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Friday, July 17, 2015

#REVIEW: Five Hundred Miles by Lauren Brewer Bass


Title: Five Hundred Miles
Series: none
Author:  Lauren Brewer Bass
Published Date: May 28. 2015
Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Incorporated
Format: paperback
Pages: 142
ISBN: 9781573128124
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Spain’s Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, has been a cherished pilgrimage path for centuries, visited by famous actors, writers, and filmmakers, as well as countless otherwise ordinary people searching for healing, solace, purpose, and hope. Five Hundred Miles: Reflections on Calling and Pilgrimage is by one of the latter; it is Lauren Brewer Bass’s honest look at the often winding, always surprising journey of a calling. Using stories from her five-hundred-mile-long walk, she brings new language and new metaphors to our discussions of purpose, ministry, and everyday life.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a unique book where the author weaves together the experiences she had while walking the 500+ mile Camino de Santiago, and the lessons she has learned about finding your calling in life. Whether your calling in life is spiritual and church-related, or your calling is purely career-oriented, this book can shed light on how to get where you need to go.
The author writes in a very personable and easy to read manner. It makes reading the book like talking to a friend over a cup of coffee as she has gotten back from her crazy 500 mile pilgrimage. There were many times I found myself highlighting a passage of the book for later reflection. There are many gems of wisdom to be found in these pages.

The only drawback I found was that the book seemed to take a long time to read for me. It wasn’t that it was necessarily slow, but I had many passages where I needed to go back and read a few times to truly digest it.

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