Hiking the Camino

Hiking the Camino

I love to read a good book. I want a book that will be hard to put down because I was entertained with good imagery, given opportunity to let my mind create mentally the cast of characters and create the scene. I read all types of books, the girly romantic kind, mysteries and books that will inspire me to grow as a person in my walk of life.

One of my favorite inspirational books is titled Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus. I read this book during my lunch breaks at work. Each day I looked forward to lunching with writer Father Dave Pivonk as he hiked the Camino De Santiago.

When reading “Hiking the Camino” the imagery and language of the author is so comfortable it feels like he is sitting next to you telling you of his pilgrimage in an intimate and personal way. It felt as though I was walking this journey with him. I was inspired, I laughed and I cried as I read how Father Dave Pivonka traveled this ancient pilgrim path to the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago, Spain, in celebration of his priesthood.

As I read this book I questioned my personal faith values. Do I give God the sacrifice of praise when I am down and can only feel my own pains? Do I trust God in all matters, how often do I let my human brain take over? And daily do I ask God to guide me as I go through my day as a believer?

It has been a year since I read this book and I find that I often talk about the effect this journey had on me. If you are looking for a good book that will inspire you and enlighten you, I would recommend Hiking the Camino.

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About the Author

Tammy Monjaras serves as the director of the customer satisfaction division. As an avid reader, she loves speaking to customers about the latest books Franciscan Media offers. Tammy is a native Texan but has called Cincinnati home for the past 15 years with her husband, Richard, children and grandchildren.