- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Kurt Koontz; 7/29/13 edition (August 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615852920
- ISBN-13: 978-0615852928
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 705 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Kurt Koontz was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. At the age of 36, he retired from a sales executive career at a Fortune 500 company. For the past decade, his travels have taken him to all corners of the world. These adventures are off the beaten path and usually involve physical and mental endurance. In September of 2012, he walked 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The journey was a life changing experience and he decided to write his first book to share the experience.
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I'm a middle aged man facing a lot of the same struggles: fatigue, winds, rain, inclines, descents, declines, addiction, inability to enjoy the now, little time to take a breath, engage, get to know people. I feel like I've got my compass back.
I woke up one morning late in the week and walked out to silence that was interrupted by a "thwump - thwump - thwump." I could not identify its source until I saw a bird with a massive wing span from 100 yards across the field leap into the air. At that moment I noticed myself appreciating my own company. It was not ego, it was an introduction. That memory has remained vivid in my life for over three decades.
The challenge is always to sort out who we are from what life's frenzy contorts us into believing about ourselves and others.
This book was a wonderful reminder of that moment. The day I left, all alone, I wept. There is not a morbid moment in this book, but whether you've had your introduction to yourself or not, this wonderful read will touch your soul.
My recommendation: buy it, savor it, enjoy it.
Kurt Koontz creates a picture of the magic of the Camino. We loved the image of him singing as he walked. We plan to do his circular "restart dance" whenever we get tired. I'm thinking of names for my walking poles, too!
Kurt is a wonderful writer -- his honesty helped infect us with his joy.