Item description for Europe's Monastery and Convent Guesthous: A Pilgrim's Travel Guide, Revised and Updated by Kevin J. Wright...
Overview (PUBLiguori)The most comprehensive resource of its kind! This extraordinary guidebook discusses 450 places of spiritual retreat in 20 countries, telling who to contact, directions on how to get there, descriptions of the sites, and a short history of each. Also includes websites to visit plus information on monasticism and Gregorian chant. 256 pages, softcover.
Publishers Description The single largest resource ever compiled on Europes monastery and convent guesthouses, this extraordinary guidebook features more than 450 places of spiritual retreat in twenty countries. Excellent for travelers, armchair pilgrims, vacationers, students, and Catholic history buffs, this volume provides your key to discovering some of Christianitys most beloved sites. Newly revised to include updated Web sites and e-mail addresses.
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Wright is manager for the world's largest tour company, has written for several national publications, appeared a number of times on international Catholic television, and co-managed a Catholic-based reality TV show. He has backpacked through 18 European countries and visited more than 150 places of pilgrimage, led guided tours through Europe and the Holy Land, played college baseball, founded his own company, Catholic Adventures International, attends Mass daily, and fitness trains five days a week.
Reviews - What do customers think about Europe's Monastery and Convent Guesthouses?
Missed the mark Apr 8, 2008
I bought this book hoping it would be all it promised - the definitive guide to convents and monastery guesthouses in Europe. There are no maps and no indexes. The descriptions are very lazy, nearly a copy/paste. The lack of an area maps with the guesthouses marked makes this guidebook very diffcult to use.
To the author: try to use this book to find places to stay in any given city - you'll quickly see, it's no help. You need an area map with the guesthouses plotted. In the description, tell us how far the location is from the largest, closest city.
Helpful and useful Aug 4, 2007
If you have the time to travel Europe, you can use this book to check out some very interesting, and unusual housing.
Europe Guesthouse & Convent Jul 30, 2005
I found this book to be very helpful in detailing the options available to travelers in Europe. I know I will utilize it for and upcoming trip to Italy.
incomplete and erroneous Dec 13, 2004
I bought Kevin Wright's book before a trip to Europe. The idea behind the book is a winner; unfortunately the execution leaves much to be desired. (Largish) monasteries that do exist are not mentioned, Wright would have at least one monastery be in a town in which it most certainly has not been for the last 500 years; accuracy is not always Wright's strong point.
It's a huge shame that Wright didn't approach the right offices in Rome, as can easily be done done, and assemble a much more comprehensive and authoritative guide to Europe's monasteries and their guesthouses. Instead, he seems to have largely done his research on the web.
It may well be cheaper to buy this book than to do tons of web searches, but before doing so, you ought to be apprised of this book's limitations.
Practical & Spiritual Jun 23, 2002
We were very pleased with the format of this book. Not only is the book practical (it has the monastery contact information we were looking for), but it also approached the subject from a spiritual perspective - very important. The only disappointment, however, was that it didn't have any maps, which made it more difficult to find out where many of the places were located. But nonetheless, it's been very helpful for us, and we've also loaned the book out to friends who have also found it very helpful in making their travel plans. We give it four stars.