The Sacred Journey
By Charles foster
Published by Thomas Nelson, 2010
When man was first born, somewhere in East Africa, he began to walk. Except in sick societies, he never stopped. Travelling was part of what it was to be human. And when man tried to find out what life was all about, he took to the road on pilgrimage, as if he could walk his way to God. Perhaps he can. Certainly Yahweh seems to have an extraordinary bias towards nomads. Why should this be? Why walk to a hole full of saints’ bones? Should we expect epiphany if we walk for long enough? Is it dangerous to stay at home? What is a ‘holy place?’ The Sacred Journey, the last in Thomas Nelson’s Ancient Practices series, is a lyrical look at the history, anthropology, theology and devotional worth of pilgrimage, drawing deeply on Charles Foster’s own wanderings across the world.
‘…. as near a masterpiece of pilgrimage writing as we have ever seen. It certainly is, hands-down and far and away, the best book on pilgrimage I have ever seen. Let there be no mistake, though. Foster pulls no punches. Every one of you who reads this book will find at least one thing you totally disagree with and a whole handful of those you want to question. Please do so. Otherwise, none of it is pilgrimage.’
– Phyllis Tickle: from the Foreword