‘Spiritual & Walking Guide’ to be included in Presbyterian Outlook’s Spring Books Edition

PresybterianOutlookSpiritual & Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago is to be included in Presbyterian Outlook’s Spring Books Edition. We received that news today from their book editor. Look for the review next month at http://pres-outlook.org/category/faith-culture/reviews/book-reviews. The spiritual and walking guide book for people walking the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through northern Spain is available in paperback and e-book at Amazon.com.

The daily devotional and walking guide helps Camino pilgrims to:

  • prepare their hearts for the pilgrimage,
  • meditate on Bible scriptures appropriate for the terrain,
  • find their way, and
  • debrief after the walk and assimilate what they’ve found on The Way into their lives back home.

To learn more about the Camino devotional written by Stacey Wittig, go to Amazon.com. The Camino guide includes scriptures for The Way, recommendations for places to sleep, questions for reflection and pages to journal thoughts.

From the Presbyterian Outlook website:

The Presbyterian Outlook is an independent biweekly magazine on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Our mission is to equip, nurture and inspire church leaders within the Reformed tradition to be faithful servants in a dynamic, changing and challenging time. For nearly 200 years we have been a trusted source of news, commentary and resources.

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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)

 

Ionut Preda: Inspiration on Camino de Santiago

Ionut Preda dripped a blood red drop of hot wax onto my pilgrim credential and then quickly pressed a metal sealer into the congealing liquid. His seal left the impression of two bare footprints on the passport-like credential that I carried with me during this 500-mile trek across northern Spain. This flimsy piece of folded paper proved that I was a pilgrim and allowed me overnight access to albergues or pilgrim accommodations. It was stamped and dated by albergue hosts to ensure that I didn’t sojourn too long in one town and overstay my pilgrim status. The credential was also proof that I had actually been to these places along the route so I could earn a Compostela from the Catholic Church at the endpoint, Santiago de Compostela, the resting place of the bones of St. James the Greater.Credential

“I love looking at my credential,” Robert from Holland had explained earlier. “I can tell you a story an hour long about each one of these stamps. It is such a good way to remember my journey.” And so pilgrims like Robert and me collected stamps or sellos from restaurants, churches and wayside attractions like the one we were at now. Sometimes you had to pay an entrance fee to get the imprint from a rubber stamp, like at the cathedral in Leon. Other times you needed to be a paying customer to receive a stamp as at the bar at Orison.

Yet at this humble wayside attraction, merely two banquet tables set end-to-end at the edge of the roadside, the extravagant wax stamp (the only I saw during my 36-day trek) was offered by donativo or freewill offering. From the table where Ionut Preda performed the stamping ritual hung several newspaper clippings.

“Yo quiero caminar” professed one newspaper headline over a full-color photo of a tired pilgrim in front of the Santiago Cathedral. “I want to walk.” Ionut Preda20150602_104309_400 standing behind the table pointed to the photo and said, “That’s me.”

I bent down to look closely at the newspaper clippings. “But this man has only one leg,” I said.

Ionut Preda stepped out from behind the table and raised his right leg, revealing a clunky prosthesis. “I walked Camino de Santiago with this,” he said. I suddenly felt ashamed that I had been feeling sorry for myself because my feet were sore. I soon learned that Ionut Preda was a very special man, a Paralympic athlete that worked with kids in his gymnasium that was located here, on the edge of the Camino de Santiago between Palas de Rei and Melide, Spain.

The athlete who lost his right foot after an accident with a mechanical crane at age eight has overcome his loss to win more than 100 national and international medals.

“My road was not easy,” the native of Timisoara, Romania said in Spanish on his20150602_104318_600 website. “…Over the years, I came to have a relationship with God, and every time the idea of helping child amputees who need prostheses, motivate them to do sport, to integrate into society, show that you can lead a normal life it grows within me.”

“Traveling, God gave me the opportunity to meet a great woman who today is my wife and Mr. Emanuel rewarded us with our son. They fill me with motivation and desire to leave a legacy, ‘If I can, you can too’.”

Ionut Preda and Stacey Wittig

Paralympic athlete Ionut Preda and author Stacey Wittig

On the second table, Ionut Preda sold athletic shirts sporting his logo and slogan “Mas de Camino” or “More than a Road.” My companions and I bought the brightly colored shirts and continued on our way no longer tired, but refreshed from having met the inspiring athlete.

Now when I look at my credential and see the imprint of two perfect bare feet, I think of the man with one foot who inspires children to be all they can be. Like Robert, I can look at that one stamp and tell a story that will last for an hour…or years.

Ionut Preda, Paralympic Athlete

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Praise for ‘Spiritual and Walking Guide’

Anne Childs, writer

Anne Childs, writer

Author Stacey Wittig was blessed to receive this email from reader, Anne Childs:


Good morning Stacey,

I wanted to write a quick note to thank you for the copy of your wonderful book. I’m reading it right now and am moved by the scripture meditations and thoughtfulness of the book.
I also love the personal experiences and insights you’ve shared from your own journey. I think the fact that the book speaks even to someone who is not even doing the pilgrimage speaks volumes. It’s obviously very versatile and you can see the fingerprints of the Lord on it!

Thank you, Anne! Good to hear that the book speaks to those who have not done El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The Camino devotional contains scriptures selected to reflect the changing environment through which the Camino pilgrim passes each day. Order the book directly from Amazon by clicking on the link below:

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

Spiritual & Walking Guide featured in AmigosNAZ magazine

Amigos-NAZ-Camino-Guide-devotionalSpiritual and Walking Guide is featured in the publication AmigosNAZ. The article declares that people setting out on The Way of St. James, or El Camino de Santiago now have a book, which guides them along the pathways of their heart during the pilgrimage. The pilgrimage route  in northern Spain was made famous by the Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez movie “The Way.”

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Seekers may order the book, Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago, online at by clicking the link below:
Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago on El Camino (Spiritual and Walking Guides) (Volume 1)

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

Camino Pilgrims Using Spiritual & Walking Guide

Testimonial-Missy-Smith-Spiritual-and-Walking-Guide-CaminoMissy Smith Lawson of Kansas City reported on Facebook today that she and her husband Brian will be using The Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago as a guide for the spiritual part of their Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage.

“While on the Camino, I’ll be using this devotional/guidebook to guide the spiritual part of my pilgrimage…Brian and I had the privilege of meeting the author at the American Pilgrims on the Camino Gathering. Thank you, Stacey Wittig, for answering God’s call to write this spiritual walking guide!”

Thank you, Missy for the kind words! God bless you both as you follow the pathways of your hearts along The Way of St. James in northern Spain. Let me know what you think of the scriptures for The Way that are listed for your contemplation.

Order the book on Amazon by clicking here: http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Walking-Guide-Santiago-Camino

Follow Brian and Missy’s trek at https://www.facebook.com/groups/627522590667089/

Link to the video in the Facebook post: http://youtu.be/AB0nvI6vef8