Thursday, November 09, 2006

Peace Pilgrim

"...if I could choose my breakfast from all the foods in the world I could not make a better choice than blueberries covered with dew" (p. 55).

"How inspiring it is to walk all day in the sunshine and sleep all night under the stars" (p. 54).

These are just two of the many lines I have found inspiring thus far during my read of Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, a used book I recently picked up for $5.

Peace Pilgrim was a woman who felt called to go on a walking pilgrimage for peace. She followed no organized religion, but embraced universal truths. She began her pilgrimage in 1953 and continued until her death in 1981. She walked over 25,000 miles and was crossing the United States the seventh time when she passed away.

The book is divided into several sections, many dealing with spiritual matters, such as "Living the Spiritual Life" and "The Way of Peace." There are also reprints of newspaper articles and a Questions/Answers section. Her stories about people she met during her life are most interesting.

I recommend this book to those who enjoy reading spiritual autobiographies and/or the lives of interesting women. The entire book can be read online or downloaded from here. Copies can also be found in many public and academic libraries.


At 10.11.06 , Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Like Dorothy Day, another like minded woman, the Peace Pilgrim stood for something that really matters. Thank you, Stacy, for providing the link and making us aware of who she was.
Tom Degan


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