Between the Stars and the Stones
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Réjeanne Taylor's intensely personal narrative takes us on an exploration of how two pilgrimages, the walking pilgrimage to Santiago and a later pilgrimage with breast cancer. While on the surface so dissimilar, Réjeanne leads the reader to a deeper appreciation and understanding of how the core elements of one are reflected in the other. Réjeanne artfully lays out the patterns of pilgrimage in a way than can help guide others in approaching and navigating their own tough life journeys.
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May 15, 2015Réjeanne Taylor's intellect, compassion and sheer wonder with life infuse every page. I have spoken with many people who've chosen to complete (or at least attempt) the Camino pilgrimage, and never, until now, understood the appeal. Réjeanne describes the journey with loving clarity. Above all, the author does not gloss over the many emotional and physical challenges that are embedded in this path of mindfulness. I was humbled by Réjeanne's application of the Camino experience to her uninvited journey through breast cancer, and appreciated the intertwining of the journeys: one acting as preparation for the other. I recommend Between the Stars and the Stones for anyone questioning the relevance of a spiritual life.
Mar 25, 2015In midlife Réjeanne Taylor became fascinated by the Camino de Santiago, Spain. She and her husband with their adult children hiked the pilgrimage in 1997. It introduced them to a love of backpacking, and they walked it again several times, as well as the West Coast Trail in BC, Canada. But in 1998 she began a totally different journey, with breast cancer. After initial shock, denial and frantic questions, she began to see that this too was a spiritual pilgrimage, and to apply to this desperate, unwanted journey some of the spiritual things she had learned from waking the Camino. For example, she rejected the common religious answers to the question, "Why, God?" God was not testing her, not punishing her, not forcing her to grow. She had come to know a God of love who shared deeply the whole of her life, was not the cause of the disease, and would walk with her to the end. I strongly commend this book for its spiritual depth and humanity.
Feb 24, 2015An open and honest exploration of two very different, yet very similar journeys, "Between The Stars and The Stones" is a must read for anyone experiencing difficult times.
Feb 13, 2015Réjeanne shared stories from these two journeys during the many, many hours that we spent together. And yet as I read this book, I was freshly moved by parts of her story that seemed new to me. She had such a fierce spirit, and zest for life and learning's. I had forgotten that she had experienced such profound fear and struggles with her illness, as well as her relationship with God. Somehow, reading it here, in the black and white of the written word, the experience of her terror seems so stark. And yet a deep sense of peace came to me, as she shared how she came to understand and accept God`s invitation to life. Réjeanne`s pilgrimages through the Camino and cancer are unlike anything that most of us will have experienced. But the pilgrimage model can provide a sense of direction and coping method for any kind of difficulties that life throws at us. Between the Stars and the Stones can inspire each of us to live fully with purpose and awareness, the life we have been... More > given.< Less
Feb 4, 2015The smells and fears of the hospital alternate with the feel of the road and the breadth of the Spanish countryside as Rejeanne tells her dual stories of journeying with breast cancer and pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. Artfully intertwining the two, with piercing insights into both, she tells us how plumbing the depths of having to deal with a life-altering diagnosis and experiencing pilgrimage are so very similar in that they are ultimately about what happens within rather than without. A highly recommended read for anyone either touched by cancer or intrigued by pilgrimage; they are both 'roads less travelled' and she has left us a valuable road map for any who either choose(or find themselves on)these paths.
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- Réjeanne Taylor (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- February 3, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.58 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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