Published by Hay House, Inc on September 30th 2014
Source: I purchased a copy of this book.
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Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, an 820-kilometer trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. In this book, Sonia shares the intimate details of her grueling experience, as well as the unexpected moments of grace, humor, beauty, and companionship that supported her through her darkest hours.
This is a title I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but my book club will be discussing it later this month. Walking Home had a few distinct (but connected) sides to it: part travelogue, part spiritual journey, part self-help book.
Maybe I’m too cynical and skeptical for the more spiritual aspects of this book. Part of me found her spirituality fascinating: she pulls from all sorts of different faith traditions, and connects to God in a way that genuinely works for her. But that spiritual diversity also made me feel scattered and skeptical as a reader, and I found it hard to swallow things like past life connections.
Choquette often phrases things in a way that reads like a self-help book. It makes sense; according to her website, she’s a “spiritual teacher, six-sensory consultant, and transformational visionary guide.” But that kind of jargon felt awkward in places. I wanted more of Choquette’s personal voice, not her professional voice.
The travelogue aspect of the book was fantastic, though. I loved reading about the walk itself, and that probably saved the book for me. Although her fellow pilgrims were strangers, they were so helpful and supportive of each other. That includes the author, who will give someone in need the clothes off her back—and did! I loved her kindness and compassion. The tiny villages she passed through, the things she saw, the simplicity of her accommodations, the food she ate, the people she met; these were the things I was most interested in as I read, and Choquette brought that to life for me.