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Taking My God for a Walk


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One man's pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in search of holiness.

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Canon Andrew White is something of a legend: a man of great charm and energy, whose personal suffering has not deflected him from his role as one of the world's most trusted mediators and reconcilers. As a child and young man growing up in London Andrew was frequently ill. He set his heart on working in the field of anaesthetics, an ambition he achieved, but found himself called into Anglican ministry. He has since had a considerable role in the work of reconciliation, both between Christian and Jew and between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim. As Vicar of St George's Baghdad, the only Anglican church in Iraq, he lead a team providing food, health care, and education on a major scale and often in dire circumstances. Despite the pain from multiple sclerosis, he is frequently involved in hostage negotiations, and played a key role in ending the siege at the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem. His personal friendships have included Yasser Arafat and Pope John Paul II. He has been kidnapped, and lives in constant danger. He is trusted by those who trust very few.


"Tony's pilgrimage challenges on all levels - from aching feet and exhaustion to the deep longing within him to connect soul to soul with the God he loves. This book will move and inspire you." -- Pam Rhodes
"Engagingly insightful, endearingly witty, and wholly honest, this account of Tony's adventure will whet your appetite, as it has mine, to embark on your own pilgrimage into self-discovery and deeper richness of life." -- Simon Guillebaud
"Tony Collins' new book is an absolute delight. We take not one walk with him, but two, and both are a genuine pleasure. Here is a man who stands at the verge of retirement, who looks back and forward, and does so with both reverence and great good humour. There was so much quiet passion contained within these pages, and so many powerful lessons. Highly recommended." -- Davis Bunn, bestselling author
"Reading Tony Collins's tale of thirty-two days upon pilgrimage provides a reader with much of the experience of the journey, except for aching knees and blisters. Tony began the trek hoping to `put myself in a situation where, if God were inclined to speak to me, I would be in a state of mind to listen.' It becomes apparent as the book ends that this did indeed happen. If one cannot make the pilgrimage to San Juan de Compostela, reading TAKING MY GOD FOR A WALK is an excellent substitute." -- Mel Starr, author of The Unquiet Bones
"Veteran British publisher Tony Collins calls us to join him along the famous Camino pilgrimage path, guiding us through its beautiful, gritty, punishing terrain. Joy, pain, regret, discovery - you experience them all on a journey like this." -- Sheridan Voysey, writer, speaker, broadcaster
"A beautifully-crafted, hope-laden invitation to us all to put on our walking boots." -- Malcolm Duncan, author and speaker
"A truly wonderful book: part travelogue, part history, part journal. Tony writes with wit, charm and intelligence, and above all, honesty." -- Andy Bannister, author of The Atheist Who Didn't Exist
"This is a pilgrimage on paper. The words are like the whisper of God on the evening breeze. The images painted are like glimpses of the dawn after a long night. Tony's pilgrimage is that of a man who is learning to fall upwards, in the words of Richard Rohr. You hear the depth of his faith and the yearning of a heart that knows God is so much bigger than any of our limited notions of him and so much more beautiful than our most beautiful thoughts and ideas of him." -- Malcolm Duncan

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