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Along the Templar Trail: Seven Million Steps for Peace Paperback – January 1, 2008
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"The author is a skillful narrator of people and places far from even the most adventurous traveler. Writing is descriptive and personal and purposeful." ~ Judges, Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, 2009 Best Travel Book Gold-Winner
"Rich with descriptive detail, replete with humor and never lacking in the life-altering experiences of his previous journeys, this is arguably Wilson's most personal, passionate book yet - a resolute plea for compassion in an often intolerant world and a testament to the healing power of history." ~ C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen
"Along the Templar Trail writes the message in brilliant, even blazing letters: Peace and prosperity are undeniably possible, and they can come in our time...for all time. If only a few more ordinary mortals had the will and fortitude of this author, we would live in a very different world." (5 shakas) ~ Joseph W. Bean, Maui Weekly
"This is one of those books you slow down and pace yourself like a pilgrim, because the wonder is in the journey... Take your time with this book. Savor every step. Brandon is at his best ever in Templar Trail, a truly heartwarming story of dedication, hope and love." ~ Andy O'Hara, author of The Swan: Tales of the Sacramento Valley
"A vivid and eye-opening blend of history, adventure, mysticism and modern conflict... we cannot resist being swept along with the fervor of this quest. Simply one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time..." ~ Richard Bangs, legendary adventurer, co-founder Mountain Travel Sobek "More than the mere adventure of two brave men, it is a grand and noble quest for peace... Combines a marvelous sense of Zen with good humor, and his personal style makes you feel as if you were there taking part in it all..." ~ Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review "...A rhapsody on the theme of pilgrimage. May Brandon Wilson's goal of fostering peace along the glory roads of the world inspire a trail of pilgrims to create their own sacred journeys in the interest of world peace." ~ Phil Cousineau, author The Art of Pilgrimage "A travel lodestone - a magical quest, a warts-and-all journey... This is a special book hovering above its obvious travel-shelf slot into a spot of its own." ~ Marilis Hornidge, Courier-Gazette, Maine "A fascinating testimony of faith and gumption that inspired two men to take seven million steps for peace. A must read..." ~ Arun Gandhi, President, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence "Strictly fast-forward... Wilson's remarkably attractive account will galvanize couch potatoes..." ~ ForeWord Reviews "The vivid prose and passion for adventure makes this book an exciting read... You can live vicariously, although I must say I am more inspired than ever to walk each day." (5 stars) ~ The Rebecca Review, Amazon Top 10 Reviewer "Fast-moving and inspiring... Readers of Brandon's other books will be snapping this up. Great, touching and hugely interesting." ~ Jessica Roberts, BookPleasures.com
From the Author
Chapter I. Heeding the Call (Preparation)
Chapter II. The Agony of de Feet (France)
Chapter III. "Sun in the Eyes" (Switzerland, Germany)
Chapter IV. The Kindness of Strangers (Austria, Slovakia)
Chapter V. On the Trail of "Treep" (Hungary)
Chapter VI. World War III? (Serbian Border to Belgrade)
Chapter VII. "It is Our Custom Here" (Belgrade to Bulgaria)
Chapter VIII. Balkan Meltdown (Bulgaria)
Chapter IX. Difficult Choices (Turkish Border to Istanbul)
Chapter X. Turks Bearing Gifts (Istanbul to Kütahya)
Chapter XI. "Sempre Diretto" (Kütahya to Alanya)
Chapter XII. Crossing the Line (Cyprus)
Chapter XIII. Life in a Sea of Sharks (Israel)
Chapter XIV. One Step, One Seed (Jerusalem)
Chapter XV. Reflections
Lessons of the Trail
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Along the Templar Trail is an amazing account of two men, one from America and one from Dijon, France who joined together to walk from Paris to Jerusalem in the name of peace. Having met on an earlier Camino , Brandon, in his 40s, was fascinated with the 60 something Emile and his dream of walking the thousands of miles of the remaining historic route across eleven countries and two continents. When Emile's wife could not do this pilgrimage he asked Brandon to do it and the trail and tale begins. Two more different people could not be imagined. Supposedly Emile had worked on the route for six years but actually he had made no plans. French was the only language he was proficient in and he would not attempt a single word in any other language which left Brandon to do all of the communicating and plans. Emile was to have had all the maps but again, no. One was fit and one was unfit. As a walker I kept reading and laughing and wondering how much longer Brandon was going to do this with Emile.
Along the way these two struggled through countries that I had to look up to locate. They struggled with blisters, the cold and extreme heat in places , lack of food, lack of places to sleep. They had to consider the real threat of war in the Middle East while they were there. They found the connections with people whose lives were so different from theirs. They found kindness, political discord, compassion and an overwhelming fact that people in countries not aligned with ours desired the same things that we all do: safety for their family, food to feed their children and peace so that their children can live.
Along the Templar Trail took me out of my ordinary life and placed me in locations that I would have never, even with the internet and television, have been a part of but I was, chapter by chapter, foot by foot for 2,620 miles. I am so glad to have made this journey with these two men.
M E Connolly
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