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The silver-haired woman walked away from her name and vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace". On New Year's Day, 1953, she walked ahead of the Tournament of Roses parade handing out peace messages. It was the beginning of a pilgrimage that would last eighteen years. Traveling on foot without money or possessions, with only the food and shel ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published December 12th 1991 by Ocean Tree Books (first published 1983)
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Apr 21, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought it would be too much about religion but it offered different views that were kind of cool. For example, she talks to people and changes their views on things and teaches them to lead a happier life. I wish I could do that. I try to be positive, but I feel like I fail more often than not and she just carries this view of good in everyone wherever she goes! I admire that. I sometimes think people are just bad, and she finds everyone to ...more
Dec 21, 2007 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who hopes for peace
Shelves: favorites
I just finished this's a short book about a woman's journey for Peace. She walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all ove ...more
Aug 17, 2008 Dayva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A woman of truly inspirational faith. This walk of faith touches the heart in places you don't even know you have.
This little book has come to me again.....I am reading it with new eyes and wisdom that I didn't have years ago.
Having always been a flag waving patriot, I have failed to really truly 'give peace a chance'. In mid life, I am seeing the alternative from a new perspective with what feels like a new heart.
Jennifer Locke
Oct 16, 2014 Jennifer Locke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
I have to rate this book as "It was amazing" because the life of Peace Pilgrim is nothing short of amazing.

I first heard of Peace Pilgrim through an NPR story and couldn't believe that I'd never heard of her before. After reading this book, I'm even more amazed that more people don't know about Peace. Surely, her life was as remarkable and influential as Martin Luther King or Gandhi or any other great spiritual teacher. For 28 years, Peace walked across the country as a pilgrim, "wandering until
BLEEPING Herald Newsletter
Peace Pilgrim, as she was known in later years, started her mission in 1953 when she stepped out in front of the Rose Bowl parade, dressed as simply as she appears on the cover, and began her pilgrimage with the vow she held for 28 years: “I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until I am given shelter and fasting until I am given food”.

Think about that. Get up and walk out your front door, your only possessions from now until you depart this world: what yo
Aug 01, 2013 Baratang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book while I was browsing the internet, looking for tips/messages/anything that will guide me into attaining peace in in my life. The book was free, I ordered it, and it didn't even take long to atrrive at my door step in South Africa. It was written in a simple way and message was amazing and liberating. The Preparations, Purifications and Relinquishments stood out the most. I write them down in every year's diary and read them in the morning or whenever a need arise.

The pub
Dec 14, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peace Pilgrim can, in my mind, join the ranks of the very small group who has walked the talk and followed Jeshua Ben Joseph better known to the world as Jesus. Though she never claimed allegiance to any specific tradition she does use a lot of Christian terminology with references to karma and reincarnation. This book will have a permanent spot in my collection and likely be revisited often for inspiration. What a tragedy to have lost such a beautiful human being when and in the way that we did ...more
Aug 21, 2007 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: topshelf
i remember my sister had this book when she was a hippy following the grateful dead. i would see it around occasionally but not think much of it because of my negative association with hippies. at a vegetarian festival i was given a free copy. when i flipped through it i was surprised to find it much more coherent than i expected and so was encouraged to read the book and found it very insightful and enlightening.
Mar 28, 2007 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humans
Its a spiritual book with sentiments from a spiritual woman.

You can download the pdf for free or request a copy here:
Esther Ruvalcaba
Jun 13, 2014 Esther Ruvalcaba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That 100% trust is how I would love to live my life
Jul 18, 2009 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kimber loaned me this one a long time ago! (It has been a long while since we exchanged any books!) This was a really interesting read for me. First, it contained a lot of 'God' motivation which doesn't work for me, but, second, it clearly made the point that you have to live fully in peace in order to be able to affect any change so the world can live in peace, too. Peace Pilgrim was a woman who spent almost 30 years walking across and around North America for peace. She said she started by min ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Monicaaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought."

Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words.

Peace Pilgrim's message was a simple one. "I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace."

At the height of the Korean War on January 1, 1953, Peace Pilgrim set off on a pilgrimage across the United States. She carried petitions for peace. Her aim was to end war and violence. Her aim was to help people attain inner peace.

She wore a
Kim Buchanan
Feb 05, 2013 Kim Buchanan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-memoir
This woman's story astounds me. Certain that her life must change, she took 15 years to discern just how it should change. In January 1953--at the Rose Bowl parade, of all places--Peace took the name Peace Pilgrim and began walking for peace. She traversed the U.S. 7 times (she was on her 7th trip across when she was killed in an auto accident in 1983). She slept outside, unless offered housing. She didn't eat until she was offered food. She carried nothing with her except the clothes on her bac ...more
Heidi The Hippie Librarian
This is the memoir of Peace Pilgrim put together by her friends after her death. What an extraordinary life!

She taught peace not through passivity but by conscious choice because that is the only path that moves in harmony with the universal laws.

A friend lent me his copy of this and I'm so glad that I had a chance to read it. I recommend this to anyone. We could all use more peace and love in our lives. I wish she was still walking around with her message today.
Mar 05, 2014 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book immensely. Peace Pilgrim was truly courageous. I wonder why so many people have never heard of her. Of course there were some articles & radio shows at the time. To make such a statement through her walking & speaking is such an accomplishment. Speaking to anyone anywhere that cared to listen. Staying the night alone in a field or on the roadside, all in the name of peace is just amazing. I am telling everyone I can that this is a must read.
Crystal Falconer
May 04, 2011 Crystal Falconer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this book to me, and I will admit, it's not my usual type of reading. That said, I do believe that "Peace Pilgrim" was an amazingly brilliant person who figured out many things about physical and emotional health. Purifying your body by eating and drinking only things that you know are good for you should be a no-brainer, but it is easier said than done in a world of caffeine, processed foods, etc. She also believed that disease is in large part the product of stress and emo ...more
May 22, 2016 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not super impressed with the text. It's mostly repetitive. She has a simplistic view of societal issues and sounds judgmental at times. I was expecting much, much more. I definitely agree with one of her final points about not following people. I learned this from reading her book. Read a bunch and make up your own mind. No one person is ever going to totally align with or represent your ideas.
Mar 28, 2016 Xzs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read the story of Peace Pilgrim. A remarkable woman and a true inspiration. I read portions of this book aloud to my young children and they kept begging to hear more! There's immeasurable value in this story for all audiences. I had never heard of Peace Pilgrim prior to stumbling upon this book browsing through Good Reads - what a gem of a find!!
This was an interesting account of a wise and simple woman who gave up all her material possessions, even her identity to walk over 25,000 miles for peace beginning in January 1953 until her death in 1981 in a car accident. She believed that inner peace was necessary before world peace could be achieved. Much of this is in her own words since she gave many talks during her travels. This was one of my mother's books.

“If you are guided to a faith, use it as a stepping stone to God, not as a barri
Bill Pritchard
Disclaimer - there is a lot of wisdom here in this book. This remarkable lady walked over 25,000 miles across this country and parts of Canada, and had quite a bit of time to do some remarkable thinking. Her sayings are simple - her logic is simple - and because of this I almost get a "Being There" feeling. Peace Pilgrim was killed in a accident while taking a ride to a speaking engagement. For those on a journey, this is a woman who walked her talk. Perhaps you can find more than I was able to.
Feb 16, 2014 Jung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A modern female American arahant. Pretty incredible to read her story and see the similarities between her teachings and those I've learned of from Vipassana. This book is free. You can order your own copy by googling the title and finding the npo that supports her teachings.
Dania Laubach
Jan 07, 2015 Dania Laubach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book caught me with the cover picture of an older women smiling gently. Something about her quiet confidence made me stack her alongside my bed and her words and actions of authentic, simple living were a comfort and inspiration in my early college years.
Jul 16, 2007 B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible book about one woman's journey to change humanity one step at a literally, one step at a time. When Mildred Norman-Ryder decided to make the "journey of peace", she did so at the age of 44. She walked cross country, covering over 25,000 miles until her death in 1981. Peace Pilgrim, the name people began to call her and she took on, relied on the kindness of others to make those 25,000 + miles possible. All of her meals, some transportation and her lodging were p ...more
Christopher O'Maelmacasa
A wonderful and inspirational book! However, since she did not actually write or organize these writings with the intentions of them being a book; it has a bit of a disorganized feel to it. I felt that after reading the first half, it began to get slightly repetitive.
May 28, 2016 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways, Peace Pilgrim is a hero and role model for living your beliefs every day.
Yet, the book feels quite dated as new information is out about GMO's, and bottled water as 2 instances. It is, however, an example of how everyone has to walk in the light they are given and her deep understanding of the need for peace above all else makes her autobiography an important piece of history.
Karen Maskarinec
Mar 19, 2014 Karen Maskarinec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: Jennifer Nelson
This will probably be the only time I give five stars to a book that really doesn't meet my strict criteria for "great literature." It has earned the rating based on inspirational content. Here is a quote that really had me saying YES: "Faith is a belief in things that your senses have not experienced and your mind does not understand, but you have touched them in other ways and accepted them. It is easy for one to speak of faith; it is another thing to live it. To me, faith represents that peop ...more
An interesting book collecting excerpts of speeches, letters, news stories, and pamphlets about the woman who dubbed herself Peace Pilgrim in the 1950s and began walking across the country (and through Canada as well) to spread her personal gospel of peace, inner peace, and inner spirituality. Peace Pilgrim reads as a little crazy, but also inspirational in her own way. She committed herself to doing what she believed to be her calling and really went for it, for decades. She didn't want money o ...more
Savannah Fox
Jan 18, 2016 Savannah Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most influential books I've read along with The Alchemist and Be Here Now.
Alexa Mergen
Aug 30, 2013 Alexa Mergen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book as an undergraduate in college. I thought that was the ideal time to read about one woman's dedication to simplicity, compassion and peace: I was shaping my values, deciding who and what I wanted to be. Twenty-five years and many cities and jobs later, I came across the book in a used bookstore and picked it up to reread. Now I think middle life is the ideal time to read it: I am shaping my values, deciding who and what I want to be. You can't go wrong reading this book. I ...more
Jan 24, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You used to only be able to order this book from friends of Peace Pilgrim who published it for free out of their home, using donations from foundations to pay for the cost. She always wanted her work to be read for free, so I don't know how the hell the book wound up on for $14, but I suppose at least it's hopefully reaching a wider audience. There are audiotapes of her in existence, but she sounds a little crazy when you hear her voice on audiotape, so I recommend reading the book in ...more
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Peace Pilgrim - born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American pacifist, vegetarian, and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season.[1] Starting on January 1, 1953, in Pasadena, California, she adopted the name "Peace Pilgrim" and walked across the United States for 28 years.
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