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My Camino
Sue Kenney
ISBN #: 0-9734186-3-X

My Camino, is the story of a woman's spiritual journey along an ancient path called The Camino de Santiago: A pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, the said resting place of the apostle St. James.  Sue Kenney takes on the journey alone, travelling across the Pyrenees Mountains to Santiago, Spain with nothing but the supplies she can fit into a small backpack. The trip spans 780 kilometres and this woman boldly embarks to find self love: to become love.  

Sue's marriage to her high school sweetheart had ended in divorce, and two of her three children moved away from her home. Her identity as a mother and wife is challenged; when she is informed her position in the company she works for has become redundant. Her career is gone, her family role is changing, Sue feels lost. The Camino presents itself to her on a travel television show and sparks her interest. When she sees the same program on T.V. a month later, she researches it on the internet to learn more. Feeling summoned by The Camino, she decides to walk the journey in search of self love.    

Drawing from the disciplines gained through her passion for competitive rowing, Sue embarks on her journey. She describes the sights, smells, tastes, encounters and feelings she has along the way with great clarity. Keeping a diary to remind her of her goals and dreams she realizes every one she meets, and everything she does affects her as she moves with the ebb and flow of the universe. She finds peace in a daily ritual of placing sorrow for herself and others into stones along the path.    

Sue's words flow off the page into my mind with the grace of a true story-teller. It's like I'm on the Camino with her. I really respect the courage she musters to complete this journey alone. This is why I had to fold the page when Sue meets Andreas, a fellow pilgrim on the Camino trail. After spending so much time talking about how she needs to find inner love, and she doesn't need a man, she falls in love with Andreas and completes the last days of her journey with him. She speaks of how she resists sleeping with him as if not consummating the romance disregards it. At the moment she feels true self love, she's standing back to back with Andreas taking in a beautiful day. I think that the elation and exuberance of new love can be easily confused with the feeling of self-love she describes.

I was disappointed she deviated from her strong stand on the self-quest but I suppose one cannot control fate. This is not a made up story after all, where she could change the plot. This is her story and this is her life and I respect that, so I unfolded the page and kept reading. I was really inspired to see how this woman stayed on her feet no matter what came her way and I'd definitely be interested in reading about subsequent trips along The Camino. In the end I really enjoyed the story Sue tells. I recommend reading this book, and doing some research on the Camino de Santiago as well.  

Reviewed by
Amanda Bugeaud

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