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The The Place We  Call HomePlace We Call Home:
Spiritual Pilgrimage As A Path To God
By Murray Bodo / Paperback

Drawing from over 25 years of experience in making and leading pilgrimages, Fr. Murray Bodo offers an intriguing guide to the Christian tradition of pilgrimage, with its focus of personal transformation. Through history, memoir, and personal reflections, Fr. Murray invites readers into a rich pilgrimage experience, both geographically and spiritually. Chapters explore pilgrimages to places like Rome and Assisi, but also pilgrimages of memory to childhood, to a parent's grave, to churches and landscapes, to a hometown, and to our spiritual roots through pilgrimage narratives in the Bible and other spiritual classics.

Where Where God Was BornGod Was Born:
A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion

By Bruce Feiler / Hardcover / September 2005

The third of Feiler's books on the Bible and the Middle East, this is another absorbing blend of travelogue, history, Bible commentary, memoir, current events and passionate preaching. In Walking the Bible (2001), Feiler surveyed the Torah. This sequel picks up with Joshua, first of the prophetic books, and follows Israel's story through the Hebrew scriptures: from the invasion of Canaan through the reigns of David and Solomon to the Babylonian captivity and the Diaspora. What differentiates Feiler from most other Bible commentators is that he actually visits the places he describes, despite Palestinian suicide bombers, Iraqi insurgents, Iranian fundamentalists and his very worried family back home. - Publishers Weekly



Celtic JourniesCeltic Journeys : A Traveler's Guide to Ireland's Spiritual Legacy
by Steve Rabey, Lois Mowday Rabey / Paperback / June 2001

The Ireland of myth and legend, still to be sensed and appreciated in the modern world, is the focus of this new and different travel guide. It contains not only the usual tips on what to see, where to stay and how to get there,but also plentiful details about dozens of memorable and mystical sites, from New Grange to Staigue to Skellig Michael and Aran and beyond. The traveler in serarch of wider experience of this ancient verdant land will find fascinating information about archaeology, geography, comparative religion and local customs, as well ashighlights from lively Irish literature and haunting Celtic music.

Celtic BritainEvery Pilgrim's Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland
Andrew Jones / Paperback / June 2002

Whether planning a pilgrimage to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales or enjoying a spiritual journey without leaving home, readers of Every Pilgrim's Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland will find a wealth of information on the shrines, churches, saints, and holy places of the Celtic tradition.  

Divine divine LandscapesLandscapes: A Pilgrimage Through Britain's Sacred Places
by Ronald Blythe, Edwin Smith (Photographer) / Paperback / April 2000

Ronald Blythe presents a series of meditations on sites associated with English mystical writers and visionary poets. He demonstrates how landscapes known intimately by such luminaries as William Langland, George Herbert, and John Bunyan inform their religious outlooks. Blythe begins with a somber chapter on the meaning of Tyburn in the English religious experience and ends by considering how English hymns reflect the landscape. The image of the parish priest carrying on his duties through centuries of English history binds the chapters together, and Smith's sensitive photographs reveal how much of the past a determined explorer can still recover.

Every Every Pilgrim's Guide to England's Holy PlacesPilgrim's Guide to England's Holy Places
By Michael Counsell / Paperback / Oct 2003

England's rich spiritual history is portrayed in this informative pocket travel companion covering more than a thousand places that can be visited today. Great cathedrals and abbeys, simple chapels, martyrs' memorials, pilgrim shrines and famous resting places are all featured in this book which connects us to our deepest spiritual roots, reveals the vast holy land lying beneath our feet and tells the stories of the men and women who shaped it.

Every Every Pilgram's Guide to the Journeys of the ApostlesPilgrim's Guide to the Journeys of the Apostles
Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Syria and the Holy Land
by Michael Counsell / Paperback / May 2002

Covers all major places mentioned in the New Testament from the Book of Acts to Revelation. Packed with historical background, notes on Paul's letters, devotional insights, illustrations, maps, language guide. 

Every Every Pilgram's Guide to AssisiPilgrim's Guide to Assisi
And Other Franciscan Pilgrim Places
by Judith Dean / Paperback / Jan 2003

This new title in our successful "Every Pilgrim's Guide.." series is the perfect travelling companion to this beautiful region of Italy. Written by an experienced tour leader, it blends historical background, practical tourist information, illustrations, maps and street plans to enable visitors to make the most of their stay.

All the major Franciscan sites are described in detail: Assisi itself, Gubbio, Greccio, La Verna, Cortona and Trasimeno Lake, while information on getting around in Italy, opening times, visitor facilities and useful phrases are readily to hand. Quotes from the writings of Francis and Clare bring to life the remarkable characters revered here and throughout the world.


Churches and Cathedrals of LondonChurches and Cathedrals of London
by Stephen C. Humphrey, James Morris (Photographer), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Foreword) / Hardcover / Aug 2001

This visually stunning book explores the art, architecture, history, and legend associated with nearly 50 of London's best-known churches and cathedrals. Churches and Cathedrals of Londonbrings together historian Stephen Humphrey's vivid technical and historical descriptions with professional photographer James Morris's exquisite full-color photographs in an exuberant evocation of one of the most powerful and enduring aspects of London's glorious cultural heritage.


 Walking to the Saints: A Little Pilgrimage in France
By Anne McPherson, Tony Urquhart (Illustrator) / Paperback / March 2001

According to McPherson, pilgrimage, or the notion that one makes a special journey to a particular destination for a spiritual purpose, is not an ancient practice. Before the ninth century, believers would simply "walk to the saints," visiting as many sites as possible in no particular order. McPherson offers this book as an intuitive, almost random, "saint-walking" tour of sacred sites in France, beginning with her own second home in the southeast and winding through destinations in Toulouse, Colomba, Arles and other places. McPherson's writing has a highly personal, ethereal quality, making this contemplative book a challenging journey not only through the French countryside but also the highways and byways of historic Christian faith. 


Cistercian EuropeCistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation
by Terryl N. Kinder, Michael Downey / Hardcover / Apr 2002

Cistercian Europe offers a lavishly illustrated journey through Europe's magnificent Cistercian abbeys. A leading expert in medieval architecture, Terryl Kinder brings these famous monasteries to life, showing not only where monks lived, worked, and prayed, but also how the exquisite architecture of these buildings reflects the spiritual transformation to which their residents aspired. Dozens of famous Cistercian monasteries from across Europe have been chosen to illustrate the wide variety of forms and functions. With informed and engaging text Kinder places these monasteries squarely within the context of daily monastic life in the Middle Ages, describing the use for each abbey building, the reasons underlying the desire for simplicity, and the nature of the contemplative life they were designed to model. Maps, floor plans, and more than two hundred full-color and black-and-white photographs support the text.


by Judith Dupre, Mario Botta Hardcover / October 2001 *

The physical dimensions alone would be enough to make Churches, Judith Dupre's sumptuous chronology of Christian art and architecture, one of the most absorbing ways possible to learn about the world's most beautiful houses of worship. It is almost too big to fit in your lap, and each brilliantly colored page is almost three times the width of a human head. In addition, Churches offers floor plans, histories, and theological interpretations of almost 60 churches around the world, from the Pantheon in Rome to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Interspersed with these chapters are photographic essays on such topics as "Building a Gothic Cathedral" and "Ancient Paths: Contemporary Labyrinths." - Amazon.com



Sanctuaries: SanctuariesThe Complete United States--A Guide to Lodgings in Monasteries, Abbeys, and Retreats
by Jack Kelly, Marcia Kelly Paperback / October 1996 *

As the pace of life quickens and people feel depleted physically, emotionally, and spiritually, going on retreat to recuperate and regenerate has become a common practice. The quiet and seclusion of a monastery, abbey, or retreat center provide the time, space, and conditions for the mind and heart to come to stillness. This volume features 127 such places, which the Kellys have visited. In addition, there are over 1,000 listings of other places not visited. Many are Catholic or Episcopalian, but there are also Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi, and even Jewish havens, and a few that have no religious affiliationin all.


GuadalupeThe Road to Guadalupe:
A Modern Pilgrimage to the Goddess of the Americas

By Eryk Hanut / Hardcover / October 2001 *

Hanut, a photographer and author, interweaves the fantastic story of the Lady of Guadalupe with a piquant, deliciously iconoclastic account of his own pilgrimage to contemporary Mexico City. Wading through armies of rosary and candle-sellers, nasty nuns and believers of every stripe to behold the image of Guadalupe that miraculously appeared on Diego’s “tilma,” or serape, Hanut captures the way this mysterious divine force overflows every container and impediment, from the Catholic Church to the commercialization that grows up around her image. What makes Hanut’s account special is his unsparing honesty and his refusal to gloss over inconvenient details, like Mexican poverty or the sinuous brew of witchcraft and prayer that this goddess of the Americas evokes. - Publishers Weekly


A Pilgrim's Guide to the Holy Land
By Werner Linz / Hardcover / April 2001

Indispensable for the Holy Year celebrations, this guide includes information on more than sixty sacred sites: their history, significance, place in Scripture, and how to reach them. Many entries are enriched by Gospel excerpts, prayerful reflections, and delightful line illustrations--from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to the shores of the Jordan, where tradition has it Christ was baptized.


Pilgrims ProgressPilgrim's Progress : A Spiritual Guide for the Holy Land Traveler
By Robert A. Wallace, Gwynneth Wallace / Paperback / Mar 2000

Pilgrim's Progress is a handy meditation book that takes actual and armchair travelers through the Holy Land, moving from Tel Aviv, northward along the coast, inland through Galilee, back to the southern area and finally going up to Jerusalem.

Each two-page devotional contains scripture references; a lyrical meditation on the locale, combining biblical, historical, and contemporary observations -- be it ancient Joppa or modern Jerusalem; and a prayer.


Jerusalem and Holy LandJerusalem and the Holy Land : The First Ecumenical Pilgrim's Guide
By James R. McCormick / Paperback / April 2000

Jerusalem And The Holy Land introduces the readers to the land of the Bible, its history and its people, while providing invaluable information on traditional pilgrimage sites. Knowing what to expect in the Holy Land will help all the visitor get the most out of his or her journey. Jerusalem And The Holy Land is written from a broadly Christian perspective covering everything a pilgrim should know before undertaking the journey including Holy Land history, chronologies and maps, pilgrimage traditions, Calvary and the Sepulcher, meeting native Christians, Jewish and Muslim life, promoting peace in the Holy Land, and even how to go about choosing a tour group that is right for them.


Walking the BibleWalking the Bible : A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
By Bruce S. Feiler / Hardcover / March 2001 *

One part adventure story, one part archaeological detective work, one part spiritual exploration, Walking the Bible vividly recounts an inspiring personal odyssey -- by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel -- through the greatest stories ever told.
Anglican Journal review.
Also avilable in
paperback, audio, and hard-cover large print editions\

Walking Walking the Biblethe Bible: A Photographic Journey
By Bruce Feiler / Hardcover / October 2005

When Walking the Bible was first published in 2001, Feiler set up a Web site where readers could respond to the book. The most frequently-asked question was, “Do you have any pictures?” Now the answer is yes. This coffeetable companion volume features 150 color and black-and-white images (many of them taken by Feiler himself, who comes from a family of amateur photographers), paired with snippets from the original book’s text. The highly visual nature of Feiler’s project&emdash;to revisit the sites and locations mentioned in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, and discover their meaning for , Jews, Christians and Muslims today&emdash;lends itself perfectly to a photographic rendering, and these images do not disappoint. -Publishers Weekly


Pilgrim's New GuideThe Pilgrim's New Guide to the Holy Land
By Stephen C. Doyle / Paperback / Nov 1999

Fr. Doyle's book has all the relevant Scripture references etc. and passages for all the key sites, along with appropos reflections, suitable hymns etc. This book is not an exegesis nor a history nor archeological text, but an excellent liturgical accompaniment for a Holy Land visit.


Bed and Blessings Italy: A Guide to Convents and Monasteries Lodging
By June Walsh, Anne Walsh / Paperback / March 1999 *

These are the places to go especially if you plan to spend most of your time visiting the city. They are cheap, clean and most of all, centrally located! So, why spending a fortune into hotel rooms when you can easily get what you need for much less?


 Europe's Monastery and Convent Guesthouses : A Pilgrim's Travel Guide
By Kevin J. Wright / Paperback / October 2000 *

Serving as the single largest resource ever compiled about Europe's monastery and convent guesthouses, this extraordinary guidebook features more than four hundred and fifty places of spiritual retreat in twenty countries. It is an excellent resource for travelers, pilgrims, summer vacationers, students, armchair travelers, Catholic history or trivia buffs, or anyone else interested in monasteries. This handbook provides a key to discovering some of Christianity's most ancient and beloved sites.


Art  of PilgrimageThe Art of Pilgrimage : The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred
By Phil Cousineau, Huston Smith / Paperback / April 2000 *

This is a highly useful guidebook packed with great ideas for enlightened traveling--tape recording local voices, music, and sounds; asking contemplative questions to waitresses and bookstore owners; lighting a traveling candle every morning; making an offering to the local deity. But most compelling is Cousineau's ability to expertly map the interior landscape of a pilgrimage--the sights that lead to insights and the borders that lead to breakthroughs as we trek the exterior landscape of our planet.

Also in hardcover


Geometry of LoveThe Geometry of Love :
Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ordinary Church
By Margaret Visser / Hardcover / April 2001 *

Visser, described as "an anthropologist of everyday life," has written an enthralling, absorbing and exquisitely researched study of what she calls an "ordinary church." For her subject matter she chose a small but ancient Christian church dedicated to St. Agnes that sits half-buried outside the walls of Rome. Tired of endless tours through world churches in which guides provide lists of facts about dates and architects, Visser aims to bring one small church alive by exploring the stories, meanings and rituals built into each piece of the building. Using the physical layout of the church as the structure for her book, the author takes each staircase, window, fresco, catacomb and chapel as an entryway to fascinating details of mythology, history, early Christian theology, Roman culture and contemporary practice.


A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago
Camino Frances - The French Way of St. James
by John Brierley / Paperback / Jan 2006

The Camino Santiago is not one route, but several. This is the most highly reviewed guide to the most popular route. The author successfully combines the practical and the spiritual in an attractive package, which the publisher backs up with an equally attractive website. Sample a page. Read the reviews at Amazon.com. John Brierley has also written guides to other routes to Santiago -- the Camino Portugues and the Camino Fisterra -- also highly reviewed.

In addition to the online links available in the publisher's website, information is available in many Spanish links and in Spanish language guides. Also of interest in the extesive information on the website maintained by John Dagenais, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, at UCLA.



Off the Road:
A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route into Spain
by Jack Hitt / Paperback / Feb 2005

For this lapsed Episcopalian, his immersion in the history of Santiago meant not only a long walk to clear his head but adventure and an exotic setting for a travel book. The self-questioning Hitt found the road crowded with other pilgrims with different agendas. In a pale, somewhat self-conscious version of a Canterbury Tale, he sketches them deftly as they straggle along, silhouetting them and himself against medieval pilgrims and dipping into church history and architecture, love and the stories of Saint James. This offbeat travelogue describes a still-living tradition of pilgrimage and a culture of the road both delightful and informative.



The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago : The Complete Cultural Handbook
By Linda Kay Davidson, David M. Gitlitz / Paperback / July 2000

To fully appreciate the riches of this unique route, look no further than The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, a fascinating step-by-step guide to the cultural history of the Road for pilgrims, hikers, and armchair travelers alike. Organized geographically, the book covers aspects of the terrain, places of interest, history, artistic monuments, and each town and village's historical relationship to the pilgrimage.


1000 Churches
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By Simon Jenkins / Hardcover / Feb 2000 *

Beyond the cathedrals. This fascinating compendium, beautifully illustrated with photographs by Paul Barker from the Country Life archive, scours the hills and dales, cities and hamlets for England's Thousand Best Churches and comes up with some old favorites, welcome inclusions and surprising additions. Telegraph review by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Soulfaring : Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now
By Cintra Pemberton / Paperback / 1999

Cintra Pemberton leads Christians on pilgrimages in Celtic Countries, taking them on a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. In her lovely book she explores what makes a true pilgrimage, both the spirit of participants and the physical elements that guide us to spiritual places, like the fog, wells, stones, and many other natural elements that stir spiritual experiences. Cintra also recounts her visits to many well-known and virutally unknown Christian places in Ireland, England, Scotland.


GlendaloughGlendalough : A Celtic Pilgrimage
By Michael Rodgers, Marcus Losack / Paperback / February 1997

"For visitors wishing to turn their sojourn to the pilgrimage site into a spiritual quest or for an armchair traveler who, while unable to physically visit the sacred space of this ancient Christian site, nevertheless wishes to make a spiritual journey of the imagination, the short and well-footnoted book Glendalough: A Celtic Pilgrimage makes the perfect tour guide....various well-interpreted, easy to read passages work together to provide a wonderful reference for any spiritual seeker wishing to better create the future by looking back at Ireland's early Christian past." --Catholic Library World

Celtic Sacred Landscapes
by Nigel Pennick / Paperback / June 2000

Nigel Pennick takes us on an exhilarating spiritual and historical tour of the Celtic holy places of Europe. He delves into the mystery and lore behind the power of sacred trees and stones, springs and wells as places of healing, holy mountains as centers of geomythic energies, sacred caves, holy islands, sanctified earthworks and cities, paths and trackways, places for demons and supernatural beings, the visible instances of the divine in hidden temples, and the holy places of the Celtic saints.


The Road to Canterbury: A Modern Pilgrimage
By Shirley Du Boulay,  Ursula Sieger (Illustrator) / Paperback / Sep 1995 *

This is an account of the author's "14-day, 130-mile walk from Winchester to Canterbury in the south of England. {Du Boulay and her three companions} travel the same route taken by medieval pilgrims to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket. The author describes the varying landscape (verdant countryside, dull London suburbs, grim industrial districts) and reflects on the meaning of pilgrimage."


Catholic Shrines of Western Europe : A Pilgrim's Travel Guide
By Kevin J. Wright / Paperback/ September 1997 *

Invites the reader on a pilgrimage to more than 70 of Western Europe's most celebrated shrines and sanctuaries. In these pages you will visit Lourdes, Fatima, Knock, the Vatican, and other holy sites and learn all about Europe's Marian and angelic apparitions, eucharistic miracles, relics, miraculous statues, and more.


Catholic Shrines of Central and Eastern Europe: A Pilgrim's Travel Guide
By Kevin J. Wright /Paperback / May 1999 *

Packed full of practical and essential information, this pilgrimage guidebook covers more than seventy of Christianity's most celebrated shrines and sanctuaries in eleven Central and Eastern European countries. In these pages you can visit famous holy sites such as those found in Prague, Czestochowa, Ephesus, Budapest, Krakow, Vienna, and the Greek Islands, while also learning all about miraculous images, Marian apparitions, renowned biblical sites, cathedrals, abbeys, eucharistic miracles, relics and more.


Heaven in Stone and GlassHeaven in Stone and Glass
By Robert Barron / Hardcover / October 2000 *

Barron's mission is much the same as John Drury's in Painting the Word, to open a window on the symbolism of Christian art. Whereas Drury aimed to enrich appreciation of paintings, Barron unveils the symbolism of those triumphs of the art of Christendom, the Gothic cathedrals. Exemplifying primarily from Notre-Dame de Paris and Chartres, he discusses 14 features of a cathedral, including space, light, and orientation (e.g., the verticality of every major line in the building), as well as tangible features, such as the rose windows and the labyrinth on the floor at Chartres, His is not a scholarly treatment but rather a kind of staged walk around the cathedral with the reader, drawing spiritual sustenance from the features of the building.

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