A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Review

Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.

Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.

A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, A Pilgrimage to Eternity looks for our future in its search for God.

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Title:A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith
Edition Language:English

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  • Cheri

    In an effort to reconcile his feelings about the Catholic Church, Egan sets out on a 1,200-mile journey, a journey he hopes to accomplish by following the Via Francigena on foot, from Canterbury to Ro...

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an ARC of this work courtesy of NetGalley)“A Pilgrimage to Eternity” has the core essentials for great travel writing - a journey through a region or well-worn trail unfamiliar t...

  • Julie Stielstra

    A devout, engaged, educated Irish Catholic woman has given up all her ambitions to stay home and raise a brood of seven. Active in the church her whole life, she lies on her deathbed from a brain tumo...

  • Joseph J.

    Won in a Goodreads giveaway-with much gratitude. Timothy Egan was born of my generation into a family probably more Catholic than mine (my paternal grandmother was a New York Egan). Now like many of u...

  • Michael Perkins

    The book has a great deal of history and observation and descriptions of what he encounters along the trail. But this review captures well the values we has trying to sort out as a result of his quest...

  • Edward

    I have have read several accounts of journeys across Spain on the better known Camino de Santiago, but Egan’s pilgrimage follows the Via Francigena, another ancient pilgrim route which begins in Eng...

  • Nancy Ellis

    Interesting journal of the author's personal experiences as he walked (for the most part) a 1000-mile pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome, following in the footsteps of pilgrims along the Via Francigen...

  • Laura

    Thanks, Goodreads, for a great giveaway!I found Timothy Egan’s account of his journey along the Via Francigena enlightening. He provides a wealth of information along his thousand-mile trek through ...

  • Jan Stone

    Not just a spiritual journey, but a travelogue and journey through history, as well. I was aware of the Camino in Spain, but not of one in France. Don't pass this up....

  • Corin

    Interesting mix of history, philosophy, and travelogue....