American Pilgrims on Camino adds ‘Spiritual and Walking Guide’ to Book List

The latest addition to the American Pilgrims on the Camino book list is Stacey Wittig’s Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago. American Pilgrims on Camino (APOC), a non-profit organization, provides information to pilgrims that includes links to online resources, book lists, CD and music lists and Camino essays. The APOC Camino reading list includes a wealth of books for pilgrims interested in walking El Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route in northern Spain.APOC-Camino-reading-list-Wittig

The mission of American Pilgrims on the Camino is to foster the enduring tradition of the Camino by supporting its infrastructure, by gathering pilgrims together, and by providing information and encouragement to past and future pilgrims. Their high-traffic website states:

The modern literature on the Camino and on pilgrimage encompasses not only many walker’s guides, but also cultural handbooks on art and architecture, personal narratives and reflections, novels and more.

The easy-to-use Camino book list is divided into the following categories:

  • Guide Books (in English)
  • Guide Books (Other than English)
  • Personal Accounts and Reflections
  • Fiction
  • Culture and History
  • Other Printed Material

Listed in the “Guide Books (In English)” category, Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago is included with other well-known Camino books such as John Brierley’s Pilgrim’s guides and maps to the Camino de Santiago and the Camino portugués, and Bethan Davies’ and Ben Cole’s Walking the Camino de Santiago.

“When I first walked El Camino in 2005, I used Bethan Davies’ guide,” explained Camino author Stacey Wittig. “So I am intimately familiar with her work. Back then, I originally looked for a route guide that also included Bible scriptures and daily devotionals. I didn’t want to carry a heavy Bible, a daily devotional and a route guide. I hoped that such a book would also include space to journal my own thoughts. Since I couldn’t find that sort of thing, I felt inspired to compile a guide that would lead readers spiritually as well as physically through the landscape. This inspirational Camino guide includes scriptures for The Way of St. James. It has been described as ‘The Way devotional.’

“I am very honored that American Pilgrims on the Camino includes my book on their Camino reading list,” continued the writing pilgrim. The Camino devotional is now listed on the reading lists of three of the world’s top Camino de Santiago websites.APOC-Camino-Book-List-Wittig

The APOC listing describes the book:

Author Stacey Wittig has written a spiritual guide for walking from León, Spain, to Santiago. What about pilgrimage helps you let go of fears and find peace that passes understanding? How can you be still and hear God’s voice as you trek the ancient pilgrimage route? How will you prepare your heart for a closer walk with God on the Camino? Find answers to these and other questions in this daily devotional and walking guide. Included in this book are daily scripture readings, meditations and questions for reflection to make the most of your pilgrimage and on the more practical side, details about where to sleep, daily distances walked and essential websites, insider travel tips, how to obtain a credential, how to follow the route without maps. The book contains space to journal thoughts and revelations.

Order Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago now on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Slo6Rq

 

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Spiritual & Walking Guide showcased in American Pilgrims publication

The American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) recently published an excerpt from “Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago on El Camino” in their summer newsletter. American Pilgrims on the Camino,  a non-profit organization whose objective Spiritual-Guide-Stacey-Wittig-APOC-newsletter_American-Pilgrims-on-Caminois to facilitate communication within the community of North American pilgrims, has over 22 local chapter and reaches 1000s of readers.

“The excerpt is from Day 14 of the daily devotional that helps pilgrims follow the pathways of their hearts while trekking the ancient pilgrimage route,” explained author Stacey Wittig about the Camino guide. “I am truly blessed by the editors of La Concha who included this meditation entitled ‘Walking in the Good Way’ which is based on Jeremiah 6:16-19.”

The daily Camino devotional complete with questions  for reflection may be viewed at: Spiritual-Guide-Stacey-Wittig-APOC-newsletter_1407. El Camino de Santiago in Spain is a popular trekking route for North Americans since the movie The Way, starring Martin Sheen and produced by his son Emilio Estevez.

The daily scriptures for The Way and walking guide may be purchased in hard copy or Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/061598939X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=061598939X&linkCode=as2&tag=vagablulu-20&linkId=4EHVPWSYKRXTROTZ

Book well received at American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) annual gathering

Belleville, Ill — American Pilgrims on the Camino gathering participants had rare opportunities to review and hear excerpts from the Camino’s most recent walking guide last week at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago on El Camino, a guidebook that combines Christian daily devotionals with a walking guide for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in northern Spain, was unveiled at the annual gathering.

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Meeting American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) at book table at 2014 gathering. Stacey Wittig (L) and Gary Mitchener.

“The book was well received,” exclaimed author Stacey Wittig, who was on-site to answer questions about the Camino guide. “I so appreciated American Pilgrims on the Camino organizers, who offered table space to show my new paperback.”

The dimensions of the small book were designed to fit conveniently in an outside pocket of the pilgrim’s backpack; it is, of course, light weight.

The book is also available in Kindle and eBook versions for those who would rather read it from their tablet or smart phone. Gathering attendees at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows also heard Wittig read one of the daily Camino devotionals at the end of the “Camino Cabaret,” a talent show which has become a tradition at the annual gatherings.

The 2015 Annual Gathering of Pilgrims will be held in Menlo Park, Calif. on March 12-15.

Learn more about the Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago on El Camino by clicking HERE.