Reading before the pilgrimage

Some friends have asked what I’m reading as I prepare for this Holy Land pilgrimage. After my first trip to the Holy Land, my spiritual director recommended that I read James Martin’s Jesus: a Pilgrimage. Martin’s reflections on the life of Jesus as revealed in the modern day locations that he encountered on pilgrimage are just what I’m looking for as I get ready to return to the region. I’m also taking with me the guidebook that Martin used during his trip: Jerome Murphy_O’Connor’s The Holy Land: an Oxford Archaeological Guide. It has scholarly detail about many of the sites that we’ll be visiting. I suspect that we’ll pass it around the tour bus.

Cynthia prepared a longer list of titles, in addition to the above:

  • The Bible, especially 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, the Gospels
  • My Promised Land, by Avi Sharit
  • Jerusalem, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • The Lemon Tree, by Sandi Tolan
  • The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks (a fictional account of King David)

2 thoughts on “Reading before the pilgrimage

  1. It is with a blessing that I wake up in the morning next to my wife of over thirty four years. I take that first waking breath of the day and say a prayer for my good fortune. Someday I will make it the Holy Land but in the mean time I walk my pilgrimage with the Lord everyday.
    Give someone a smile, walk with Christ and be mindful of the steps you take.


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