Walking Home by Sonia Choquette

Walking Home

Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. And sympathy was not forthcoming. “You’re a world-renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide,” people jeered. “How could you not have seen this coming?” Having intuitive abilities didn’t make her superhuman, however. Nor did it ex...


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TitleWalking Home
Author
Release DateSep 30th, 2014
PublisherHay House
LanguageEnglish
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Travel, Spirituality, Biography
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Reviews Walking Home

  • Lorilin
    1970-01-01
    I cannot believe how disappointed I am by this book. I had such high hopes: an intuitive spiritual healer goes on a hike across Spain to work out her emotional baggage and come to terms with several major (and majorly failing) relationships in her life. Oh man, this is my jam! I thought I was going to eat this book up.But, wow. Choquette is one of the least insightful people I have ever encountered--especially for someone who is so accomplished a...
  • Heather Fineisen
    1970-01-01
    This is what I loved about the book, and what some didn't, the authenticity. Some reviewers called it whining, narcissism, et al. But I found Sonia Choquette introspective and analyzing. She's on the journey of Camino de Santiago by herself, for this reason. This is her journey and her reflection on troubled relationships including her marriage and her father. I found her relatable and brave. And most of all, encouraging. It's easy to share our g...
  • Maria
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed her journey through the Camino de Santiago, something I would love to do someday. We are all in a pilgrimage of sorts trying to cope the best we can and live up to our expectations and to those others have of us. Sometimes it is wise to take a step back, stop, spend sometime with yourself and decide what you really want. This book inspired me to take that time and to learn how to take better care of myself.
  • Courtney
    1970-01-01
    The Quick Version of Walking Home by Sonia Choquette I woke up.*I ate a PowerBar. I said a prayer to the Universe/God.**I ate a PowerBar. I hiked. I ate a PowerBar. I thought some thoughts. I ate a PowerBar. I described some things. I ate a PowerBar. I met some people. I ate a PowerBar. I ate some actual food.I ate a PowerBar. I drank some wine. I wanted to eat a PowerBar***but I was so exhausted that I fell asleep. Repeat formula for each chapte...
  • Olwen
    1970-01-01
    If this book doesn't inspire you to do a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, then nothing will! A great travelogue that weaves in spiritual inspiration and self reflection.
  • Melanie The Medium
    1970-01-01
    I am a big fan of Sonia, and I've been interested in walking the Camino, so when I found out about her new book, I ordered a copy right away. This book has a different tone than her others. We're used to seeing the all-positive, peppy, spiritual teacher Sonia. In this book, we see how she feels when dealing with major emotional situations in her personal life. We read about her struggles to not "over-spiritualize" her feelings and instead, to fee...
  • Rick Pozeg
    1970-01-01
    I thought it read too much like a self-help book. Which I later realized was printed on the back cover. Then I realized that’s what her actual career pretty much was. I wish I would have known this before the purchase. There were too many reassuring typical self-help questions she "asked" herself throughout the book which were completely directed toward the reader to answer about themselves. She seemed to focus on spirituality and angels and pr...
  • Iona Stewart
    1970-01-01
    I found this account of Sonia Choquettes Camino pilgrimage to be enjoyable and enlightening. Her intuition told her to walk the Camino after the sudden death of her brother and father, and the break-up of her long-standing marriage.Sonias narrative is down-to earth and reading it is almost like taking the trip oneself, without of course the hassle and pain.We are given detailed descriptions of her breakfasts at the various albergues (hostels); so...
  • Jenni
    1970-01-01
    I'd glanced at a couple of the reviews prior to reading this book (particularly Ladybugs from December 2014) and have to admit I was a bit worried starting out. Now finished, I am very pleasantly relieved to find myself in complete disagreement with some of the negative reviewers' points.Although I could not personally relate to the author's extremely spiritual nature, I appreciated this side of her due to how insightful it enabled her to be alon...
  • Damaskcat
    1970-01-01
    The author's brother and father died within six weeks of each other and then she and her husband separated. She felt she had come to a crisis point in her life and needed to do something to change things. The subject of walking the Camino kept cropping up in her life and she finally decided to take the plunge and do it. The Camino is a pilgrim route across part of France and Spain ending at Santiago De Compostela a total of over five hundred mile...
  • Christine Zibas
    1970-01-01
    For anyone who has considered walking to Santiago de Compostella across northern Spain, this book will provide key insights into the day-to-day rewards and struggles. Whether you feel more encouraged or less after reading "Walking Home" likely depends on your own situation and aspirations. One thing is certain, however. Spending time with nature, having hours of solitude to sort through one's thoughts and emotions is a great gift in this modern, ...
  • Vanessa
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely adored reading this book and go so much out of it to help me on my own journey. Whilst the book is about the Camino it is more about Sonia's personal experience whilst walking each day rather than a complete detailed guide book. I thoroughly enjoyed Sonia's honesty about her life, her own demons and her path to self forgiveness. In this book she describes her Camino angels - Sonia, for me you have been my Camino angel. Thank you for ...
  • Liralen
    1970-01-01
    Another Camino memoir, and dear Mother-Father God or whatever it is that Choquette says, this was not the book for me and I was not the reader for this book.The premise is there: Choquette had suffered significant losses, and she needed a change: she picked the Camino de Santiago. She had no hiking experience and no Spanish, but she was ready to throw some degree of caution to the wind and go anyway. She had blisters and aches and tears, but she ...
  • Ellie Stevenson
    1970-01-01
    An interesting and enjoyable story about one woman's experience of walking the Camino de Santiago. Details her challenges and triumphs - was a fascinating read. Made me want to take the journey for myself.
  • Frederic
    1970-01-01
    It was an OK read, not more than this. I felt like I was reading a pilgrim journal, but it missed those real and genuine gold nuggets that I was expecting to find in this book. I learned more about the different type of shoes and how her feet were hurting more than anything else.I watched and listened a couple of Sonia Choquette interviews about this book and that's why I decided to buy it. Everything was said and done in the interview, I did not...
  • Lisa Burger
    1970-01-01
    If you are thinking of walking the Camino, this book will give you some helpful information, but since it is more a story of one woman's pilgrimage, no doubt some of your questions will go unanswered. I do appreciate stories about someone taking a journey in order to gain enlightenment, but at times Choquette's recounting seems a bit self-indulgent. Maybe that is the point, but I just don't think I would have an internal crisis or personal eureka...
  • Pauline Beatty
    1970-01-01
    I loved every step of the way. I didn't want to put the book down but I had to at times and when I came back it seemed to have a lesson for me. Everything happens for a reason; right? Reading this book opened my eyes & heart to so many things that I didn't realize I needed them to be opened to. Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is now on my bucket list. A gem for everyone just waiting to be explored.
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    I have read probably 20 books on the Camino de Santiago, and walked a portion of it myself, so the details on the Camino itself were not new to me. The story of her own "healing" were interesting in a voyeuristic sort of a way for a while, but got old by the end. If you are into spiritual healing you might enjoy this, but as a tale of the Camino, there are better choices.
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    A self-indulgent and repetitive narration of a pilgrim on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. The writing is unremarkable, and each chapter is merely a rehash of the previous chapter's description of her cafe con leche, her ailments and anger at the people in her life, and her flashbacks to a previous life. As the Spaniards say, "Aburrido!"
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    Interesting because I learned all about the Camino pilgrimage. I had no idea so many folks walk this every year. I was pretty turned off by her constant mumbo jumbo of spirit guides, past lives, angel guides etc... It was non stop. I should have just googled the pilgrimage rather than slough my way thru this way too long book
  • T
    1970-01-01
    Wow!Her path really resonated with me . I love her direct contact with spirit . I loved your healing journey . Puts me in a state of contemplation. Thank you Sonia, your book was really a blessing for me and many blessings to you
  • Glen Tucker
    1970-01-01
    Amazing story and one which resonated with me deeply. Sonia's description of her healing on the Camino, seemed to match my life's experience so it was deeply moving and so honest. I felt I was there with her all the way!
  • Tom Torkelson
    1970-01-01
    Unless you're thinking about walking the Compostela pilgrimage, don't bother with this one. Or even if you're thinking of going, you could still skip this one and be just fine...
  • Kris
    1970-01-01
    This was exactly what I needed to read right now. Thanks, Universe!
  • Joanne
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book however there were parts that seemed very repetitive and I found myself skipping over.
  • OxoNewbie
    1970-01-01
    There are better writers out there e.g. Cheryl Strayed and her book 'Wild', however I appreciate Sonia Choquette's honesty as she tried to deal with the issues that have been keeping her trapped and not moving forward in life. I could relate to the issues that she had: being too independent and not being able to ask for help, feeling let down by other people, being too generous, giving too much. The book is divided into two sections: one section ...
  • Brigid Gallagher
    1970-01-01
    The author lost two close relatives within a short space of time and her world changes dramatically. The Camino de Santiago calls to her and she sets out to walk 500 miles in 34 days - the only space she can find in her busy diary. Indeed she is still recovering after knee surgery!Each day she walks she sheds a little baggage from her past, as well as physical baggage which she mostly donates to strangers in need. The people she meets along the w...
  • Sylvia Walker
    1970-01-01
    Really a 3.5 for me. Some of the author's encounters, with nature and people, were magical and fascinating to read about. The descriptions of The Way were very interesting. On the other hand, the book became rather tedious, as many chapters just focused on what kind of weather the author encountered that day, what she ate, and how much her feet hurt. At first I felt the author was self-absorbed, but then I realized I was being unfair. Part of the...
  • Jenn Wraspir
    1970-01-01
    This book has a good premise to it. I loved Wild and thought this book would be much the same. It was to some extent, but oh so different. At the end of the day, I hated this book. Sonia's a good writer and a good story teller. The problem for me was every day was the same day. I felt like I was watching Ground Hogs day. By page 200 I was done. I didn't even finish it. I read the last 10 pages because I was assuming there was some inspiration or ...
  • Sandie
    1970-01-01
    This book was recommended to me by a very random person because I told her that I was preparing to walk the Camino in a couple of months. It was truly a great gift. While it wouldn’t have interested me if I wasn’t about to embark on this journey, reading about Sonia’s experience was super helpful for planning what to pack and what to expect along the way. It’s also, by example, given me permission to say “Buen Camino” to anyone I don...