4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A work to write, a very helpful read, a true journey,
This review is from: Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life (Paperback)
I watched "The Way" recently, with Martin Sheen walking El Camino de Santiago. He apparently walked a lot of the distance of the pilgrimage, but Phileena Heuertz walked all of it. And the story of her journey, as set out in this book, is very much worth reading. In the foreword Phyllis Tickle talks of it as a "tender book" and she is right. You can, at many points, feel the pain of the pilgrimage itself, but also the pain of being stripped of many aspects of who the author is, that she might discover more of the true person.
The book is well written, and easy to read. But the most helpful aspect to me was in applying it to my own life, as I began to realise in reading it that being self-aware of weaknesses and failings in my own life was not the end of the journey, but merely the beginning of God doing a work in me. And that even in the darker moments, this was a period of preparation for spring and rebirth and transformation. It's an incredibly hopeful book, even if it reminds you that in life, like this story of pilgrimage, you have to spend time in awakening, longing and darkness and death for a period.
If, like the author, you grew up in a conservative evangelical framework, you will find some of this causes you to rethink through your own dogmas. That to me is the mark of what makes an exceptional book. I wrestled with this book at points, but always came of it glad for having done so. I've been led to rethink my own willingness to journey rather than just consume, to consider how I can submit myself to serve the woman I love that she may be more of the woman she was created to be, and challenged to rethink my meditations.
Great book, very glad I read it.