Shirley Maclaine
The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit
March 06, 2020 Comments.. 101
The Camino A Journey of the Spirit It has been nearly three decades since Shirley MacLaine commenced her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding In testament to the endurance and vitali

  • Title: The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit
  • Author: Shirley Maclaine
  • ISBN: 9780743400732
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • It has been nearly three decades since Shirley MacLaine commenced her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding In testament to the endurance and vitality of her message, each of her eight legendary bestsellers from Don t Fall Off the Mountain to My Lucky Stars continues today to attract, dazzle, and transform countlesIt has been nearly three decades since Shirley MacLaine commenced her brave and public commitment to chronicling her personal quest for spiritual understanding In testament to the endurance and vitality of her message, each of her eight legendary bestsellers from Don t Fall Off the Mountain to My Lucky Stars continues today to attract, dazzle, and transform countless new readers Now Shirley is back with her most breathtakingly powerful and unique book yet This is the story of a journey It is the eagerly anticipated and altogether startling culmination of Shirley MacLaine s extraordinary and ultimately rewarding road through life The riveting odyssey began with a pair of anonymous handwritten letters imploring Shirley to make a difficult pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain Throughout history, countless illustrious pilgrims from all over Europe have taken up the trail It is an ancient and allegedly enchanted pilgrimage People from St Francis of Assisi and Charlemagne to Ferdinand and Isabella to Dante and Chaucer have taken the journey, which comprises a nearly 500 mile trek across highways, mountains and valleys, cities and towns, and fields Now it would be Shirley s turn For Shirley, the Camino was both an intense spiritual and physical challenge A woman in her sixth decade completing such a grueling trip on foot in thirty days at twenty miles per day was nothing short of remarkable But even astounding was the route she took spiritually back thousands of years, through past lives to the very origin of the universe Immensely gifted with intelligence, curiosity, warmth, and a profound openness to people and places outside her own experience, Shirley MacLaine is truly an American treasure And once again, she brings her inimitable qualities of mind and heart to her writing Balancing and negotiating the revelations inspired by the mysterious energy of the Camino, she endured her exhausting journey to Compostela until it gradually gave way to a far universal voyage that of the soul Through a range of astonishing and liberating visions and revelations, Shirley saw into the meaning of the cosmos, including the secrets of the ancient civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria, insights into human genesis, the essence of gender and sexuality, and the true path to higher love With rich insight, humility, and her trademark grace, Shirley MacLaine gently leads us on a sacred adventure toward an inexpressibly transcendent climax The Camino promises readers the journey of a thousand lifetimes.

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    1. Walter Van praag says:

      Yes, we do judge a book by its cover. This one says The Camino, and I was hoping to read about the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. I had read half a dozen books about the Camino before I went and did it myself, so when i returned home I thought I better read this Spiritual Book of Shirley MacLaine's. Little could've prepared me for the depth of spirituality of this book. I really enjoyed the bits where she was actually on the trail, but 90% of this book is about an imaginary world. Sure it is [...]

    2. Ray Foy says:

      I read Shirley MacLaine's The Camino several years ago and it touched me in subtle ways as did her previous book, Out on a Limb. This review is from rereading it and trying to find that point of connection that had moved me so. Or maybe points of connection, for there are many. First, Shirley MacLaine is no ordinary "movie star. " She is a capable writer, able to tell her story in engaging and intelligent prose, even when the subject matter is strange. She is aware of her privileged position tha [...]

    3. Liz says:

      I heard about this book before walking the Camino myself in 2010, and now, nearly two years later, I've actually gotten around to reading it. What can I say - a celebrity walks the Camino. This wasn't so much a book about walking the Camino as it was an opportunity for Shirley MacLaine to talk about herself and describe in lurid detail the dreams she had along the way. However, it did illustrate to me just how much the Camino infrastructure and signage has improved since the 1990s, for which I a [...]

    4. Anja says:

      The parts about the travelling I liked to read, but the story about spiritual experience I found very vague and strange and not interesting and the story about the press following her I found very irritating: she thinks she is a very, very important person.

    5. Vikki Marshall says:

      This memoir by Shirley MacLaine is about her pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. It is a beautifully written account of one woman’s incredible experiences along the centuries old trail that has inspired the likes of Saint Paul, Charlemagne, Dante, St. Francis of Assisi, and even Chaucer. The trek is 500 miles over mountains and valleys with stops along the way catering specifically to pilgrims in search of spiritual awakenings. MacLaine was in her 60’s when she hiked [...]

    6. Marlene French says:

      I have read almost all of Shirley Maclaine's books. I love them so much and they really fill my mind wondering void! This one was no different! The people who walk the Camino are heroes to me and I was right there with her as she told her experiences she had during her walk. You must read this book with an open mind for without that you probably won't finish it. She is so brave, as always, to say what she really thinks and believes and I give her kudos for that. I agree with her that there is so [...]

    7. Joanne Keevers says:

      The Camino: A Journey of the SpiritYears ago, I read "Out on a Limb" by Shirley Maclaine, so knew to expect the unexpected from her. The first three quarters of the book describe how she heard about the Camino, the journey itself, the people she met along the way, past life regressions she experienced during her quiet times far, very interesting, and I enjoyed following her walking travels through the sacred trail. The last few chapters rattled me. This was where I reached "the unexpected", (whi [...]

    8. Beth says:

      Although I liked the premise of this book it was odd. That is the only word I can use to describe it. Very odd. I picked it up because, as a fellow Camino traveler, I was interested to see what someone else had to say about a journey that was very pivotal in my own life. While I really appreciated much of what Ms. MacLaine had to say regarding the spiritual nature of the Camino, and the way in which people are drawn to it, and find meaning from it she really dismissed and failed to account for t [...]

    9. Dee says:

      Shirley Maclaine's travels are always "out of this world" and interesting to me, and this book was no exception.The Camino meaning "the way" is about a difficult 500 mile pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in northern Spain. The trail is ancient and allegedly enchanted and walked by St. Francis of Assisi, Charlemagne, Ferdinand and Isabella, Dante and Chaucer, among many others.I especially liked the book's definition of 'karma': all energy always returns to itself. However, SOME [...]

    10. Shawn Rathbun says:

      I thought about giving it zero stars but I did muddle through the book so I guess it deserves one star. I quickly grew tired of the dream-visions so I skipped pages. Incredibly weird book written by a tiresome, self-centered author. Very little about the Camino experience. I'm not sure why I kept reading - maybe like gawking at a disaster or maybe I was hoping to learn more about the Camino. Ranks right up there as one of the worst books I've read.

    11. Stacey (wanderlustforwords67) says:

      The reason I gave this book 4 stars is not for its literary brilliance, but for its unique content and the fast pace at which it moves. Some things in the book are a bit "out there." However, anyone who has heard of Shirley MaClaine's beliefs and writing should expect this. I was caught up in the actual concept of this journey and the transformational possibilities.

    12. Sonya Madden says:

      I really loved this book. I found it at a second hand book sale for $2 and promptly took it home and begun reading. A good friend of mine had recommended it months and months prior. Aside from the author sharing similar traits to myself (taurus) I loved the surprise of all her visions and insights while on the trail. They were fantastic. I would certainly read this book again!

    13. Kelly says:

      My Mom left this book at my home one vacation and I read it in two daysfascinating journey!

    14. Marty says:

      I have read several of Shirley MacLaine's novels, and this one appealed to me as a hiker. I have read much about the Camino, and I will one day walk the famed trail. Her perspective is unique as everyone has many different viewpoints on religion and spirituality. Her views are detailed and for me inspiring as she treks along the Camino. I loved the novel as it delves into her reasoning for her pilgrimage while being haunted by her celebrity status. Personal reflection is a most important endeavo [...]

    15. Tami says:

      I found the references to the transformation from an androgynous being to male and female beings interesting. It feels right that we were once "one" with both the yin and yang within us. This would have been our greatest separation from a divine being.

    16. Faye Powell says:

      Pilgrims have been drawn to the 500-mile Santiago de Compostela Camino across northern Spain for many centuries in search of spiritual and psychological growth. After being instructed by an anonymous person via two letters to make the walk, MacLaine, in her sixties, decides to heed the call. This book is the recounting of both the physical and spiritual journey she made.MacLaine is well-known as a spiritual seeker through her other books and public speeches. I bought the book primarily out of cu [...]

    17. Jill says:

      I really found this book by accident at the local library. A local book club selection was supposed to be in the biography section. It wasn't. So perusing the shelf, I came across Miss MacLaine's book. I had just watched a movie, "The Way" by Emilio Esteves about the Santiago de Compostela Camino. It was a good movie, fiction. So I was interested in a real life account of a person's spiritual and physical journey of this well travelled path. Traveled by St Francis of Assisi, Dante, Chaucer, Char [...]

    18. Jane Blanchard says:

      I first read The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit by Shirley MacLaine more than ten years ago; I could not understand why a sexagenarian, especially such a famous one, would want to walk 500 miles with belongings limited to a backpack. Though Ms. MacLaine tried to do the pilgrimage incognito, she was hounded by the press, and she recounts what she had to do to elude them. As renown as she is, the story has little to do with her acclaim and more to do with her spiritual journey. At the time, I lov [...]

    19. Jude Arnold says:

      Shirley MacLaine’s The Camino: A journey of the Spirit is about relationship, a celebration of what is possible. It’s about reincarnation, Karma, and the illusions of linear time and our separateness. We are fundamentally soul beings having a physical experience. This book is about how materialism has caused a spiritual lethargy in us.The context within which Shirley MacLaine chronicles her personal quest for spiritual understanding is a difficult 500 mile, 30 day pilgrimage in Spain. Unlike [...]

    20. Jeremy says:

      I'm walking the Camino del Norte in a month, and I wanted to get a feel for the types of experiences people have. I've read some blogs, but I thought I'd check the local library to see what's available there. This book was all they hadd this woman is crazy. I don't know who Shirley Maclaine is - maybe I've seen her before and I just don't know it - but she regularly talks about her celebrity like she's an A-list actor. Maybe she is, and that really doesn't matter, but what does matter is that sh [...]

    21. Susy says:

      Like many others who've read & reviewed this book, I bought it to read about Ms. Maclaine's experience on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela which is enjoying newfound popularity following the film, The Way. While I admire the author's ability to power through the 500 miles of the Camino in 30 days (if her timetable is to be trusted), I felt there simply wasn't enough of the actual journey for me. I hoped to read about the geography of the route, the camaraderie of the fellow pilgrima and [...]

    22. Deborah Gray says:

      This is pure, unadulterated Shirley MacLaine and I have to admire her for that. She is truly wed to her authenticity, unfortunately sometimes to the detriment of the story. This is not really a book for people who are intending to embark on a pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and want to take notes about the route. It's a book about Shirley's personal journey to discover more about herself and what lies behind her time here in the physical plane. However, I did glean facts and a [...]

    23. Penelope Douglas says:

      A large part of this book is very informative about the Camino, especially as far as supplies needed, stops on the trail, and her personal experiences of the sights she sees, however, some chapters were better skimmed for me. I can appreciate that this was HER journey, but for a non-fiction text I didn't really get much out of being taken into her imaginary world where she believes she's lived several past lives. If you're open to that sort of thing, I'm sure you'll love it, but for a dirty, rot [...]

    24. Erika Downing says:

      I have a dream to complete the Camino de Santiago one day so at the moment, I try to read as many books about the Camino as I can. I found this book on my grandmother's bookshelf and I had to read it. I was looking forward to reading it and it started off great. But then it got really bizarre when she started talking about the spirits and the dreams and all that other stuff. I wanted to learn what it was like to actually walk it, not have some past-life experiences. I skipped large chunks of the [...]

    25. Beth Foote says:

      Shirley and I had way different Caminos. I didn't see any rats in the albergues or have visions of my past life in Atlantis as an androgynous being, or as a Moorish princess in the middle ages. And in her current life, she battled off papparazzi in the shower (cold water) once they found out she was on The Camino. My mystical experiences on the Camino were way more mainstream, and I'm pleased to report there is now hot water in all of Spain. But I enjoyed Shirley's Camino, and her view of spirit [...]

    26. Debbie Boucher says:

      Several friends have recently walked El Camino. I plan to do this soon, so I figured it would be fun to read an account of the walk by Shirley Maclaine. She was about my age when she made her pilgrimage, and I must say I am impressed by her fortitude, especially since she was hounded by the press nearly the entire way. Otherwise, the book is one the strangest I have ever read as far as spirituality is concerned. Not sure I would recommend it unless you are curious like I was to read the account [...]

    27. Natasa Tovornik says:

      A great read, which can be lightly taken for fiction or one chooses to contemplate further. A great insight into a journey in Spain and within ourselves. It made me think about why I do several things and made me walk when thinking :) After reading a couple of pages I was able to shed light on things that surround me from a different perspective. And the journey through lives and the states of dreams/meditation were something I am sure everyone has experienced one way or the other.

    28. Julie says:

      As far as books on the Camino are concerned, this one was my least favorite. If you are interested in Shirley's spiritual journey, her visions and dreamsyou will like this. I am not interested in her visions or dreams so I skipped through a lot of the pages in this book. I'm solely interested in the Camino as a journey. The revelations that each person has are personal. Same with Shirley's this book didn't do much for me.

    29. Angela Tweddle says:

      Refreshing. Fun. Inspirational. Although her imagination runs a little whacky at times. One gets a good sense of what to expect along the Santiago Camino. A pilgrimmage of the heart and a test of human endurance and willpower. One is taken out of your comfort zone, as Shirley Maclaine takes the reader on a walk through the Pyrennes, nature and urban density, sometimes having to sleep in filthy, rustic hostels and under trees, in a quest to return to her own soul.

    30. Laurelle J's says:

      Excellent read on the Spiritual Journey that Ms. MacLaine undertook. The hardships, the thirst, the dirt, the other spiritual walkers, the generosity of the Refugios' and their keepers. Her description of her journey to a past life as a citizen of Atlantis is fascinating read Her spirit guide is strong and generous in his guidance of her through the past to gain depth and enlightenment on the journey of her soul.

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