Available from print and digital booksellers in winter 2021, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal is the story of reluctant pilgrim navigating the eternal questions of faith along the world’s revered paths. The book follows one man’s journey through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean connecting California’s Missions Trail, across England’s ancient Pilgrims’ Way and onward towards Rome via Europe’s forgotten footpaths on a journey of soulful discovery.
As I shouldered my pack and stepped out into the bright sunshine of a Florida morning, the significance of the moment was unmistakable: I was beginning.
The preceding months had been filled with training walks, days spent poring over guidebooks, and hours upon hours of repacking my pack. As a backpacker, I was as prepared as I knew how to be. But for this journey I would be walking as a pilgrim, and a worrisome feeling of unpreparedness lingered. Despite months of soul-searching, even as I was departing I was still grasping for the words to define my purpose. More than just a shortfall in my vocabulary, I was at a loss to understand my own need for making a pilgrimage.
I grew up in a Protestant Methodist home, anchored by a weekly routine of Bible school and church service. However, like many in my generation, years and miles had loosened my bonds to the physical church. While I still felt a connection to my Christianity, my faith was perhaps better described – to borrow the words of author Timothy Egan – as “lapsed but listening.”
So it was from my front door that I began: a somewhat reluctant pilgrim leaving with all that I am to seek all that I may find.
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Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
In 2019, Kevin Donahue set off from his home in the United States to begin a pilgrimage journey to span both years and miles, across continents to the ancient end of the world, to kneel at the tombs of eight Apostles. Along the way, he would find people and places to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.