The Ascent to Santiago:
A Contemplative Journal for Those Walking the Way of St. James


Walking the Camino is much more than a physical challenge. It is an internal journey which has the potential to grow and expand your heart and soul. The Ascent to Santiago will help you be as intentional about the inward journey, as you have been in preparing physically to walk to Santiago. 

There are three components to this journal. Contemplative Prompts which will assist you in being attentive to how the Camino is impacting your heart. Journal Pages where you can explore and express what you are experiencing, thinking, and feeling. And Scriptures for Meditation, which because of their themes, are excellent companions to the daily contemplative prompts. 

The Ascent to Santiago will help open you to the reality of your own heart, and be aware of how the rhythm of the Camino is forming your soul. If you are going to Spain with questions, it will enable you to create the space necessary to discern the answers. It will assist in bringing clarity and understanding, as well as a sense of peace and well-being. It is like having a companion for the journey who gently asks the kinds of questions which enable you to grow in your understanding of who you are and your place in the world. 

The journal keeps pace with John Brierley's guide book, "A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago," but it is not meant to be rigid. If you desire to keep tempo with the guidebook, this will follow right along, but if you want to set your own timeline,the journal allows you that flexibility. Please note, the print version has journal pages, it is the only journal you will need to carry. The kindle version has journal prompts, you will need a separate journal in which to record your thoughts. 

THE GOOD WAY: Walking an Old Road to a New Life


Standing at a crossroads born out of the hurt inflected by those closest to him and the loss of his most significant community, Ron was seeking to discern which way to turn. He could give into the temptation to choose the path of security, control, and self-preservation, or he could risk accepting an invitation to walk a different road, a road that would require humility, submission, forgiveness and trust. A road which also promised to take him somewhere far more life-giving than his own striving could ever lead. 


THE GOOD WAY is the story of the choice he made and how walking the Camino de Santiago gave voice to the internal/spiritual journey he traveled as he willingly walked an old road in search of a new way to live. Ron takes us with him on this journey, allowing us to experience the Camino and glean from the wisdom discovered as he walked this ancient path. The lessons he learns are timeless, life giving, and will be of help as you come upon your own crossroads. After reading Ron's story, you will find hope for healing your own wounded heart.



"As I read this book, it was as if I became a sojourner with Ron, not only as a companion on the Camino, but to deeper places within my own heart. This book is an honest, endearing, and sometimes painful account of walking a spiritual path of healing, which focuses on becoming rather than arriving." ~ Lora Lightfoot, Speaker, Life Coach and Church Consultant 


"The Good Way took me on a journey of heart and soul. Ron has a gift for finding the hidden wisdom in life's struggles. He is open and honest with his heartache and was able to turn that into a new walk of life. In reading this book I felt moved to make changes in my own path: to forgive and love easier and to find rest in my soul." ~ Mark Holmes, Vice President, Caleb's Heart Ministry 


"This is a story of a surrendered heart in the hands of a loving and faithful God. I was humbled, challenged and encouraged by Ron's willingness to allow the hard and painful places of life to expose his own heart. His journey has inspired me to be less fearful and more open to how God redeems all things to reveal and set me free from that which holds my heart in bondage." ~ Susie Overton, Board Member, Rooted Soul Ministries 


"Ron's story will show you that, even in the midst of great pain, there is healing, renewal, and victory. The Good Way is an inspirational read about the healing effects of the Holy Spirit, friends and fellow sojourners along the Camino de Santiago. It will lead you to the healing place you're looking for." ~ Denise Miller Holmes, Director, Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild