A memoir... a travel book... confessions and musings... I have "known" Reg since I was a teenager, met Sue shortly before they were married, and I have always admired them, so any review I might do of Reg's book is colored by my own relationship with them. However... reading this book reinforced my own interest in "minimalism" and renewed my desire for peace in my own life. As Reg bares his soul, you can't help but reflect on what is important in life, and come away with hope and encouragement for your own trek through the challenges of life today. Just read it. Reg and Sue are REAL people, with something to share.
My family and I have known and been friends with Reg since High School days, and this book truly depicts Reg's courage, drive and strength while overcoming emotional and physical challenges. This is an honest and heartfelt book of describing the affects of childhood parental emotional and physical absence along with peer bullying that we take with us into our adulthood, and yet having the courage, strength and human spirit to conquer and overcome fears, insecurities and anxieties. Reg's description of his and Sue's Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is inspirational as it depicts the beauty in human strength and spirit, nature and architecture, to the point I felt as the reader, that I was there, sharing in this most amazing experience of a lifetime. I am truly inspired to one day partake in this pilgrimage as well. Thank you Reg and Sue for sharing your heartfelt and most inspirational story with us all!! Susan Miller
I really enjoyed this book. I am a long-distance trekker as well so I know what it takes to commit to a long voyage and be willing to make it happen, one mile at a time. But the author’s voyage was more than just a trek, he also did it because he had emotional demons he wanted to exorcise and he believed that putting one foot in front of the other would ultimately help him achieve closure and move on with his life. I especially like that his wife understood his issues and was willing to accompany him. It was fun reading about his impressions and observations along the route and the people he met along the way. Camino Sunrise is an enjoyable and inspirational book and I highly recommend it.
Highly recommended, especially for those contemplating walking the Camino. Author claimed he was not particularly athletic. It gives hope to many who have reservation themselves about being able to complete it also. Interesting noting the many friendships made along the way. Also it was stressed it is not easy, and to expect many hardships and "roadblocks" along the way. He stressed to never give up, to keep putting one foot in front of the other. The author writes well. Thoroughly enjoyed the read.
I really enjoyed this book. The author's struggles and his successes kept me interested and wanting to read more. I love to travel and see new places and this book inspired me to want to know more about the trail and maybe even walk part of it someday. I especially liked the parts shared about his wife. Reg and Sue made a great team and together wrote and illustrated a great book. I looked forward to reading what adventures and learning experiences each day on the trail revealed. I see many Happy trails for this author in his future
Though not perfectly written - there were too many flashbacks to the past, at the start of the Camino- once the book gets going it really immerses you in a whole another world. I've always heard of people doing the Camino, but this it the first time I've read a first-hand account of it. I feel the book could do with a bit more professional editing (sentences start with expectations, then leave you hanging - a question here, a raised eyebrow there - and there is no follow on). However, just like the walk, the book got progressively better with each chapter. The visual descriptions got much better, and you felt yourself very immersed in the story. It was great to hear about the pilgrim spirit and hear about interactions with other pilgrims from all over the world. It was fun to guess what kind of albergue the authors would end up each day, it really added to the charm of the story. The ending was particularly poignant, and I'm so glad the authors did a follow up on pilgrims they met on the way. It inspired me to go in search of more stories and more videos of this trail. Looking forward to reading more from these authors!
I am in thrall to the idea of a pilgrimage and delighted to find that somewhere in the world a tradition could be preserved and celebrated for over 400 years. I felt as if I were tagging along and I learned a lot, not so much about the Camino, as what the experience feels like and the surprise and joy of meeting others who share the same goals. And what is that goal? To meet the human in each other and wish them well as they pass. A map would help a lot. I got a little confused as to where they were other than Spain, of course. An easy, hopeful read!
The author of this book is so very courageous to share a life haunted by self-doubt, ridicule and the scars left behind from adolescence. On his physical journey he lays all these down and behind as he discovers his fellow travelers at face value and appreciates them....and himself....for who they are - foibles and all. This is a story about our shared humanity and that life is a journey towards self acceptance. Part of me wishes that every middle schooler could read this book to understand that it's not just them, that life evolves.
What a journey-both physically and mentally. We both loved reading this book and could certainly feel your trials and tribulations along the way. Your descriptions of the towns, albergues, and fellow Pilgrims helped us feel like we were there too. But your openness about your insecurities (something so many of us can relate to) was most inspiring. Our lives are all journeys, one step at a time, onward and upward. Congratulations and thank you for encouraging us all to "keep on trekking" through life.