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  • Title: The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground
  • Author: Rosemary Mahoney
  • ISBN: 9780618446650
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Singular Pilgrim is a riveting account of one woman s personal quest to find the root of belief among modern religious pilgrims The intrepid Rosemary Mahoney undertakes six extraordinary journeys visiting an Anglican shrine to Saint Mary in Walsingham, England walking the five hundred mile Camino de Santiago in northern Spain braving the icy bathwater at Lourdes rThe Singular Pilgrim is a riveting account of one woman s personal quest to find the root of belief among modern religious pilgrims The intrepid Rosemary Mahoney undertakes six extraordinary journeys visiting an Anglican shrine to Saint Mary in Walsingham, England walking the five hundred mile Camino de Santiago in northern Spain braving the icy bathwater at Lourdes rowing alone across the Sea of Galilee to spend a night camped below the Golan Heights viewing Varanasi, India s holiest city, from a rubber raft on the Ganges soldiering barefoot through the three day penitential Catholic pilgrimage on Ireland s Station Island A fiercely observant traveler and an insightful writer, Mahoney offers a witty and provocative chronicle of her adventures.
    The Singular Pilgrim Travels on Sacred Ground The Singular Pilgrim is a riveting account of one woman s personal quest to find the root of belief among modern religious pilgrims The intrepid Rosemary Mahoney undertakes six extraordinary journeys

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    1. Another great read from Rosemary Mahoney This woman has my number As always, the book is as much about her own state of mind as it is about the places she visits Some readers dislike that I m certainly not one of them As she was revisiting her Catholic upbringing at pilgrimage sites in France, Spain, Israel, and western Ireland, her self examinations in those places spurred me to revisit my own very similar experiences Not a comfortable trip down memory lane, but a valuable one The essay detaili [...]

    2. Fierce, smart, funny, poignant, thoroughly researched though i do question her statement that in Varanasi the people pray to Shiva Bramha not Vishnu I m not an authority, just someone who has overheard different gossip , artfully written I am glad to read this book, and even happy that I don t have to walk with Rosemary Halfway through the book, she s halfway through the Camino de Santiago and she comes to the realization that I, and countless of millions have before us The we learned about ou [...]

    3. Mahoney, raised Irish Catholic, writes as a spiritual pilgrim looking for some hold on the faith Her accounts of visiting pilgrimage sites are excellent travel accounts good description of settings, excellent interactions with people, and some generally thoughtful spiritual wonderings The accounts I found most compelling were her visit to Lourdes, her walking of the Camino in Spain, and her visit to Varanasi Benares in India At Lourdes she showed herself a fine participant observer with real car [...]

    4. I didn t think much of this book mostly b c I didn t think much of the author s point of departure What she pulls off is certainly striking and her observations writing are quite interesting However, I felt a bit like what were wonderful seeds were thrown on dry ground as the author did not seem to come to her pilgrimages with turned soil, something she admits from the start As such, she seems to spend a good deal of time talking about pollution in the Danube or less than noble Camino pilgrims, [...]

    5. This good read covers 6 pilgrimages I read three of the stories I read of her pilgrimage to Walsingham, England, on the El Camino De Santiago, and Saint Patrick s Purgatory.I read this book as a practicing Christian who loves to pilgrimage I hiked the Camino with my wife and youngest daughter In reading her recap of her walking the Camino, I was carried back to my walk I remembered many of my big and little adventures I could feel hers There is a sadness hanging over the three chapters I read Th [...]

    6. I bought this book only planning to read the chapter on Varanasi, India The chapter was wonderful Her observations are compassionate and detailed I liked it so much, I decided to read the rest of the book, but the rest I read was not so much of a story as a list of historical facts about churches So I quit I read the part I meant to read.

    7. The author goes on half a dozen religious pilgrimages, from Lourdes, France to Varanasi, India as a secular observer I love great travel writing and Mahoney is among the best at capturing the small details and encounters that make the journey come alive.

    8. Award winning author and lapsed Irish Catholic Mahoney takes the reader to six sites of pilgrimage in different parts of the world in this combination memoir and travelogue First, she takes two pilgrimages one Catholic, one Anglican to Walsingham, England, then visits Lourdes on the way to walking El Camino de Santiago from France into Spain Following a lengthy sojourn in Varanasi, India, she spends Christmas in Bethlehem and Nazareth after a brief visit to Jerusalem Finally, she travels to Irel [...]

    9. This is my first time reading this author, and I think her descriptive talents are unique and powerful It may be trite but this is one of the rare books where I felt there with her, her words alive and I was experiencing the landscapes and people with her My favorite pilgrimages were the trek to Santiago del Compostela and her time in India at Varanasi I am, of course, an avid walker, so the Santiago del Compestela was a beautiful combination of a physical trek in nature as well as exploring the [...]

    10. A Really terrific explorations of various sacred and religions places the part in England and Ireland was not as interesting, but what I really loved were her journeys in India oh, especially India and the Camino del Santiago which I ve always wanted to do She basically acts as a pilgrim to explore why people do it and to learn about herself and human nature Fascinating and highly recommended to all spiritual travelers.

    11. Mahnoney was a featured speaker in UMF s Writer s Series this past spring The students enjoyed her work and her reading, and so did I She writes with the detachment of a journalist, which is a good thing I was afraid the book would dwell too much on Mahoney s own spiritual awakening, but that wasn t the direction she took at all Her story focuses on the places she visited and people she met and falls in the travel writing genre than the memoir genre.

    12. Rosemary Mahoney is a master in the art of observation and telling a story This book is less of a conclusive story and of a trip not only on pilgrimages but also into her own struggles with God It is not conclusive but life often is not but a work of art in progress If nothing else it is a great read just to experience the places she has been in a imagination movie of Mahoney s skillful making.

    13. A wonderful, frank and honest book A travelogue, spiritual journey and history lesson all rolled into one Mahoney made me want to undertake my own pilgrimage on the Camino after reading her story it doesn t seem so out of reach.

    14. As an Armchair Pilgrim Pilgrim Wannabe , I especially enjoyed the down to earth nitty gritty details and insights of the author Very accessible Gives a real sense of being there, warts and all, and of the questions raised and wrestled with.

    15. Interesting, but a little slow for my tastes Focused heavily on the history of each place, rather than the writer s experience on each pilgrimage, which was what I was seeking I didn t have a chance to finish it before it needed to be returned to the library.

    16. I enjoyed the trails Mahoney traveled She didn t undertake the journeys with the sense of faith that a myriad of men and women have done throughout the centuries, but she invites the reader to share the road and to get a sense of the area and the people therein.

    17. I like this author I am about halfway through now Looking forward to finding and reading the book about Lillian Hellman.

    18. I really enjoyed this book In fact, I m re reading it Am inspired to identify my own pilgrimage beckoning

    19. Gave me a lot of respect for modern day religious pilgrims To endure what Mahoney endured for faith is beyond my comprehension.

    20. I read parts of this before heading out on a pilgrimage myself I like Mahoney s style, which is sparse but direct and true She mixes interesting observations with solid research.

    21. Another great travelogue by Rosemary Mahoney The highlight is the chapter where she walks the Camino de Santiago.

    22. A travelogue of pilgrimage sites a fascinating look at faith and the realization that during the internet era religious pilgrimages are on the rise.

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