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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans; First Edition edition (March 18 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825926
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martin Sheen
"In this wonderful book Father Codd brilliantly captures for us the essence of pilgrimage. He is a candid and engaging guide to the physical realities involved the beauty of nature, the aches and pains of weariness, and other pilgrims along the way. More than that, though, he reveals the interior journey, equally difficult and equally rewarding. It is a spiritual and emotional trek on which pilgrims are confronted with their own broken humanity and come face to face with the God they seek."
Tom Korologos
Former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium
"Father Kevin Codd's fascinating, thirty-five-day pilgrimage comes to life, step by physical and mental step, in this remarkable book about his 500-mile adventure-filled trek to fulfill a dream. I found myself joining, indeed even pulling for, this limping American pilgrim Catholic priest telling about his challenges and triumphs of body and spirit. I even got sympathy blisters on my feet as I joined him on the twisted road to Santiago. Written in the tradition of a Hemingway. Bravo, Father Codd!"
"Commonweal"
Both a pilgrimage journal and a priest s wonderfully unsentimental meditation on faith.
"Worship"
The fascinating story of the thirty-five days and nights spent traversing the "camino." . . .Beautifully written.
"Spirit & Life"
To say that this book is a delightful experience is putting it far too mildly. It is rather a high spiritual adventure as one travels day by day, mile by mile to the famous Spanish shrine of St. James, along with the author and many of the pilgrims he meets and loves along the way. . . . May this inspirational book find a wide readership and bring its message of love and faith to a world sorely in need.
"The Pilgrim "(Belgium)
"To the Field of Stars "has become a travelogue that disarms by its lack of pretense, and enthralls by its sincerity.
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Martin Sheen "In this wonderful book Father Codd brilliantly captures for us the essence of pilgrimage. He is a candid and engaging guide to the physical realities involved the beauty of nature, the aches and pains of weariness, and other pilgrims along the way. More than that, though, he reveals the interior journey, equally difficult and equally rewarding. It is a spiritual and emotional trek on which pilgrims are confronted with their own broken humanity and come face to face with the God they seek."Tom Korologos Former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium "Father Kevin Codd's fascinating, thirty-five-day pilgrimage comes to life, step by physical and mental step, in this remarkable book about his 500-mile adventure-filled trek to fulfill a dream. I found myself joining, indeed even pulling for, this limping American pilgrim Catholic priest telling about his challenges and triumphs of body and spirit. I even got sympathy blisters on my feet as I joined him on the twisted road to Santiago. Written in the tradition of a Hemingway. Bravo, Father Codd!""Commonweal" Both a pilgrimage journal and a priest s wonderfully unsentimental meditation on faith. "Worship" The fascinating story of the thirty-five days and nights spent traversing the "camino." . . .Beautifully written. "Spirit & Life" To say that this book is a delightful experience is putting it far too mildly. It is rather a high spiritual adventure as one travels day by day, mile by mile to the famous Spanish shrine of St. James, along with the author and many of the pilgrims he meets and loves along the way. . . . May this inspirational book find a wide readership and bring its message of love and faith to a world sorely in need. "The Pilgrim "(Belgium) "To the Field of Stars "has become a travelogue that disarms by its lack of pretense, and enthralls by its sincerity. "

About the Author

Kevin A. Codd is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Spokane. He has most recently served as Rector-President of The American College of Louvain at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He is currently taking sabbatical to once again walk as a pilgrim from Louvain, Belgium, to Santiago de Compostela.


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A little gem of a book! Just loved it and I am not religious.
I read many... and I mean many books on the Camino. From famous people to first time "travelogs"... A few have stayed with me because they truly surprised me and moved me. Field of Stars is a delightful, well written book and has staying power. I appreciated it's pragmatic wisdom yet at time it was very profound. I was pleasantly surprised that the fact that the author is a Catholic priest expended my views on just that... Priest are people too and they can be funny, experience crankiness and have their own interesting "Camino". The author assisted me to be more humble, less judgmental and be open minded (or heart minded). I always quote this book as a must read to all who ask.
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If a long- practicing priest can learn so much on the Camino, surely I can too. Not having much exposure to religious people, I figured they wouldn't or shouldn't) swear, get grumpy, be impatient. Seems with the exception of his frequent praying, his experiences and relationships were much the same as others. Except the conversations were more learned wish I could have been there when he was. I will certainly use his comments on the various refugios - looks like his p references would suit me.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2c0e64) out of 5 stars I Love This Book! April 24 2008
By P. Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In preparation for walking the Camino de Santiago later this year, I have read several accounts of pilgrim journeys. None has spoken to me as clearly to me as Kevin Codd's book. His humanity shines through the pages as he writes of both external and internal joys and challenges along the way. I read the book over a period of a couple of weeks, at a pace of one or two chapters a day. Nearing the end, I began to feel a sense of what I imagine is the rhythm of the Camino. This is a book that offers a beautiful experience in the reading.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2c0eb8) out of 5 stars The Camino - as it really should be walked! April 7 2008
By Searching Christian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading this book I've ordered several more for friends and family - a great read!
What I liked most is that while Kevin walked the camino he looked - and acted - pretty much like everyone else. Few seemed to suspect, at least initially, that under that scruffy external appearance walked a deeply devout and religious man. Thus the conversations he relates were not restrained by how people might have expected a priest to behave - nor how one was supposed to behave in the company of a priest. To the other pilgrims he apparently came across a regular guy who liked to drink beer, and when irritated enough, could cuss as well as the rest.

For anyone who has already done the camino, it will certainly bring back fond memories, and make them live again, as you follow the author, trudging from albergue to albergue, blisters and all. If you haven't already done the camino, you should certainly find a great deal in this book stimulating you to get on and do it yourself - without creating any illusions that such a pilgrimage would be like a big picnic!

And finally, even those who are adverse to the idea of walking or biking the camino will certainly be fed spiritually and emotionally, by the many inner reflections that Father Codd shares with us as he walks along the pilgrim way of St. James.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2c230c) out of 5 stars Good book Aug. 22 2012
By DLeppke - Published on Amazon.com
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To date, I have read 5 books on walking the Camino. .and I rank this among the best so far. . .The details the author went into detailing the places he slept. . .places he ate. . .the friends he made. . .and the pains he suffered. .were mixed in with a decent amount of humor, made his tale seem more lifelike. . .The author delved into his religion and core beliefs more then I thought he would. . but with the author being a priest, I can understand why he would. If your into walking the Camino from the spiritual side. .this would be a good read!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2c22f4) out of 5 stars Kevin Cobb's Gift to Us Nov. 18 2011
By Ty Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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What an extraordinary book this is. It is a story of humanity, of an amazing pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and it is a grace, a blessing that leads us at the end to Field of Stars where we are drawn to consider so many aspects of our own day-to-day caminos. It is Kevin's story, but it is our story, it is your story if you will allow it. As another reviewer has exclaimed, "I LOVE THIS BOOK!" This is the only book I have ever IMMEDIATELY started to re-read upon finishing the last page! I just did not want to leave the world within this book. I think when you are in it's pages, you are as near to being on the camino as you possibly can be without actually being there. But, in the end, it's not only about the walking. No, my friend, it's much, much more. Do yourself a HUGE favor and BUY THIS BOOK. Even in you have no present intention of walking the camino yourself, you will love this book. Buen camino, everyone!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2c26b4) out of 5 stars A very good description of the "Camino" April 29 2008
By Jose G. Sawada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kevin's book really describes the daily routine of the "Camino". The "Camino" is this friendship and fellowship among the pilgrims. It reflects with rich and live details the saga of a pilgrim. And I can affirm it, because I was one the Camino's family members that Kevin mentions on his book. I had the privilege to walk along with him and our other family members. Kevin thank you for this wonderful book.


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