Finding Myself Along the Way: One Man's Journey on the Camino de Santiago


Loved it! 😍

With the Camino de Santiago as a backdrop, debut author Michael Burnett takes us on his transcendent quest to uncover afresh life's meaning!

You know when a book kicks off with poetry from Uncle Walt (Whitman) that this is going to be the start of something amazing!

And indeed it is, just like the final line from Whitman's "The Song of the Open Road" that author Michael Burnett quoted in this book: "...Strong and content I travel the open road."

While tempting to see this as yet another travelogue in a sea of travelogues, what sets this book apart for this reviewer, was the fact that Burnett was also on a pilgrimage to (as his book's title aptly declares) "Finding Myself Along the Way."

In reviewing this book, two words come to mind: Travel and Transcendence.

While many trek the famous 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain annually, few like author Burnett have gone a step further to map out his life journey into middle age using the Camino's breathtaking sceneries as a luscious overlay. Fewer still would have so meticulously chronicled the insightful conversations with fellow trekkers they meet along the way, as Burnett did in this excellent debut memoir.

This reviewer was especially blown away by the level of detail Burnett shared in the book from his daily trekking experience. The day-to-day accounts he documented must surely mean page after page of judiciously penned copious notes taken, with every single step he made along the way!

Talk about commitment!

You can almost feel like you were there with him, so carefully did he unpack his experiences on the pathways, the different beautiful albergues he stayed in, and the stunning monuments he visited. That's the "Travel" part.

Most of all, the colorful and varied fellow sojourners he met and got to know. And, along the way, how Burnett shared with them openly and honestly (and by extension, with us the readers), his own life journey that led him to Camino. That's the "Transcendence" part.

Like Burnett, I too have taken the road less traveled in my middle age, a time when few men would have dared to upend their safe and predictable lives, especially during such turbulent times of uncertainty, brought forth by a still-ongoing global pandemic. So I both commiserate and celebrate Burnett's courage and convictions about the new life path he's picked and recounted here.

So, if you're looking for inspiration to chart your next right thing in life, then I guarantee that this is the book for you!

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I’m Kelvin from Singapore. I blog on being a stay home dad; advocate for special needs (my youngest has autism); detail my writing journey, and discuss work, education, and society. Books & films are my faves, and I review them in my blog too, so I would make a great reviewer on Discovery!

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About the author

I’d spent most of my life in the Midwest, before a move later in life to Portland, OR, where my love for the outdoors and hiking grew. My evolution to writer was slow. I escaped the 9-5 life and started living, walking 2500 km in Europe before putting pen to paper. view profile

Published on September 23, 2021

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Travel

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