A Camino of the Soul

Learning to Listen When the Universe Whispers

Non-Fiction - Memoir
130 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2016
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

A Camino of the Soul: Learning to Listen When the Universe Whispers is a non-fiction inspirational memoir written by Katharine Elliott. The author and her husband were successful hotel executives who seemed to have the perfect life. Their home overlooked the Puget Sound, they could travel and enjoy the finer things in life, and three loving dogs graced their lives. Things started to change when they learned that his mother's cancer had progressed to the point that she could no longer live on her own. Rather than see her move to an assisting living facility in Germany, they traveled there for a visit with her, but also with the hope that she would agree to move in with them. She did, and the two women, who had once been ill at ease with each other, became the best of friends. Sis, as she was known to her family and friends, would become one of Elliott's angels after she passed on, a warm and guiding presence who would look out for Elliott, supporting her throughout the moves and crises, and eventually the breakup of her twenty-year marriage. Several years before that break, Elliott had begun seeking a more spiritual connection to life, and she accepted that she was meant to walk the Camino. She didn’t know the reason why or how that ambition came to grab hold of her, nor did she question it, and that historic spiritual walk would change her life.

Katharine Elliott's non-fiction spiritual memoir, A Camino of the Soul: Learning to Listen When the Universe Whispers, is a beautifully written and joyful account that held me in rapt attention as I was reading. Elliott's writing is smooth and compellingly honest, and one can't help but feel that she is speaking directly to her readers. I loved reading about how she and Sis went from being wary and unwilling in-laws to becoming dear friends who reveled in their time together, and I found her descriptions of the process of her and her husband's move to Europe to be fascinating. But I'm an avid hiker; so I would have to admit that my primary interest in reading this memoir was to hear about the author's experiences on her Camino, and she came through with flying colors. I had wondered about her taking the trek on her own and loved the serendipity that surrounded her with hale and hearty companions. And yes, I'm glad she listened to her sister's advice to write. She does a grand job of it, and I'm looking forward to more memoirs of her other walking experiences. A Camino of the Soul: Learning to Listen When the Universe Whispers is most highly recommended.

Kirk S. Boote

A Camino of the Soul is rich with reflection and raw in how life often takes the soul where the soul may not want to go, but often we are seemingly guided to walk that path. Each one who crosses our path in life perhaps is there to give us a new seed from which to grow from. We plant the garden of our soul by the life we are called to live. It is only after we have walked the path that we can look back and recognize how life has changed us.

Katherine Elliot is gifted to help others by her memoir. In her solitude come words from above that speak to those who are trapped by the busyness of their lives. She has walked the journey that few people can because so many are just simply trapped to their own lives. Yet in the words of her book many will walk that journey and in that space find their own solace... a reason to see their life differently.

I hope her book reaches the masses. It is a simple read, yet powerful. I love the quotes from the mystics who have influenced your soul. "Forgiveness is a gift to yourself" by Louise Hay. Again, simple words, yet powerful. Even your own reflections speak volumes... "Heart pains can be replaced with a deeper sense of love, born of knowledge that all pains can have purpose." ... I paraphrased her words a bit.

There is a journey in life that we all take. Learning to Listen to the whisper is perhaps the greatest tool that God gives us to find the why we are here.

Author of
The God Process: Memoir of Miracles