The Soul of a Pilgrim
Eight Practices for the Journey Within
by Christine Valters Paintner
"This creative, moving book beckons the pilgrim into the inner journey through daily life." ~Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, author of Pilgrimage—The Sacred Art
Christine Valters Paintner takes readers on a new kind of pilgrimage: an inner journey to discover the heart of God.
"We all have an inner pilgrim, and in different seasons this archetype will speak more strongly than others. It calls us out of our comfortable lives into something holy and true." ~from the book
"This marvelous book takes the reader on a journey of discovery that can profoundly change the direction of one's life." ~Edward Sellner, author of Pilgrimage: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice
"I find the metaphor of pilgrimage an empowering one. Sometimes daily life thrusts us onto a new journey we would rather not embark upon, we find ourselves in a strange landscape, perhaps following a job loss or illness. By showing up fully, not running away, and opening our hearts we are softened and changed."
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Amazement is as near as our next breath, and as William Blake asserts, for those who have cleansed the doors of perception, everything is infinite.
While the book reaches a satisfying conclusion with the “Coming Home” chapter, Paintner acknowledges that a spiritual pilgrimage is an ongoing journey: “Pilgrimage is about diving in and not holding back. It’s about running headlong toward your deepest desire, which always awaits you with open arms.”
Valters Paintner calls us to “wander for the love of God.” In that wandering, we discover the difference between being a tourist and being a pilgrim. "A tourist has new experiences, but remains the same person. A pilgrim experiences new places and is transformed by them."