~ a book review ~
Sonia Choquette’s book, Walking Home, is what I consider to be her best work to date. From beginning to end she manages to capture the imagination of the reader with engaging and heartfelt storytelling.
I love that she is so raw and authentic in her reflections, showing us that she’s just as prone to dropping a few F-bombs during times of frustration and anger. She makes it clear that her “status” as an internationally known intuitive and spiritual teacher doesn’t make her any less vulnerable to life’s ups and downs. This is what makes her story so relatable.
The book details a pilgrimage the author embarked on known as the Camino de Santiago, or The Way. The hike consisted of a grueling 500+ mile journey that she managed to complete in thirty-four days…alone.
In part one of the book she opens up about her broken relationship with her spouse of more than thirty years, as well as the deaths of her beloved brother and father. These events—which occurred within months of each other—understandably caused her to go into an emotional tailspin. And it was during these dark days that a painful truth would be uncovered.
Like so many women the world over, Sonia Choquette was regarded by all who knew her as, “the strong one.” The burden of this label came at the expense of finding herself emotionally abandoned by those who assumed she could handle the series of crises that had come her way. This sobering eye-opener was the primary catalyst that spurred her eventual Hero’s Journey.
Part two of the book takes the reader along for the journey on the Camino de Santiago. Each chapter represents a day in the life of the author’s colorful thirty-four day adventure, brought to life with poetic descriptions and expressive language. We are also made privy to every mishap, missed perception, and misadventure as she stumbled her way through anger, regret, shame, and finally, self-forgiveness and miracles.
Throughout the pages of this inspirational travel guide, Sonia Choquette touches on many of the issues that women of middle age and beyond are often confronted with—aging, career burnout, relationship losses, death, and everything in between. She emerges from her more than 500-mile trek physically exhausted, yet somehow reinvigorated. The clarity, grace, and humility that seemed to elude her during the noise of her everyday life is finally restored.
Walking Home could very well serve as the perfect travel guide for anyone who’s ever considered exploring the Camino de Santiago. However I would recommend this book as an inspirational shot in the arm for those who have reached a point in life when they’re asking the question, “Is this all there is?” Sonia Choquette puts it all on the line and shows us The Way.