- Paperback: 219 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books (September 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830835075
- ISBN-13: 978-0830835072
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
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The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago Paperback – September 2, 2007
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"Boer's account is a testimony to the importance of physicality to the spiritual life. The Way Is Made by Walking is an invitation to embody pilgrimage." (The Christian Century, January 27, 2009)
"This book is neither a travelogue nor a guide to walking the Camino, but rather a spiritual reflection, which may be enriching even for those who will never walk the Camino." (Jeremy M. Bergen, The Mennonite Quarterly Review, January 2009)
"After a lifetime of theology and lectures Boers applies his mind to going deeper and taking us along with him. He challenges us who are part of the Church to engage the spiritual longings in our culture by naming the shallowness of the life many of us live, and the need to model more grace-filled lives." (Warwick Cooper, Christian Week, November 15, 2008)
"On his 31-day trek along the 500-mile pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago in Spain, Arthur Paul Boers became more aware of God at work in every detail, more sensitive to the spiritual needs of fellow pilgrims, and more convinced of the need to simplify his life." (Sonya VanderVeen Feddema, The Banner (thebanner.org), June 2008)
"His faith comes through clearly, and I think that active Christians would particularly enjoy this search for spiritual renewal." (Ralph Alcorn, Backpack45 (backpack45.com), February 2008)
"The reader will find here a rich mix of hermeneutics, social commentary and practical advice. . . . Boers vindicates pilgrimage as spiritual exercise. . . . I am grateful for this . . . book that reaffirms my disposition to embark soon on the camino de Santiago." (Segundo Pantoja, Catholic Books Review, January 2008)
"I highly recommend this book for those who have thought of doing a similar pilgrimage and those who have never thought of doing a pilgrimage. This is both a wonderful account of the physical hardships of a 500-mile journey and the even tougher, more life-changing aspects of the spiritual journey resulting from such a trip." (Mary G., Love2Learn (love2learnblog.blogspot.com), December 7, 2007)
"It offers a new (old) way to explore and deepen faith." (CBA Retailers + Resources, September 2007)
"Everything seems up for grabs, and nothing seems fulfilling any longer. But in this unassuming and engaging chronicle Arthur Boers shows that gravity and grace can be recovered step by step. And for those of us who can't go on a pilgrimage, there are wonderful lessons to be learned from one who did." (Albert Borgmann, author of Real American Ethics)
"Pack your fantasy knapsack; walk with Arthur Boers on the adventure of a lifetime, the five-hundred-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. What a lively, sensitive, down-to-earth and deeply spiritual guide Boers is! His tales as a pilgrim will so captivate your imagination that you could find yourself in real time, walking stick in hand, making your way along that sacred path made holy by the faith of countless pilgrims." (Keith J. Egan, Saint Mary's College/Notre Dame University)
About the Author
Arthur Paul Boers (D.Min., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of pastoral theology at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church USA and a Benedictine oblate at St. Gregory's Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan. His books include The Rhythm of God's Grace: Uncovering Morning and Evening Hours of Prayer and Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior. He is an editor of Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book.
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This book is not a manual for walking the Camino de Santiago. It is instead an exploration of how pilgrimage can lead oneself back home, into a deeper knowing of self, of God and how to relate to the wider world.
In this book the author takes us on a journey along the Camino de Santiago and invites us to travel with him by engaging us in reflection on the lessons that he learned along the way.
The pace of the book is thoughtful and reflective. Like the ambling that Boers expounds upon, the spiritual lessons are slow to unfold within the text. Whether or not you have ever considered the spiritual discipline of pilgrimage this book has much to teach, not just when it comes to considering whether to embark on your own pilgrimage, but in considering how you walk with God and others day by day.
I learned much through the author's thoughtful reflection and I also, surprisingly, resisted much. Though I could relate both to Boers' Mennonite roots and his Benedictine values, although I've lived cross culturally in Europe for years and place a high value on spiritual disciplines, and though I myself find that I often meet God in deeply personal ways through "ambling", I nevertheless resisted some of the applications that Boers made.
This resistance also teaches me and it leads me to conclude that as Rilke said, "everything must be lived." If "the way is made by walking" then perhaps a pilgrimage is in order.