500 Miles of Gratitude

My Journey on the Camino de Santiago

by James R. McInnis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/20/2016

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781512726039
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781512726046
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781512726022

About the Book

A walk of one million steps …five-hundred miles from France to Santiago, Spain …walking the way of St. James … My journey on the Camino de Santiago was a test that I created for myself because I needed to say thank you for all of my many blessings and to do so in a way that took me well outside my comfort zone.

My journey on the Camino de Santiago provided lots of laughs and smiles as well as tears and pain. Along the way I had the good fortune to meet many very interesting people from all over the world. Walking for thirty-four days through rain, snow, heat, and cold tested my commitment to continue each day. Being alone in the middle of nowhere also provided me with a solitude that very few people get to experience.

Each day of my journey had its own finish line, and each finish line was very different from the day before, and in large part that was a real motivator—get to the finish line so I could relax and celebrate that day’s victory.

This journey tested me in ways that I didn’t anticipate. I trained for several months to prepare myself for this journey, but I was not prepared for everything I encountered on my walk. Sometimes life gives you unexpected opportunities to give, to learn, and to grow. This book describes what happens when you push yourself beyond your comfort zone and embrace whatever life brings you with open eyes and an open heart.

About the Author

Jim McInnis retired in 2008 after more than thirty years as a manager in financial services. He then started a successful sales consulting business. Jim used some of his corporate experience overcoming difficult obstacles and perseverance to help motivate himself during difficult parts of his journey on the Camino de Santiago.

Jim is a husband, father, and grandfather. He resides in San Juan Capistrano, California, with his wife, Robin. Jim and Robin believe in giving back to the community, so they have been actively involved with Boystown youth for the past eighteen years mentoring, planning events, and implementing incentive programs for good grades. Jim and Robin are also involved in local community service programs with their home church, Saddleback Church.