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Overview Growing numbers of Christians are taking on the experience of pilgrimage, whether journeying to shrines such as Santiago de Compostela in Spain, quietly walking through a labyrinth on the floor of a great cathedral, or following a regimen of daily prayer and self-examination. The way of the pilgrim is a way of life. In this beautifully written collection of essays, Brett Webb-Mitchell reflects on pilgrimages he has led or taken part in and their effect on his life, teaching him patience, perseverance, and self-control.
Publishers Description A collection of essays written after the author's visits to several pilgrimage sites in the United Sates, Central America, and Europe. There are also reflections on pilgrimages he has led, primarily while teaching at Duke University Divinity School. The book is structured around the stages of a pilgrimage, beginning with an idea and moving inexorably toward the pilgrim's geographical and spiritual destination.
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A Down-to-Earth Masterpiece Jan 17, 2008
"How do you teach courage?" Brett Webb-Mitchell asked a class of would-be Christian educators one day about 5 years ago. His class was puzzled; Bible studies and theology would surely be about the most challenging thing they would ever have to teach. There was already curriculum available, and in a pinch, they could always write their own. But how do you teach a virtue like courage? When Webb-Mitchell's question was met by several moments of confused silence, he sighed and told his students, "You teach courage by being courageous."
In Follow Me: Christian Growth on the Pilgrim's Way, Brett Webb-Mitchell shows that to be a good teacher, you have to embody that which you are trying to teach. For years, Webb-Mitchell has focused his work on the education and inclusion of people with disabilities (broadly understood) into the life and work of the Church. His book, Christly Gestures, was a bridge book between his earlier work and his new passion: the practice of pilgrimage as a means of educating the mind, body and soul in the ways of Christ.
For Webb-Mitchell, the life of faith is a journey in which we are always travelling a little closer to God. In this way of looking at life, everyone is a pilgrim, whether they know it or not. By exploring what it means to walk the pilgrim's path as laid out by centuries of prayer, discipline, gestures and penitence, Webb-Mitchell becomes a compelling teacher to those of us struggling with our identity as pilgrims on the way.
Follow Me is the first of two books on this model of Christian learning. School of the Pilgrim is its more theologically-laden, studious companion. Follow Me is a more personal look at the lessons learned on the pilgrim's path. Through anecdotes about a wide variety of pilgrimages (both those "sanctioned" by the church and those pilgrim moments in everyday life), Webb-Mitchell brings his own wonderful quirky sense of humour to the discussion, as we the reader are invited to journey with him and other pilgrims as they discover Christ on the road . . . and in one another.
I have read much of what Brett Webb-Mitchell has written and have been privileged to hear him speak in person. This book is as close as you can get to a chat with this cutting-edge Christian educator without travelling to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and having a cup of coffee with him at the local shop. In its pages, Webb-Mitchell speaks honestly and authentically about where he has gone, the things he has seen, the people he has met, and most importantly, the lessons he has learned. Though it is best read together with School of the Pilgrim in order to get the fullest understanding of his thoughts on the subject, Follow Me is without a doubt the best book Brett Webb-Mitchell has ever written.