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The Camino

A Journey of the Spirit
MacLaine, Shirley (Book - 2001)
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It has been nearly three decades since Shirley MacLaine commenced her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding. In testament to the endurance and vitality of her message, each of her eight legendary bestsellers -- from Don't Fall Off the Mountain to My Lucky Stars -- continues today to attract, dazzle, and transform countless new readers. Now Shirley is back -- with her most breathtakingly powerful and unique book yet. This is the story of a journey. It is the eagerly anticipated and altogether startling culmination of Shirley MacLaine's extraordinary -- and ultimately rewarding -- road through life. The riveting odyssey began with a pair of anonymous handwritten letters imploring Shirley to make a difficult pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. Throughout history, countless illustrious pilgrims from all over Europe have taken up the trail. It is an ancient -- and allegedly enchanted -- pilgrimage. People from St. Francis of Assisi and Charlemagne to Ferdinand and Isabella to Dante and Chaucer have taken the journey, which comprises a nearly 500-mile trek across highways, mountains and valleys, cities and towns, and fields. Now it would be Shirley's turn. For Shirley, the Camino was both an intense spiritual and physical challenge. A woman in her sixth decade completing such a grueling trip on foot in thirty days at twenty miles per day was nothing short of remarkable. But even more astounding was the route she took spiritually: back thousands of years, through past lives to the very origin of the universe. Immensely gifted with intelligence, curiosity, warmth, and a profound openness to people and places outside her own experience, Shirley MacLaine is truly an American treasure. And once again, she brings her inimitable qualities of mind and heart to her writing. Balancing and negotiating the revelations inspired by the mysterious energy of the Camino, she endured her exhausting journey to Compostela until it gradually gave way to a far more universal voyage: that of the soul. Through a range of astonishing and liberating visions and revelations, Shirley saw into the meaning of the cosmos, including the secrets of the ancient civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria, insights into human genesis, the essence of gender and sexuality, and the true path to higher love. With rich insight, humility, and her trademark grace, Shirley MacLaine gently leads us on a sacred adventure toward an inexpressibly transcendent climax. The Camino promises readers the journey of a thousand lifetimes.
Authors: MacLaine, Shirley, 1934-
Title: The Camino
a journey of the spirit
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, [2001], c2000
Characteristics: 307 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Shirley MacLaine
ISBN: 9780743400732
0743400739
Branch Call Number: 914.6 M161c 2001
Subject Headings: Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages Spain Santiago de Compostela Spain, Northern Description and travel MacLaine, Shirley, 1934- Travel Spain
Topical Term: Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
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Never afraid to be vulnerable with spiritual matters, Shirley MacLaine takes to walking the Camino Trail for a journey of self discovery.


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Jun 27, 2012
  • Aggie3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book, it is for the spiritual readers, as well as adventurers. I felt as if I went on the journey along side Shirley. It is intertwined with religion, spirituality, history, adventure, misticism. I found it very interesting. I will for sure read it again in the future.

Nov 05, 2010
  • DenJ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

great reading, she writes really well

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