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To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago De Compostela [Paperback]

By Kevin A. Codd (Author)
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"The story of stars dancing over a field in a faraway land may so draw you away from the ordinary business of daily life that you find yourself, quite to your surprise, in a new world of unexpected adventures and remarkable people and some very profound mysteries." - from the introduction "Pilgrimage" is a strange notion to our modern, practical minds. How many of us have sought on foot a distant holy place in order to come close to God and speak to him where he may hear best? The idea is laughable in this age of cars and churches on every corner. Nevertheless, looking for a way to take stock of his life, priest Kevin Codd set out on a pilgrimage that would change his life. To the Field of Stars tells the compelling story of this modern-day pilgrim's spiritual and physical journey on foot across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the traditional burial place of the apostle James the Greater. Seen through the eyes of a Catholic priest who is respectful of the spirituality and religious worldview that originally gave rise to medieval pilgrimage, this is a fascinating and engaging account of a most unusual journey.

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"I am about to share here a story about stars that dance. . . . If the very thought of seeing stars dance piques your curiosity at some deep level of your soul, then pay attention to what follows, for the walk to the Field of Stars, to Santiago de Compostela, is a journey that has the power to change lives forever."
- from the introduction

"Pilgrimage" is a strange notion to our modern, practical minds. How many of us have walked to a distant holy place in order to draw nearer to God? Yet the pilgrimage experience is growing these days in various parts of the world.

Seeking to take stock of his life, Kevin Codd set out in July 2003 on a pilgrimage that would profoundly change his life. To the Field of Stars tells the fascinating story of his unusual spiritual and physical journey on foot across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the traditional burial place of the apostle James the Greater. Each brief chapter chronicling Codd's thirty-five-day trek is dedicated to one or two days on the road. Codd shares tales of other pilgrims, his own changes of perspective, and his challenges and triumphs along the way - all told with a disarming candor.

Seen through the eyes of a Catholic priest who honors the religious worldview that originally gave rise to these medieval odysseys, "pilgrimage" comes to life and takes on new meaning in these pages.

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To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago De Compostela by Kevin A. Codd has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Commonweal - 01/16/2009 page 28

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 18, 2008
ISBN  0802825923  
ISBN13  9780802825926  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kevin A. Codd is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Spokane. He has most recently served as Rector-President of The American College of Louvain at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He is currently taking sabbatical to once again walk as a pilgrim from Louvain, Belgium, to Santiago de Compostela.

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Reviews - What do customers think about To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago De Compostela?

I also love this book  Apr 2, 2010
It feels like a friend to me when I'm reading. Like I'm walking with Kev. He made me understand about the icons of catholic belief. He is so human. I am walking this year with my sister.
Didn't Want This Journey To End  Oct 25, 2009
Bought this book after my own "pilgrimage" to Santiago de Compostela, albiet via airplane. Having witnessed the physical and spiritual beauty of Santiago and spectacular Cathedral and now read Father Codd's account of his journey, I feel compelled to return. This time it will be on foot so that I too can gain the full experience so wonderfully brought to life by Father Codd in "To The Field of Stars".

Whether or not one ever has an opportunty to complete such a journey or to visit this spectacular part of the world, all can enjoy the experience through Father Codd's writing. This is fun to read; it not only inspires but entertains as well.
Useful to potential Pilgrims  Jul 31, 2009
We are planning to walk part of the Camino de Santiago this fall and found the book quite useful as a description of what to expect. It is also a good read for those who enjoy travel narratives.
Excellent Camino Narrative  Jul 21, 2009
This is an excellent book describing the Camino de Santiago experience both from a spiritual perspective and the physical demands of the 500 mile trek. Father Kevin Codd walks every step between St. Jean Pied de Port, France and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He describes the journey day-to-day giving the reader a true feel of what it is like to walk as a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago. Father Codd made his pilgrimage during the summer of 2003. My wife and I were about one month behind Father Codd, walking the Camino, so I found the book even more interesting for that reason. If you have walked the 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, this book will bring back memories of your trip. If you are going to make the pilgrimage, "To the Field of Stars" will give you an accurate and true description of what it is like out on the trail. This is a Camino de Santiago narrative worth reading.
Jim Clem [...]
Buen Camino Hiking the Camino de Santiago & El Camino de Santiago A Pictorial Pilgrimage
A fitting tribute to the joy and wonder of the Camino de Santiago  Jul 9, 2009
Fr. Codd has written a gem of a book. It's both a travelogue and a spiritual journal, a diary and a meditation. Just as NASA finally realized it needed to send a poet into orbit in order to describe Outer Space, so we needed Fr. Codd to do the Camino to put words to our pilgrimage. His book captures the essence of the Way of St. James, both its physical and spiritual challenges and rewards. Only a person of faith could describe the modern Camino de Santiago in all of its spiritual depth. Codd succeeds where others only skim the surface.

His journey begins at the traditional starting-point of St. Jean Pied-de-Port in France and continues over 780 kilometers (500 miles)- by foot all the way - to Santiago de Compostela. His reflections of life in refugios (hostels), conversations on plastic chairs under Coke umbrellas, and pilgrim friendships are each made with a poet's voice and ring true to my experience. They betray Codd as a gentle and honest man. With him I grieve at the end of the journey. Though our caminos are separated by years, I feel he is one of my pilgrim family.

If you're considering the Camino and are open to a religious perspective on its meaning, you'll want to read this book. Or if you're like me and just want to remember the Camino and feel again some of its glow, this book is for you. I'm buying extra copies to give to friends who are considering this walk. Let them make their walk with Fr. Codd, "Kevin the Priest!"

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