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Transform Your Life by Walking — Jackie Jarvis

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Rating: 4.86 out of 5 (7 customer ratings)
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Zoe Jasko
Review date: 24th October 2022

There is something about walking in the countryside that gives you space to reflect and be creative. This space is precisely what Jackie Jarvis found when she walked five pilgrimage routes (Caminos) to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Jackie’s simple, regular prose matches the rhythm of a walk. Her thoughts, observations and questions float into her text just as they must have floated into her mind as she progressed along the Caminos. Transform Your Life By Walking is not a memoir; it is not a diary; it is not a self-help book. It is a personal adventure and a call to reflection that belongs to a category of its own - to an in-between space that echoes the Caminos, those in-between pilgrimage routes in Spain. As we accompany her on her journey, she gently prompts us to consider how we can lighten our burdens, let go of what doesn’t matter, and turn adversity into strength. The good news is you don’t need to go to Spain to benefit from Jackie’s insights. All you need to do is mull over her suggestions on a country walk or give yourself time to ponder them at home, at work, in your car - wherever you find yourself. If that’s not enough, this book is packed with beautiful colour photos. I want to walk a Camino now. In fact, I am already planning my trip.

Zoe Jasko, author of What the Wind Saw: Short Stories from the Heart of Hertfordshire


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Dawn Lillington
Food For Your Mind
Review date: 26th October 2022

If you are a walker you will devour this delight of a book and it will feed your soul, but if you are not a walker Jackie’s thoughts and questions will make you think - its food for your mind.


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Matt Goddard
Insightful ….
Review date: 26th October 2022

If you are thinking about walking the Caminos this book gives you an honest insight to help you plan; if you are looking for insight into walking the journey of life, Jackie will inspire you with helpful questions as she journeys the Camino; and if you are just wondering if you are carrying too much in your backpack through life, Jackie's words will help you look more deeply at what you have picked up along the way. I look forward to sharing this book with my walking friends.


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Philip Curtis
Walking the Walk – Go For it
Review date: 26th October 2022

A lovely description of the author's experiences in meeting challenges and coming out the other side. Touches on history, philosophy, geography, health and wellbeing, and of course expedition walking. A lot of things close to my heart so great to see them combined in this way.


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Pauline Casey
Messages I want to put into pr
Review date: 26th October 2022

An enjoyable and insightful book. After reading it I came away with and will retain and practice some of the messages


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Helen Isacke
Insightful, thought provoking
Review date: 26th October 2022

Jackie shares her experience of walking different sections of the Camino. Walking alone for much of her journey, Jackie gives us an insight into her thoughts which evoke questions we can all relate to.
It's easy to read, full of photographs, and if you haven't considered walking the Camino before, you probably will after reading this.


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Lyn
Inspiring words and great brav
Review date: 19th June 2023

I read both your books with huge appreciation for your inspiring words and great bravery in revealing your inner self in such a helpful way. You portrayed walking as a source of joy, balance and peace for yourself and others who have the privilege of sharing your journey with you. Walking as a way of connecting with ‘soul’ was an excellent progression from Go Slow to Grow. I love these words of Thich Nhat Hanh-

I have arrived
I am home
In the here
In the now
I am solid
I am free
In the ultimate
I dwell.

Your wise words encapsulated that experience, thank you, dear Jackie, for sharing them with me.


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Nick Adcock - Former BBC Journ
Persuaded me to plan my first
Review date: 17th July 2023

Reading Jackie’s book helped to persuade me to plan my first Camino. As well as providing personal insights into different routes, it raised questions about the reasons you might go on a Camino, which I found interesting and useful to think about before the walking began. In fact I read this book twice. I ended up on the Portuguese route and it was an amazing experience; I'm already planning my next Camino.


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Rating: 4.86 out of 5 (7 customer ratings)

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ISBN: 9781914151460
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Description

Walking can transform your thinking, your feelings, and your life.

Jackie Jarvis, like many before, not only answered the call to walk, but to share the insights and thoughts that accompanied her solo travelling by foot. As Friedrich Nietzsche said, ‘All Truly Great Thoughts are Conceived by Walking.’

Packed full of great thoughts conceived daily whilst the author walked over 3,000 kilometres across Spain. Jackie takes you with her as she walks six of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes, helping you make meaning of her insights.

As Jackie experiences both the healing power of walking and nature and wellbeing benefits, she shares ways walking can change your life.

Reading this book can give you a lot to think about if you are planning to walk the Camino De Santiago. It is an ideal companion for a John Brierley Camino guidebook.

Jackie’s writing can also inspire you to walk your own local Camino, start walking for fitness and make walking for health a daily practice.

The health benefits of walking in nature are plentiful, as Julia Bradbury wrote about in her book ‘Walk Yourself Happy’ and wellness on the Camino de Santiago well documented in the films ‘The Way’ with Martin Sheen and ‘Walking the Camino’ – Six ways to Santiago.

Jackie walks her own six ways to Santiago and as you read, you too can transform your life by walking with Jackie step by step.

This is one of the best books on walking and walking journeys.

‘A rare combination of a series of epic adventures with a subtly woven insightful diary that provokes deeper self-reflection.’

‘An inspiring and uplifting sharing of in the moment thinking that leaves the reader feeling like they are walking with Jackie on the way.’

‘Personal writing at its best – astonishing honesty combined with both humour and soul-searching truths.’

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Rating: 4.86 out of 5 (7 customer ratings)
5 stars
75%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
0%
2 stars
0%
1 stars
0%

Reviews

Zoe Jasko
Review date: 24th October 2022

There is something about walking in the countryside that gives you space to reflect and be creative. This space is precisely what Jackie Jarvis found when she walked five pilgrimage routes (Caminos) to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Jackie’s simple, regular prose matches the rhythm of a walk. Her thoughts, observations and questions float into her text just as they must have floated into her mind as she progressed along the Caminos. Transform Your Life By Walking is not a memoir; it is not a diary; it is not a self-help book. It is a personal adventure and a call to reflection that belongs to a category of its own - to an in-between space that echoes the Caminos, those in-between pilgrimage routes in Spain. As we accompany her on her journey, she gently prompts us to consider how we can lighten our burdens, let go of what doesn’t matter, and turn adversity into strength. The good news is you don’t need to go to Spain to benefit from Jackie’s insights. All you need to do is mull over her suggestions on a country walk or give yourself time to ponder them at home, at work, in your car - wherever you find yourself. If that’s not enough, this book is packed with beautiful colour photos. I want to walk a Camino now. In fact, I am already planning my trip.

Zoe Jasko, author of What the Wind Saw: Short Stories from the Heart of Hertfordshire


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Dawn Lillington
Food For Your Mind
Review date: 26th October 2022

If you are a walker you will devour this delight of a book and it will feed your soul, but if you are not a walker Jackie’s thoughts and questions will make you think - its food for your mind.


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Matt Goddard
Insightful ….
Review date: 26th October 2022

If you are thinking about walking the Caminos this book gives you an honest insight to help you plan; if you are looking for insight into walking the journey of life, Jackie will inspire you with helpful questions as she journeys the Camino; and if you are just wondering if you are carrying too much in your backpack through life, Jackie's words will help you look more deeply at what you have picked up along the way. I look forward to sharing this book with my walking friends.


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Philip Curtis
Walking the Walk – Go For it
Review date: 26th October 2022

A lovely description of the author's experiences in meeting challenges and coming out the other side. Touches on history, philosophy, geography, health and wellbeing, and of course expedition walking. A lot of things close to my heart so great to see them combined in this way.


please wait
Pauline Casey
Messages I want to put into pr
Review date: 26th October 2022

An enjoyable and insightful book. After reading it I came away with and will retain and practice some of the messages


please wait
Helen Isacke
Insightful, thought provoking
Review date: 26th October 2022

Jackie shares her experience of walking different sections of the Camino. Walking alone for much of her journey, Jackie gives us an insight into her thoughts which evoke questions we can all relate to.
It's easy to read, full of photographs, and if you haven't considered walking the Camino before, you probably will after reading this.


Verified Purchase
please wait
Lyn
Inspiring words and great brav
Review date: 19th June 2023

I read both your books with huge appreciation for your inspiring words and great bravery in revealing your inner self in such a helpful way. You portrayed walking as a source of joy, balance and peace for yourself and others who have the privilege of sharing your journey with you. Walking as a way of connecting with ‘soul’ was an excellent progression from Go Slow to Grow. I love these words of Thich Nhat Hanh-

I have arrived
I am home
In the here
In the now
I am solid
I am free
In the ultimate
I dwell.

Your wise words encapsulated that experience, thank you, dear Jackie, for sharing them with me.


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Nick Adcock - Former BBC Journ
Persuaded me to plan my first
Review date: 17th July 2023

Reading Jackie’s book helped to persuade me to plan my first Camino. As well as providing personal insights into different routes, it raised questions about the reasons you might go on a Camino, which I found interesting and useful to think about before the walking began. In fact I read this book twice. I ended up on the Portuguese route and it was an amazing experience; I'm already planning my next Camino.


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