Best Camino Christmas Gift Ever: 3 Reasons Why

Camino-Christmas-TreeLooking for the perfect Christmas gift for your Camino pilgrim? Whether your pilgrim has already walked the Camino de Santiago through northern Spain or is planning on doing so, this book makes for the perfect holiday present. Spiritual & Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago is a daily devotional for pilgrims trekking along the ancient way.

Three Reasons Why this Camino book is the Best Camino Christmas Gift Ever:

The gift of this book expresses your thoughtfulness of acknowledging and honoring their Camino adventure. The daily guide includes short stories found along the way and scripture verses that go along with them.

  1. Affordable. The book is available for your budget, whether it be the paperback version or the even more reasonably priced e-version made for Kindle or other electronic devices on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book sellers throughout the world.
  2. Gift wrap? No problem, order the paperback book at Amazon and select the gift wrap option, and your Camino gift will be sent already wrapped in festive paper and ribbon to surprise your pilgrim friend or relative. No muss, no fuss.
  3. The Reason for the Season. Giving a book chock full of Christian scriptures included because they are metaphors for our walk with Christ reminds us of the Reason for the Season: the entry of Jesus Christ into our world. The best gift ever.

“Day by day, step by step the author takes us on the coveted journey that millions of people have walked, ridden donkeys and horses, or been carried to this most famous Christian pilgrimage site after Jerusalem and Rome. The time you take to reach the goal is up to you. Stacey Wittig just makes the process a whole lot easier with practical lodging suggestions, packing tips and walking times as well as some spiritual advice and meditations. This book is a complete “how to” guide taking you from your front door to your final step.” –Linda Kissam, Goodreads Review

Why wait? Order the book now at Amazon.

Stacey Wittig is an author based near Flagstaff, Arizona. She wrote Spiritual & Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago after hiking the Camino in 2005. She has since returned three additional times and plans to walk a section in France in 2016.

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

 

‘Day by day, step by step the author takes us on the coveted journey,’ GoodReads Review

goodreadsGoodReads reviewer, Linda Kissam examines “Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago.” Read the complete review at https://www.goodreads.com/review

It’s quite fashionable to create a “Bucket List.” For most people this is a life list of accomplishments they hope to check off before they leave the earthly plane for the next really big adventure. If you’re one of those, you might want to add to your list the Camino de Santiago, Spain, walking path and the book, “Spiritual and Walking Guide Leon to Santiago on El Camino” by Stacey Wittig.

Sometimes referred to as the “Camino,” in total it is about a 500-mile walk- often done as a modern-day pilgrimage. Not to worry, it can be done a section of it a time. The whole thing would take you about 30 and 40 days. This books takes on the Leon to Santiago route. Our author shares her 19-day trip. There are some who complete their Camino by going back year after year. It’s up to you, but as they say…it all begins with the first step. According to our author, “Once your body gets into the rhythm of the walking pilgrimage, you hike without head knowledge you are doing so. Walking becomes like breathing…”

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Linda Kissam, goodreads reviewer

There are no real rules on how the journey is laid out, but if you want a pilgrim certificate you will have guidelines and need to do some paperwork. This is all addressed by the author. You can walk fast (or slow), you can bike, or even do it by auto. This is not necessarily a religious-focused adventure – but it usually is and can be if you wish it to be, and it certainly was for our author. Daily meditations and prayers are part of the structure of the book…

Day by day, step by step the author takes us on the coveted journey that millions of people have walked, ridden donkeys and horses, or been carried to this most famous Christian pilgrimage site after Jerusalem and Rome. The time you take to reach the goal is up to you. Stacey Wittig just makes the process a whole lot easier with practical lodging suggestions, packing tips and walking times as well as some spiritual advice and meditations. This book is a complete “how to” guide taking you from your front door to your final step.

Whether for fun or experiencing a spiritual adventure, the walk serves as a retreat for contemporary pilgrims. If you think it’s time to get going on your next purpose-filled journey, then this 95 page book is your starting point. Highly recommend.

Add Spiritual and Walking Guide to your Camino book list and Camino reading list by going to Amazon.com. This El Camino devotional is available in paperback or ebook.

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)

‘Spiritual & Walking Guide’ featured resource in REI Bay Area lectures

This month, REI in the Bay Area offers seminars about walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain from experienced walker and Camino Guide, Nancy Reynolds. The book, Spiritual and Walking Guide, is featured in her list of resources.Reynolds-Camino-Talk-Handout-Final

“You will get a sense of the challenges and rewards of walking this ancient path, plus practical information for planning your own pilgrimage. Whether you are looking for adventure, a fitness challenge, or a spiritual pilgrimage, you will learn enough to know if the Camino de Santiago is the walk for you. You will also get some expert tips and tricks for getting the most from your Camino experience, whether you will walk for a week, or plan to take every step along the 500-mile path,” states the REI website.

Nancy Reynolds, Camino hiking expert and owner of The Camino Experience recommends the Camino devotional “Spiritual & Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago” by Stacey Wittig as a guidebook in the Resource Guide that she hands out at the REI lecture.

Order your own copy of The Way devotional entitled, “Spiritual & Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago,” on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle, click on the link below:
Spiritual and Walking Guide: Leon to Santiago on El Camino (Spiritual and Walking Guides) (Volume 1)

Download the Camino Resource Guide (Camino Checklist) here: Reynolds-Camino-Talk-Handout-Final

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.”

AmigosNAZ is a print and online media source that provides information about and for the vibrant and diverse cultures in Northern Arizona.

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)