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"This is the way of peace–overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love" ~ Peace Pilgrim

ALONG THE TEMPLAR TRAIL
Seven Million Steps for Peace
by Brandon Wilson

2009 Best Travel Book (Gold)
Lowell Thomas Award Winner
Society of American Travel Writers Foundation

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cover design: Nexus Designs; editor: Dr. Bob Rich

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Author Brandon Wilson and his 68-year old French friend set off in the footsteps of history on an inspiring 2620-mile (4217-km.) trekking pilgrimage for peace to Jerusalem across two continents and eleven countries. Join them as they walk an ancient trail followed by Knights Templar, Romans, pilgrims, and traders on their way from France to Israel.

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IT'S A JOURNEY WITH UNIQUE CHALLENGES.

This two-continent trek takes them from the canals, rivers and forests of Europe to the bleak high deserts and parched, rugged countryside of the Middle East. Temperatures soar from near-freezing to nearly 100 degrees. Wild dogs roam the steppes, Israel and Lebanon exchange bombs, while the potential threat from terrorism and deadly viruses make them question their mission.

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IT'S A TALE ABOUT OVERCOMING PHYSICAL & MENTAL OBSTACLES.

On this five-month marathon, trekking 30-58 kms. every day is a supreme test of the human spirit; of continuing even on those days when their bodies say "No more!"


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IT'S A QUEST FOR PERSONAL AND GLOBAL PEACE.

The peace walkers spread a message of hope and tolerance as they talk to local media and convince others that peace and negotiations are better options to never-ending wars.

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IT'S A DAILY ENCOUNTER WITH SMALL MIRACLES.

All along the way "angels" help them in their times of need and reassure them that human kindness is still very much alive in the world today.

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Join them on an historic walk to remember. This book comes complete with helpful stages, maps and black & white photos.




Contents:

Chapter I. Heeding the Call (Preparation)
Chapter II. The Agony of de Feet (France)
Chapter III. “Sun in the Eyes” (Switzerland, Germany)
Chapter IV. The Kindness of Strangers (Austria, Slovakia)
Chapter V. On the Trail of “Treep” (Hungary)
Chapter VI. World War III? (Serbian Border to Belgrade)
Chapter VII. “It is Our Custom Here” (Belgrade to Bulgaria)
Chapter VIII. Balkan Meltdown (Bulgaria)
Chapter IX. Difficult Choices (Turkish Border to Istanbul)
Chapter X. Turks Bearing Gifts (Istanbul to Kütahya)
Chapter XI. “Sempre Diretto” (Kütahya to Alanya)
Chapter XII. Crossing the Line (Cyprus)
Chapter XIII. Life in a Sea of Sharks (Israel)
Chapter XIV. One Step, One Seed (Jerusalem)
Chapter XV. Reflections
Lessons of the Trail
Journey Stages
Equipment List


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