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Excellent read. Kym shares her experiences on the Francigena in a way that makes you feel like you are there. This book is about her personal struggles and triumphs along her journey to successfully reach her goal and to learn more about who she is and what she can accomplish. Unlike the book Wild, this book is NOT a calling for people with emotional issues to act irresponsibly and with no planning to set out on a long distance hike. In my opinion, Wild has done more harm than good for the PCT and the communities it passes through.
The Path You Make, on the other hand, leaves me with a feeling of gratitude and inspired to continue finding and experiencing my own journey. The best part is that for Kym, the book doesn’t end.... as she continues to pay forward through her continued work and ongoing connections with her readers. She not only reaches her goal but does it with integrity in a way that is inspiring and a credit to herself and the people along the Via Francigena.
I absolutely loved this book. I have read numerous books about the Via Francigena, and this book is (1) full of important details and advice, and (2) beautifully written. While reading this book I had the feeling that the author was in my living room talking with me. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to walk! Lynne Deming
With raw honesty and engaging storytelling, Kym takes us on her incredible odyssey walking the 1700-km pilgrimage path from Canterbury Cathedral in London to Vatican City in Rome.
Through her vivid descriptions, I could not only visualize the outer terrain she was walking but, more importantly for me, the inner terrain she was also navigating: the fears, the doubts, the insecurities… all those elements that make this kind of undertaking a quest of the spirit, an attempt through pilgrimage to answer the big questions of one’s life and bring meaning to one’s existence. I appreciated her willingness to speak from the heart and share both the tribulations and triumphs – and everything in between – of her remarkable journey.
I highly recommend this book whether you’re a woman traveling alone or a pilgrim on a spiritual quest. It will inspire and entertain, as it did for me.
I found this book both informative and extremely absorbing to read. It is well written with good descriptions of the paths, sceneries, weather conditions and challenges faced during her pilgrimage. It also looks at the author’s own emotional and inner journey; including accounts of her own childhood and personal relationships. I have read a few books on long distance pilgrimages, mainly on Spanish Caminos admittedly, and have found some of them a bit thin on information on the varying conditions of the paths and physical difficulties, yet others read more like a travel report or diary lacking on inner and emotional explorations. This book covers all these important aspects, as well as making the walk interesting and sceneries graphic. The last chapter on re-entry back into a routine and city based lifestyle resonated with my own experiences of finishing several Caminos in Spain; a physical triumph but leaving a bit of an emotional void inside. My first Camino was inspired by a book written by an American lady. I think I am more than inspired to walk the Via Francigena, or at least a large section (time constraints) of it, by this amazing Australian lady after reading her book.
Loved this very personal account of the pilgrimage journey made by Kym. Will be of interest even if not planning to undertake such a journey. Definitely worth a read. Thank you Kym for sharing your experience. Will certainly help when we set off ourselves hopefully next year!
Armchair travelling is the order of the day when you're stuck at home due to the corona pandemic. After reading several books about The Way of St. James and the Via Francigena, I opted for the latter once more and came across this account written by the Australian Kym Wilson. I didn't regret it! Walk in her footsteps - all of a sudden, staying at home and reading a book isn't the worst way to spend the time you're forced to stay at home. 'The Path You Make' is a very honest account, and Kym Wilson shares her joys and griefs with the reader in a way that just makes you feel you've come across a gem of an author - and a very brave woman. PS: Trust me, I'm a Swiss mountain hiker who really (really!) misses the Alps. But this book was a wonderful distraction and companion during the lockdown.
It's a great read about a woman's solo pilgrimage on the Via Francigena . You can really "feel" the author hiking 2000km from Canterbury to Rome, with all the physical and emotional challenges. If you enjoyed reading "Wild", you will like this as well!