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The Accidental Pilgrim

The Accidental Pilgrim [Kindle Edition]

Maggi Dawn
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'THE ACCIDENTAL PILGRIM is a welcome read for those of us who identify more with Chaucer's characters than the holier-than-thou crowd. Maggi Dawn's honest portrayals of her journey from tourist to pilgrim encourage me to keep walking along my own unique and crooked pilgrim path.' (Becky Garrison, author of Jesus Died For This? A Satirist's Search for the Risen Christ 2011-04-27)

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Pilgrimage has been an important practice for Christians since the fourth century, but for many people these days it is no more than a relic of church history, utterly irrelevant to their lives. In THE ACCIDENTAL PILGRIM author and theologian Maggi Dawn shares her own gradual discovery of what it means to be a pilgrim, and suggests ways in which we can rediscover this ancient spiritual discipline in our global, twenty-first century world. Study trips to the Holy Land, frustrated pilgrimages as a young mother and internal journeys of soul all feature in this beautiful and inspiring memoir. Exploring both the past and the present of pilgrimage, it is a compelling invitation to all on the journey of faith.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 286 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00A19W7VU
  • Publisher: Hodder (21 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056WOFF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maggi Dawn was born in Sheffield, England, and grew up in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. She started her professional life as a singer-songwriter, and then studied theology and literature at the University of Cambridge, UK.
She is currently Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at Yale University (Institute of Sacred Music)
Her writing combines her interests in music, literature and theology.

Maggi lives in Connecticut, USA, with her son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to keep by your bedside forever 13 July 2011
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This is a beguiling book. I'm not quite sure what I had expected, but as Maggi Dawn teaches theology and is Chaplain at Robinson College, Cambridge (though she is about to move to Yale as Associate Professor), I did anticipate a possible struggle. She quotes from The Revd Dr Dee Dyas's "Pilgrimage in English Medieval Literature" (p45), which is indeed a scholarly work, but I needed a following wind, several espressos and a towel wrapped round my head to absorb that. Fear not. You are in different territory here. With the lightest of gossamer touches, in her first two sentences, she draws you into the narrative of what is in effect a journal:

'Standing on the cool, bare tiles in the shade of the wooden shutters at the window, I squinted into the bright light. Directly below was a military checkpoint, and to either side the road was lined with tumbledown buildings. Beyond them the sandy landscape was cobwebbed with olive trees and far away in the distance some new buildings on the upper slopes of the hills shone dazzling white in the late afternoon sun'.

Impossible not to read on. It moves at a cracking pace and, at only 147 pages of double-spaced type, I would have finished it in one sitting were it not for an annoying person from Porlock who interrupted me. Although I have never met the author, I feel I know her well from our conversations on twitter. But even if I had never had any previous contact, in this book I would have felt her lead me by the hand on her physical journeys, whether to the Holy Land, Spain or nearer to home, answer questions about the meaning of what we were seeing without my needing to voice them, and suggest other questions of her own for me to think about. In short, I would feel I had made a friend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book which brings out the pilgrim in you 18 Feb 2012
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Autobiographical theology or theological autobiography? By the time you've finished reading this enchanting book you won't mind which it is. The warmth, colour and humanity on every page draws you in and encourages you to make your own journey of faith, whatever that might be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Accidental Pilgrim 2 Mar 2013
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I loved this book. Having read 2 of MAGGI Dawns books I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It made me laugh, smile & nod my head in agreement. Being a pilgrim is a life journey, you just need to step off the treadmill & join in
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reaches the parts.... 23 July 2011
This book really hit the spot for me - wonderfully refreshing and engaging, brought a tear to my eye and smile to my face. Pencil marks now all over my copy - I will surely be quoting from it endlessly! Creatively drawing together historical pilgrimage and the rubber-hits-the-road reality of 21st century life, it's renewed the spirit of venture in this weary traveller. Inspirational and accessible. Donning my inner and outer walking boots and heading out there... (and in there ;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars meandering with meaning.... 6 Oct 2011
We are encouraged by the Psalmist to set our hearts on pilgrimage, and though every life is a journey, sometimes it can all feel a little haphazard! Maggi Dawn offers a warm and wise accompanying presence in a multi-locational journey that canters along in three distinct section-chapters. Ironically the definition and clarity around pilgrimage came in the last section and so some disconnects and interweaving muddle, was the experience for this reader.

Stories, places, truth and time are evocatively and lightly painted, in a title that will extend itself and be accessible to a diversity of really. Perhaps more geography than theology is the prevailing result, amidst, the warm spirited storytelling that pervades this brief and somewhat inconclusive book instead! Dawn has partnered with Hodder & Stoughton in the delivery of an attractive, if only curious tour of a life of faith. Set your face unrelentingly to follow the Master, and maybe this may be of helpful interest along the way!
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