Book Review: Everyday Camino with Annie

Everyday Camino with AnnieAnnie O’Neil, featured pilgrim in Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, published a pocket-size book called Everyday Camino with Annie, that features 40 days of inspirational quotes and messages that one can read while on the Camino, or anywhere.

In the intro, she talks briefly about her experience walking the Camino in 2009 and how it was the most transformative experience of her life.  She wrote this book to keep the Camino experience alive and also “for those who have walked, will walk, for those who know someone walking the Camino de Santiago, and for those who may never walk in Spain, but feel called by the Camino.”

Everyday Camino with Annie, back coverI love this book because it isn’t based on a particular religion, yet it is very spiritual in nature. The 40 days of inspiration include Zen sayings, quotes from Thoreau, the Dalai Lama, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and even Dr. Suess.   Gratitude, intuition, love, simplicity and alignment with the Universe are themes woven throughout the book. Annie encourages us to sit quietly for 5 minutes each day to contemplate the ideas. This “quiet time” reminds us to be grateful, be still, and just be. 

Everyday Camino with Annie-SignedThis book will make an excellent gift for anyone who plans to walk the Camino, or for anyone interested in enhancing their daily spiritual  journey. It could even be an introduction to meditation for those who are curious about practicing but never have the time. Walking is a meditation, after all, and combined with Annie’s reflections and a big dose of Ultreia Y Suseia*, this may be just what the doctor ordered! Indeed, the Camino provides.  I purchased a copy of this book at the Berkeley screening of the Camino documentary and Annie signed it with the common phrase, “Buen Camino!” which makes it even more special.

Annie sells copies of this book and DVDs of Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago at screenings of her new film Phil’s Camino and online at


*Ultreia is a Spanish word, derived from the original Latin, meaning Onward! It was in common use by pilgrims to greet and to encourage one another along the Camino.
Suseia means Upward, more or less. Combine the words Ultreia y Suseia for the saying Onward and upward! There’s even a song about it on Annie’s accompanying CD that can be purchased for $10 at her film screenings.

Happy reading and buen Camino!

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Book Review: The Art of Walking – An Illustrated Journey On The Camino De Santiago

I am sharing a Camino book review from Drew’s blog Trail to Peak. The Art of Walking by Kari Gale is now on my Camino Books page.

Happy reading and buen Camino!
PS.Do you have a book to recommend? I love to read and review Camino books to feature on this page. Dígame in the comments below, or email me.

Trail to Peak

Even though it’s been three years since I finished my Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, I still think about it regularly. Of all the trips and treks I’ve been on, the Camino was by far the most influential and life changing. With all of the great hiking I’ve enjoyed this summer, I haven’t written any posts related  to Camino de Santiago. It’s been a few months now, and that’s just way too long! You can imagine my excitement when I received an email from a fellow pilgrim about her newly released book, The Art of Walking.

Camino de Santiago Book The Art of Walking Kari Gale The Art of Walking by: Kari Gale

What made me so excited about The Art of Walking, was the new and fresh take on what’s become a crowded Camino book market. There are many books with compelling personal narratives, preparation books with gear lists and accommodation, and there are even books on the food and…

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Book Review: Camino Chronicle by Susan Alcorn

Many of us remember clearly where we were on September 11th, 2001.  Author Susan Alcorn and her husband Ralph were on the Camino de Santiago when they heard the tragic news, fourteen years ago today.  Susan’s book, Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago, has a day-to-day account of walking the Camino Francés, which they had just started on September 1st of that year.   Continue reading