Book Review: Finding Santiago

“Life is an adventure. Learn to enjoy the journey. I have learned that the journey IS the destination.” Don Thomas

In this 2020 book by Don Thomas, is a wonderful collection of experiences and stories from the Camino de Santiago. The Camino is a pilgrimage that we Christians have walked for over 1000 years. There are many routes that cross Europe. All routes lead to Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St James the Greater, a disciple of Jesus.

In a market place replete with how to books, packing guides, and historical tomes, Don Thomas provides another door way to the Camino. These first hand accounts of life on the Camino, encounters with other pilgrims and spoiler alert, a miracle or two become the invitation to cross the threshold and walk. From page one, the author closes the distance between he and the reader thus inviting us to leave our doorstep for a grand and human experience.

Reading this book as one who has walked the Way of St James, I appreciate more than the stories I expected of blisters, albergues, and sacred community. In addition to walking multiple Camino routes, Don Thomas has volunteered at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela. In this book, he provides unique insights as to the other side of the journey. Thomas provide a backstage look at life in destination of pilgrims.

I highly recommend this book for those who have walked the Camino as a way to remember and expand the experience. Even more, I recommend this book for those curious of the Way. “Finding Santiago” is a unique writing among the many excellent pieces by pilgrims.