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Book Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussats:
   Joyce Rupp (The Cosmic Dance) is one of our favorite authors. She calls herself "a spiritual midwife." In this edifying and inspirational paperback, she presents her adventures on a 47 day pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. At the age of 60, she took this arduous journey of 450 miles with Tom, a retired pastor and close friend. As an imaginative practitioner of spiritual literacy, Rupp has gathered together the many meanings of her experience so that fellow pilgrims can share in the bounty.
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Joyce walking Camino

October 21, 2005
Reviewed by Austin Repath:
 
 Having more than once walked the Camino De Santiago pilgrim's route in Spain, I approached "Walk In A Relaxed Manner", Rupp's account of her Camino, with a critical eye. However, after reading the first few chapters, I could barely contain my enthusiasm for her book. In fact I could barely stop myself from leaping out of my chair and taking the next flight back to Spain. Her book captures the essence of the walk like no other book I have read. She does so not in the expected fashion of a chronological telling of her walk, but by framing her journey within a series of thematic chapters that offer the reader a direct way of relating her experience to their own.
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WALK IN A RELAXED MANNER
Life Lessons From the Camino

Thoughts from the author:
 

So much of what we learn from our noteworthy journeys depends on what we experience and how we go about responding....

There were scores of joyful times, kinship with others, daily adventures, endless beauty, and periods of great peace and tranquility. Each dimension of the Camino was part of the growth process. Every step on the path opened insight and awareness and helped me to view my life more clearly. As I walked the many miles of the Camino, it led me see how I get caught up in the cultural rush and hurry, the push and pull of calendars and never-enough-time. The Camino helped me to look at the pressure of expectations and the strain of demands that I, and others, place upon myself. I am still in awe of the lessons the Camino provided.

...Little did I know that with every step I took on my walk toward Santiago, a huge change was unfolding in how I "did my life."

...It was not until we returned home that layer upon layer kept being peeled back. Underneath all the layers was one major truth for me: I had to let go of trying to control and have everything go the way I wanted it to go. I needed to look at how I did my life, not so much what I did with my life.

Most of all, walking the Camino called me to allow daily life to be the pilgrimage and adventure it truly is. As I slowed my pace on the Camino, I realized I had to slow down inside, stop being so intense, enjoy life more. I felt called to halt the constant push to be productive....

...My desire in sharing these treasures with you is to have the teachings stir up fresh enthusiasm and hope for your life as they have done for mine. You may never have the opportunity to walk across the ancient path to Santiago but you will always have the opportunity to stretch and grow spiritually on your own path of life. May these lessons of the Camino that came to me one autumn in Spain plant a seed of growth in your own heart as you walk your daily pilgrimage of life.                  — Joyce Rupp


Sample Life Lessons:
   Go Prepared
   Remember: Life Is a Great Adventure
   Live in the Now
   Be Attentive to Your Body
   Experience Homelessness
   Keep a Strong Network of Prayer
   Look for Unannounced Angels
   Trust in the Divine Companion
   Travel Lightly
   Enter into the Hum of Humanity
   Pause to Reflect

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Tom and Joyce
      Tom and I created this pilgrim prayer which we prayed each day during training and each day on the Camino.

THE PILGRIM PRAYER

Guardian of my soul,
guide me on my way this day.
Keep me safe from harm.
Deepen my relationship with you,
your Earth, and all your family.

Strengthen your love within me
that I may be a presence of your peace
in our world.

Amen

             -Tom Pfeffer & Joyce Rupp


Taken from WALK IN A RELAXED MANNER, by Joyce Rupp. Copyright 2005. Used by permission of Orbis Books. All rights reserved.

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