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Timothy Egan's journey of faith — by foot

Timothy Egan wasn’t sure he was up for the pilgrimage he’d decided to make. Less than 20 miles in, his feet were swollen and he missed his family.

Fortunately for us, he’s Timothy Egan. That means he’d done his homework and was excited to explore, step by step, the fascinating history of the 1,200 mile journey he’d chosen, the Via Francigena.

It means he wasn’t turning back.

Egan tells the story of what it meant to make this journey now and through history in his latest book “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith.” His exploration touches on the search for meaning, the state of humanity and spirituality now, the fate of Christianity and the pleasure of just allowing yourself to be amazed.

“Ahead, and beyond, I can see for miles and miles. Off in the immediate forever, the days have no past, no future, only present, only the moment," he said.

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a National Book Award-winning author. He writes a weekly opinion column for the New York Times. The Elliott Bay Book Company presented his talk at Town Hall Seattle on October 15.

Please note: This recording contains unedited language of an adult nature.