Review: The Camino by Shirley MacLaine

The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit

by G G Collins (Copyright 2013)

Book Camino Journey MacLaine 2***** The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit is a book I’ve come back to at least four times. MacLaine’s book inspired my own interest in walking “the way” when I first read it in 1999. She made her spiritual journey at 60 (and there are many middle-age and better women walking the Camino de Santiago every year). While it isn’t a day-by-day log—you can get this in other books—it is a series of vignettes, told only as MacLaine can. You get the essence of the Camino with her impressions and experiences along the way. And as a public person, these can sometimes be quite difficult encounters.

English: camino de santiago

The goal:  St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela  (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

This time I’m re-reading her dreams for her take on Lemuria. The first time I skipped the dreams because I was interested in the Camino. Her book Out On a Limb changed the way I look at a lot of things, and opened up possibilities I hadn’t imagined before. The Camino also showed me a challenge to be attempted and introduced me to lands unseen. I’d put this in my “absolutely love” book category. Buen Camino!

— G G Collins

Day-by-day accounts of the Camino experience:

Book Camino Chronical AlcornCamino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago by Susan Alcorn (woman’s view)

Buen Camino: Hiking the Camino de Santiago by Jim & Eleanor Clem (man’s viewpoint)

Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons From the Camino by Joyce Rupp (nun’s viewpoint)


For more info on the pilgrimage:

Book Camino Maps BierleyCamino de Santiago Maps by John Brierley (must have for the walk)

Pilgrim Guides to Spain, Camino Frances by the Confraternity of Saint James (must have for the walk) Info: in London


The Way Starring Martin Sheen

The Way Starring Martin Sheen

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son  by Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez

The Way, movie DVD starring Martin Sheen, film by Emilio Estevez

Off the Road by Jack Hitt (inspired the movie The Way)


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About G G Collins

G G COLLINS writes to keep you awake nights. Her gutsy mystery characters go where no woman has gone before. Regardless, they always get their man--or woman. And her young adult fiction reaches right in and grabs that adolescent insecurity we all remember. For excerpts, author news, writing tips, reviews and quirky Santa Fe factoids see her websites: Reluctant Medium at Large Parallel Universe at Large Contact her via her publisher.

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