• Reflections and stories from four walking pilgrimages in Ireland
• Weaves in "pilgrimages" through illness, doubt, recovery
• Uses popular topics: pilgrimage, Jungian psychology, Celtic spirituality, to explore how wisdom is gained
"Everyone has taken a pilgrimage," says author Gil Stafford "Some pilgrimages are intentional: I walked across Ireland. Some are unintentional: I walked my mother through the final days of her life. Life is a pilgrimage. But, do we walk intentionally, embracing the transformational process?"
Stafford begins Wisdom Walking with the idea that life is a pilgrimage and uses this to guide readers on their own pilgrimage towards wisdom. He layers onto that idea the notion that on our pilgrimages of life we can be gaining wisdom about our lives. Stafford then adds the Jungian typology for gaining wisdom and tells all of this through stories of his own and others' pilgrimages in a very readable fashion.
Life is a pilgrimage; make yours one that leads to greater wisdom!
"Wisdom Walking is an extraordinary invitation to spiritual transmutation, offered by one of the church's most singular theological alchemists. Drawing on his immense gifts as storyteller and guide, Gil Stafford shows us how to take up the art of pilgrimage as a long work of transformation, one which demands an unflinching journey into the dark night of the soul. The compensations for this difficult work, as Wisdom Walking movingly illustrates, are immense: if we are willing to walk into the fires of pilgrimage, we may yet transform the stuff of our everyday lives into the gold of spiritual wisdom."
—Gaymon Bennett, Arizona State University
"Wisdom Walking is a deeply satisfying and beautifully written journey of the transformation of the soul on pilgrimage. This lively and widely accessible book will feed the mind and spirit of experienced and novice pilgrims. Gil Stafford's candor and humor will inspire those drawn to both spiritual and secular journeys. An excellent introduction to pilgrimage as an archetypal spiritual practice."
—Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, Claremo nt School of Theology