Camino Book Review: One Woman’s Camino

Cover-One-Womans-CaminoTracy Pawelski, author

Book Review by Stacey Wittig

My heart raced a bit as I tore open the package that contained this book and a ‘Welcome Home’ note from author Tracy Pawelski when I returned from my latest Camino. While I walked Camino del Norte this month, Tracy released her book, One Woman’s Camino.

Earlier this year, I was honored to preview Tracy’s manuscript and write a pre-publication review of this inspiring Camino book. I found her writing style to be engaging and that her story was similar to mine: successful business woman steps back from her all-encompassing career to find more on the Camino de Santiago.

After opening the package and admiring the cover, I turned the book over to see if the publisher had used a quote from my review on the outside back cover. Sure enough, there it was.

My full review is printed in the preface of the book:

This engaging narrative is not simply a mother-daughter story set on Camino de Santiago, but goes deep to reveal how that sometimes-complicated relationship can lead to transformation and mid-life self-discovery. One Woman’s Camino is an insightful, true story about a modern, corporate woman overcoming obstacles on the ancient pilgrimage route.
Stacey Wittig, author Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago.

 

Trading high heels for hiking boots

Tracy trades her high heels for hiking boots and sets out for a Camino Frances adventure. Although she plans for a mother-daughter experience, the Camino author soon learns that this journey will be a “One-Woman” Camino that is all about self-discovery and self-actualization. Tracy’s authenticity is sure to inspire you to walk the ancient path.

The first step can be the hardest

Whether your next step is

  • Rewiring your priorities,
  • Resetting your course, or
  • Reconnecting with your faith,

the first step can be the hardest, says Tracy on her author website. Yet in Tracy’s story, you’ll find the inspiration to “make each step a new beginning in this uncertain but glorious journey we call life.” You can see why Tracy Pawelski is one of the Camino authors that I enjoy reading.

Order the book now on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2JMN6oO

 

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Confraternity of St James adds ‘Spiritual and Walking Guide’ to CSJ book list

CSJ-Stacey-Wittig-Camino-SpiritualityThe Confraternity of St James recently added Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago on El Camino to their prestigious Camino Library and book list. The Confraternity of St James is a British association founded “to bring together those interested in the medieval pilgrim routes through Spain and France to the shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela, and in the associated rich heritage of art, architecture, history, music and faith.”

The high-traffic website that can be found at www.csj.org.uk delivers:

  • Advice for planning your pilgrimage,
  • Information about routes to Santiago,
  • Camino news, and a
  • Bibliography of important Camino books.

Writer Stacey Wittig’s name is listed with other favorite Camino authors including John Brierley,  A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean • Roncesvalles • Santiago (Camino Guides) (Paperback) – Common and Rebekah Scott, The Moorish Whore in the Camino association’s library.

The Camino reading list and library may be viewed at http://www.csj.org.uk/libcat/index.php?action=find_keyword&cur_page=0&find=SPIRITUALITY

The CSJ has an office, bookshop and library, which includes a hard copy of Wittig’s book, in central London close to Blackfriars Bridge, open to the public at various set times or by appointment.

Wittig is currently working on a second book entitled Spiritual and Walking Guide: Lourdes to St Jean Pied de Port. She  that book from her home near the Grand Canyon.

Click to order on Amazon:
Brierley, JohnA Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean • Roncesvalles • Santiago (Camino Guides) (Paperback) – Common

Rebekah, Scott The Moorish Whore

Wittig, StaceySpiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago on El Camino (Spiritual and Walking Guides) (Volume 1)

 

Au Coeur du Chemin adds Spiritual and Walking Guide to prestigious Camino book list

Coeur-du-CheminAu Coeur du Chemin recently added Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago on El Camino to their prestigious Camino Book List. Au Coeur du Chemin is a French association which aims to welcome pilgrims, mark the ways of St. James and provide information about Les Chemins de St Jacque (Caminos de Santiago) that pass through the Pyrenees in southwestern France or “the heart of the Camino.”

The high-traffic website that can be found at www.compostelle.fr or www.aucoeurduchemin.org delivers:

  • Advice for hiking or the crossing the Pyrenees,
  • Route following descriptions and maps for each étape/stage,
  • Forum where pilgrims ask questions,
  • List of Pilgrim Reception Centers (Centres d’Accueil) that are part of LA VIE DE NOTRE association, and a
  • Bibliography of important Camino books.

Writer Stacey Wittig’s name is listed with other favorite Camino authors including John Brierley,  A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean • Roncesvalles • Santiago (Camino Guides) (Paperback) – Common and Gerald Kelly, Camino de Santiago – Practical Preparation and Background on the Camino association’s list of English guidebooks for Camino Frances. The Camino reading list may be viewed at www.aucoeurduchemin.org/spip/spip.php?rubrique458

Coeur-authors-listWittig used the French website extensively to research for her recent pilgrimage from Lourdes to Santiago. “The detailed maps were excellent,” said the travel journalist. “The association has given me permission to use those same maps in my upcoming book Spiritual and Walking Guide: Lourdes to St Jean Pied de Port. She is currently working on that book from her home near the Grand Canyon.

Click to order on Amazon:
Brierley, JohnA Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean • Roncesvalles • Santiago (Camino Guides) (Paperback) – Common

Kelly, GeraldCamino de Santiago – Practical Preparation and Background

Wittig, StaceySpiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago on El Camino (Spiritual and Walking Guides) (Volume 1)