A BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' in 2018.In 2013 Guy Stagg made a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem. Though a non-believer, he began the journey after suffering several years of mental illness, hoping the ritual would heal him. For ten months he hiked alone on ancient paths, crossing ten countries and more than 5,500 kilometres. The Crossway is an account of this extraordinary adventure.Having left home on New Years Day, Stagg climbed over the Alps in midwinter, spent Easter in Rome with a new pope, joined mass protests in Istanbul and survived a terrorist attack in Lebanon. Travelling without support, he had to rely each night on the generosity of strangers, staying with monks and nuns, priests and families. As a result, he gained a unique insight into the lives of contemporary believers and learnt the fascinating stories of the soldiers and saints, missionaries and martyrs who had followed these paths before him.The Crossway is a book full of wonders, mixing travel and memoir, ...
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The Crossway Reviews
This was recommended to me, and I'm glad it was because there was a lot to like in this account of Stagg’s (agnostic) pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem. The way he related his journey to dealing with the aftermath of crisis and depression reminded me slightly of Richard Mabey’s excellent 'Nature Cure', although Mabey’s journey was more of an inward one. Stagg combines his personal journey with an account of those who came before, as well as their historical contexts, such as his fascinatin ...more
Well written but better suited to someone more interested in the history of Christianity.