“I’d never done anything crazy like this before – a pilgrimage walk. I was not a hiker, and I wasn’t a Catholic. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was a Christian. On the last government census when I had to state my religion, I’d said I was a Buddhist, mainly because they’ve had such a hard time in Tibet I felt they needed my statistical support.
I was also not an adventure traveller. For me, adventure travel was flying coach. All this backpacking and wearing of heavy boots and flying off to France to walk ancient pilgrimage routes was a new experience, and not one that made me feel entirely comfortable.”
And so Bill Bennett, an Australian based film director, set off on an 800 kilometre walk across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, not sure why he was doing it, and not feeling entirely comfortable. His discomfort increased markedly a few days later when his knee gave out – so the rest of the walk was a “pain management pilgrimage.”
But he kept his sense of humour, and his memoir is at times hilarious but also deeply moving, and insightful. In the vein of Bill Bryson and Eric Newby, The Way, My Way takes you on a unique spiritual journey, and gives you a hearty laugh along the way.
Upcoming in 2018:
Palace of Fires
Young adult trilogy Palace of Fires to be published
by Penguin Random House.
Buy it before the supply runs out!28 Jan, 2017By Sandy from WV on Amazon.com
We are taking one leg of this walk at the beginning of May and I bought this book hoping to get more information from a personal perspective. I could hardly put this book down. Laugh out loud! I've done some research hoping Bill Bennett had written another book, but I couldn't find one. But when he does, I'm going to be first in line to buy it!
A delightful read!20 Nov, 2016By Minniemouse on Amazon.com
Bennett's story of both a physical and spiritual journey is a perfect blend of hunor, realism, and poignancy. I enjoyed every page!
THE book on the WHY of the Camino (and some of the how and what too)10 Sep, 2016By G. Younger on Amazon.com
When looking for a book on the Camino several selections on Amazon come up. I normally go for the most cut and dry version to get started. A memoir might be fine after I learn more. But in this case, intuition I guess, said go for one guy's version first, you can get those details later. So very happy I did.
The Way, My Way is fun, informative and really gets to the "why" of a Camino trek. A real page turner. Fun and filled with thought provoking stuff. Buy this book!
A Memorable Read26 July, 2016By Tenille and Dianne Webb on Amazon.com
A great read by a great storyteller. Bill has incisive intuition, unique observations and despite personal pain manages to offer great bits of humor. The wife and I are training now for our walk next year. Wish I had younger feet.
Best Camino book I have read11 July, 2016By OpaSteve on Amazon.com
I have read over 20 books about the Camino over the past 3 years preparing for my Camino which will be starting next month. Excellent read, good story, good info on what to expect. Full of brutal honesty and Spirit!