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The year after we walked the Camino de Santiago, we journeyed to our former home, Scotland, to walk the West Highland Way. It was magnificent! Sue has a slide show for you.
Director/producer Lydia B. Smith invited us to Portland last week to help celebrate her documentary’s nationwide PBS broadcasts.
Lydia, joined by volunteers and a small core staff, worked more than nine years to film, edit and promote “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.” The film follows an international cast of pilgrims aged 21 to 62 on their journey across northern Spain. We first saw the film in 2014, soon after its release, and have streamed it many times since. It continues to inspire us to keep on trekking.
You can see the full-length documentary (it was shortened for the PBS showings) at caminodocumentary.org.
Congratulations to Lydia and to all who worked on the wonderful documentary!
Walk with Reg and Sue in Spain as you watch our short slide show with brief excerpts from Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows.
Click here to see Sue’s pictorial journey.
Click here to travel to Amazon, where you can buy the ebook or Paperback. Your review, even if it is very brief, will help Reg as a new author trying to stand out among an avalanche of writers on Amazon.
When I took my first steps on the Camino de Santiago, I never could have imagined where the famed pilgrimage would lead me.
When I sat at my MacBook Air a year and a half ago to chronicle my journey in Spain, my words had an unknown destination.
Little did I know that the trek would take me back to my troubled childhood and lead to real dangers on the path, as my wife Sue’s illustrations show, above. Her ink-and-watercolor works grace each chapter.
Less than two weeks after publication of Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows, my first book, readers have kindly shared where my words have taken them.
“Reading this book reinforced my own interest in “minimalism” and renewed my desire for peace in my own life,” one wrote. “As Reg bares his soul, you can’t help but reflect on what is important in life…just read it.”
Another shared his thoughts: “What an adventure! I was traveling every step of the way with you and feeling every bit of it.”
A third reader shared this: “So well described that I feel like I was there and that the connections you made along the way are my friends too.”
My story features humor, tragedy, triumphs, and hardships through a cast of characters that I call my Camino family. I describe real events and how the Camino stripped away the unimportant and exposed the best in life.
Click here to go to Amazon. I would love to hear from you after you read my book and ask that you consider reviewing Camino Sunrise on Amazon.
I am excited to announce that Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows is now available on Amazon.
I hope you will read my book. I have been told that reviews—even brief ones–can place a book on the radar of more potential readers. If you choose the paperback edition, Sue’s illustrations will be in black and white. They are in color on the Kindle app if you have a color device.
If you are inclined to share this note with enough other people, Oprah is ready to add Camino Sunrise to her book club list. I should attach a “Ha!” to that, I suppose.
Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows
By Reginald Spittle
Cover and illustrations by Susan Spittle
“Loved this inspiring and bravely honest book by a fellow pilgrim. The story of Reg’s journey inward while walking with his wife, Sue, on the Camino de Santiago, was a joy to read. Highly recommend!” –Judy
…soon available on Amazon!
Camino Sunrise: Walking With My Shadows
A memoir and Camino de Santiago adventure by Reginald Spittle
Illustrated by Sue Spittle
They call it a pilgrimage, but for Reginald Spittle the 500-mile Camino de Santiago was the test of a lifetime.
A professional journalist and a gifted educator, Reg projected an air of confidence to those who thought they knew him. Recently retired, Reg’s new life of leisure included morning coffee on the front porch, bike rides and day hikes in nearby Yosemite National Park, followed by an evening glass of wine (or two) next to his backyard pool. However, painful childhood memories filled with relentless teasing, insecurity, and loneliness cast shadows on his adult life, undermining feelings of self-worth, trust, and friendship.
Tragedy brought him to reluctantly accept his wife’s challenge to carry his red backpack across Spain on a trail traveled by millions for centuries.
Self-reflection, humor and a recurring cast of characters create the backdrop for Camino Sunrise — Walking With My Shadows. Join Reg as he sets out with anxieties about the lack of privacy in communal dorms and about competition from younger, experienced backpackers. But his journey would also lead him to places far removed from daily Camino life. As each new day reveals lessons in camaraderie, acceptance, and hope, Reg is forced to confront disturbing emotional shadows from his past.
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