Item description for The Pilgrim's France: A Travel Guide to the Saints by James Heater, Colleen Heater & First Last...
Overview In this unusual travel guide, the authors show how to reach the shrines, locations of quiet places for prayer and meditation, plus information for travelers with disabilities.
Publishers Description While France is best known for Paris, lush vineyards and gourmet cuisine, it also offers many inspiring stories and an exceptional opportunity for those seeking meaningful travel experiences. The Pilgrim's France leads the spiritual adventurer from Normandy to the Riviera, inviting the pilgrim to encounter the deep blessings of many sacred places. This unique guidebook explores the seven shrines of Mary, and includes more than thirty saints' biographies, including St. Joan of Arc; St. Radagund, and the Queen of Clotaire I. For those seeking spiritual serenity and inspiration with a Gallic flavor, this book is a faithful companion. The Pilgrim's France is filled with practical information, too:
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Studio: Inner Travel Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.46" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Feb 25, 2015
Publisher Inner Travel Books
ISBN 0971986010 ISBN13 9780971986015
Availability 0 units.
More About James Heater, Colleen Heater & First Last
James and Colleen Heater teach classes on meditation and inspirational music in Northern California. Their 1998 honeymoon to Italy became a pilgrimage and birthed the idea for writing a series of spiritual travel guides. The Heaters combine their interest in the lives of the saints and their love of travel to create books that lead to more meaningful and spiritually enriching travel experiences. The Pilgrim's France is next in this series of soulful travel guides, which will include countries of Western Europe and North America.
James Heater currently resides in Nevada City, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Pilgrim's France: A Travel Guide to the Saints?
all I needed Apr 26, 2008
I recently spent a week in France, primarily looking at pilgrimage locations. Before leaving, I purchased many books: general guide books, pilgrimage guide books, specific city guide books, etc. This book was by far the most helpful. It was also nicely written and fun to read. The only thing this book could have done better is provide a general idea of distances between pilgrimage sites, or perhaps suggested itineraries. I wish I had more time! There was so much in this book I didn't get to see. I look forward to going back to France with this book- again and again.
France for the Faithful Feb 6, 2007
France is not just for fashion, perfume, cuisine, romantic escapades, and wine ... it is also a country where Catholics go to visit Lourdes and other sacred sites from lives of French saints. If you plan to make a trip to France both a cultural and spiritual jouney ... The Pilgrim's France should join your Fodor before you go.
There are great travel books - this one zooms past those! Nov 4, 2006
James and Collen Heater have written a wonderful series of travel books for those of us seeking a more spiritual journey - or a spiritual quest of sorts. In the true sense of the word "pilgram" this book provides a "traveler" all they need to find the sacred places in France. To go where the saints and sages lived and walked. To meditate and pray in those holy places that are hundreds of years old. To feel that divine energy in those very special places - this is what the book is all about.
If you are going to europe anytime in the futre - take along not only this book but all of their books in the "Pilgrim" series of travel books. It will be the best thing you can pack for the trip.
This book is worth of your purchase! It will be money well spent - in will be "good karma"!
I personally recommend this book for all travlers to Europe and for those arm-chair adventures to dream along with the book. I would rank it higher than FIVE STARS - IF I COULD DO SO.
Penny wise and pound foolish Jan 11, 2005
To book a pilgrimage to France and not pay the additional dollars for a copy of the Heaters' The Pilgrim's France is penny wise and pound foolish. I should know, because unfortunately, that is what I did last October. At a get-acquainted meeting prior to the trip, one of my fellow pilgrims announced that she had come upon the book at a local bookstore. Some people in the group then bought it, too, but I thought I'd save money by ordering it from the library. The library's copy was already on loan, so I left for the trip with plenty of secular guides to France, but not The Pilgrim's Guide. At times on the tour bus I read from other people's books, but that does not compare to having one's own book when visiting a sacred place. Our tour guides filled us in on generalities, but that was not to the detailed level that this book does. (Yet the reading is enjoyable as well as intensely informative.) Being on a tour, we did not need to know about accommodations or travel directions, but it was all there, along with very, very interesting commentary on the lives of each saint and what to see at each shrine. I can not begin to imagine how long it took the Heaters to compile all the data. Shortly after I returned home, I was able to take out the library's copy of The Pilgrim's France. I renewed it as many times as I could because it was a useful reference as I finished writing in my trip journal. Reading it was also distressing to me, however, because I realized things I'd missed that I wouldn't have missed if I'd had a copy of the book with me on the trip. Then and there I decided to buy both The Pilgrim's France and the Heaters' other book, The Pilgrim's Italy. I had a fantastic pilgrimage experience, but it could have been even more fantastic if I'd owned this book. Whether you are an actual pilgrim or an arm-chair pilgrim, I highly recommend it.
I found this book hard to put down Jul 21, 2004
I found this book hard to put down. I have previously read the Heaters' Pilgrimage book on Italy and found it extremely useful and informative for a trip I took to Italy this year. When I heard that they published a second book, I snatched it up immediately, despite the fact that I had no intensions of traveling to Europe again in the near future. This book presents the lives of the saints in such a dynamic way that you are drawn in and before you know it, you cannot put the book down. It is packed full of helpful and practical information on each area of France, and cities of pilgrimage, as well as how to make the most of your stay. I found the extensive resources on learning more about the saints and places mentioned in the book a wonderful addition. I would highly recommend this book not only to those interested in taking a pilgrimage, but also anyone wanting to read about real people who have lead inspiring and uplifting lives. After reading this book, you cannot help feeling uplifted yourself!