A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Review

"What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts

"If this book doesn't quite settle the question of belief for you, it will at least fortify your faith in scrupulous reporting and captivating storytelling...Egan is so well informed, he starts to seem like the world's greatest tour guide. You follow along as much to hear him talk as to see the sights. Reading it, you feel yourself in the presence of goodness -- the kind you might simply have to decide to believe in." --The New York Times

One of Oprah's Must-Read Books of Fall 2019

Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.

Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.

A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, A Pilgrimage to Eternity looks for our future in its search for God.

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  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an ARC of this work courtesy of NetGalley)“A Pilgrimage to Eternity” has the core essentials for great travel writing - a journey through a region or well-worn trail unfamiliar t...

  • Joseph J.

    Won in a Goodreads giveaway-with much gratitude. Timothy Egan was born of my generation into a family probably more Catholic than mine (my paternal grandmother was a New York Egan). Now like many of u...

  • Julie Stielstra

    A devout, engaged, educated Irish Catholic woman has given up all her ambitions to stay home and raise a brood of seven. Active in the church her whole life, she lies on her deathbed from a brain tumo...

  • Laura

    Thanks, Goodreads, for a great giveaway!I found Timothy Egan’s account of his journey along the Via Francigena enlightening. He provides a wealth of information along his thousand-mile trek through ...

  • Corin

    Interesting mix of history, philosophy, and travelogue....

  • Joy Matteson

    This could have been another ho-hum religious travel memoir, of which there are many, except for Egan's marvelously irreverent and thoughtful religious and socio-political commentary raising it a notc...

  • Linda Bond

    Persons of faith, seekers and those simply interested in Christianity will appreciate Timothy Egan’s foray into the history of this 2000-year-old path to God. In order to learn what he can about the...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan is a very highly recommended spiritual, historical, and physical travelogue.Timothy Egan was raised Catholic but ...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    Whether read as a travelogue, history or personal spiritual quest, A PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNITY will enlighten and entertain its audience.Timothy Egan’s journey along the Via Francigena, the ancient pil...

  • Doug Knopp

    I have read several of Egan's books and enjoyed them all. This one was quite different, by design, but less satisfying to me than the others. Egan was raised a religious Catholic and has that as a fou...