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This book has been a very long time in the making. I’ve been teaching spiritual formation for over a decade at Hardin-Simmons University, and I’ve led three pilgrimages to Ireland (a fourth is slated for this Spring). Drawing upon the material I developed for these courses, I’ve crafted this book.

In it, I explore the Celtic idea of a “peregrinatio.” As with much of Celtic spirituality, the concept is best described by a story whereby a group of monks entered a coracle (a small boat) one day  and cast out into the Irish sea. The wind and the waves beat them back to the shore, so they decided to try again the next day; however, the same thing happened. On their next attempt, they decided to bring the oars in and allow the Sea to take them wherever it willed. This time, the coracle drifted far from shore. Eventually, they landed on a beach, and allowed the Spirit to lead them inward, where they eventually happened upon a king who asked them what they were doing? They responded, “We wanted for the love of God to be on pilgrimage, we cared not where.”

The word “peregrinatio” gets attached to this more daring and spontaneous idea of a faith journey “wanted for the love of God.” So I’ve based the book  on it, borrowing from Joseph Campbell’s outline of a hero’s quest. Specifically, I take the reader to various places that lead them through the stages of departure, initiation, transubstantiation, struggle, victory, and return. It’s an inward journey, so the prompts located on this site are designed to complement the chapters, providing a unique experience for each reader.

I hope you will at least take a look. The book is published by Smyth and Helwys and can be found here.

It’s also available on Amazon here.

If you find it useful, please share on social media and write reviews. This is my first book as the sole author, and any help you can give spreading the word would be deeply appreciated!

I’m available for retreats or conferences if your church or organization is interested in inviting me to present this material. You can reach me by clicking on the “Contact” link in the “About” menu above. You can also reach me at Hardin-Simmons University where I teach.