This book is a gentle and undemanding read, so in a way it is rather like its title! Yes, there is some repetition, but other than that, I liked the way the book was organised into "life lessons" rather than just chronologically. Some of these lessons are (I will choose some that I particularly need to focus on!)
Live in the Now
Be Attentive to Your Body
Don't Let Difficulties Deter You
Trust in The Divine Companion
Let Yourself Be Humbled by Weakness
Of course, none of these are earthshattering revelations, but nevertheless it is good to be reminded of them now and then. I have never read Joyce Rupp before, but I certainly identified with many of the "faults" she confesses to having - being too independant, inpatient and intolerant, but hopefully I also share, to some extent, her honesty and integrity. Certainly this was a bold undertaking for someone of 60yrs, though she refers to a couple of pilgrims in their 80's). I know that as well as not being able to walk that far, I also would find it too much for me in other ways - the heat, the lack of clean basic hygeine facilities, dirty beds and bedding and sleeping in a room with up to 100 other pilgrims! Having said that, I would not of course have a "Tom" with me, and as you read the book it becomes quite evident that he was the perfect companion for Rupp in so many ways, and that without him, she too may not have been able to complete the pilgrimage, or at least have got so much from it.
After travelling the way with Joyce and her companion, I was looking forward to reading about their final arrival in Santiaigo and the "Pilgrim Mass" they attended in the Cathedral, but oddly enough there is no mention of it, and the book seemed incomplete without it, even if it, in itself, did not add to Rupp's "life lessons". As the pevious reviewer indicated, there is a surprise at the end of the book, which forced me to reassess what had gone before. I would also agree that I didn't see the point of the peculiar "grainy" effect of the black and white photos at the beginning of each chapter, but this is a minor quibble. It's a book I'm glad I bought and one that I can see myself rereading in the future as my own "journey of faith" continues.