A listener to the ERB podcast (a fellow walker) asked me if I could list some of my favorite books on walking. Several readers of my recent Christianity Today review of Mark Buchanan’s God Walk: Walking at the Speed of Your Soul (Zondervan) made the same request.
Here is a list of four of my favorites, with a bit about each of the books. And sometime this fall, Lord willing, I’ll be back with another such list.
Notting Hill Editions [distributed in the US by New York Review Books], 2018.
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Beneath My Feet is one of the best anthologies of writing about walking that I’ve ever seen. To start with, the physical book is itself very congenial, and of a size you could easily slip into a jacket pocket when you set out. (Notting Hill Editions is one of my favorite publishers; their list is refreshingly wide-ranging.) Duncan Minshull, who put the anthology together, has done a superb job of conveying the wild diversity that beckons readers who not only love walking but also love to read about it. Some of Minshull’s selections are as short as a single paragraph; some are longer excerpts. Many are by well-known writers, but it will be a rare reader indeed who is already familiar with all of those represented here. What a delight to find in the same slim volume a one-page selection from Thomas De Quincey on The Last Days of Immanuel Kant (1862) and a longer excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting: A London Adventure” (1930). By the way, this little book would fit perfectly in a Christmas stocking.