Sunrises to SantiagoSunrises to Santiago: Searching for Purpose on the Camino de Santiago

After spending his 20s traveling the world and hopping from job to job, Gabriel Schirm was lost. At 32 years old, he desperately needed to find direction and meaningful purpose in his life. With no physical training, he decided his answers were waiting for him somewhere along the historic 490-mile pilgrimage route called the Camino de Santiago in Spain. From the physical high of crossing the Pyrenees Mountains to the mind numbing rhythm of walking through the endless wheat fields of the Meseta, the route was filled with many challenges. Accompanied by his “guru” wife Amy, Schirm faces setbacks like bed bugs and tendinitis, all in the pursuit of elusive answers. The lessons came from the serendipitous experiences and conversations with fellow pilgrims from all over the world. Sunrises to Santiago chronicles a wondrous journey of personal growth, physical pain, and outdoor adventure while teaching us all to enjoy life’s incredible journey.

– From Here
– From Paz Publishing Here ($1.25 Flat Rate Shipping)
– From Kobo Here
– From iBooks Here


Audiobook version available from these retailers:

Also available for purchase at these locations:
Tattered Cover Book Stores (Colorado)
Barnes & Noble

A Sample of Libraries Carrying Sunrises to Santiago:
Seattle Public Library (Seattle, Washington)
Deschutes Public Library (Bend, Oregon)
High Plains Library District
(Northern Colorado)
Douglas County Libraries (South of Denver, Colorado)
Lee County Library System (Ft. Myers, Florida)
Orland Park Public Library (Orland Park, Illinois)


“This book will leave you inspired and in pursuit of your next outdoor adventure … Schirm chronicles the struggles and joys of this challenging, rewarding, eventful and ultimately incredible journey, and his pursuit of meaning along the way. It will leave you inspired to practice the same sense of adventure and to appreciate the smaller joys of life as a whole, whether you are gallivanting through Spain or picking up dog food at the grocery store.” -The Dodge Voice

“A fresh new voice is on the Camino book scene…”The Camino Provides

“I loved it.  It brought back so many great memories for me.  This is an incredible book for past, present, and aspiring pilgrims.” –Kelly Freeman (Completed the Camino de Santiago in 2013)

 “Reading about this journey was a true gift. I cried a dozen times and found the whole tale very inspiring.” –Agnes Bannigan (Writer, Editor)

Overall 4.5/5 Stars on Amazon

Example Review: “Schirm uses beautiful imagery to take the reader along the journey with a wealth of knowledge about the region & culture, intimate stories and enough humor to keep it fun!” –Jessica H.

Overall 4/5 Stars on Goodreads

Example Review: “It’s about the way, not the destination.” This was the theme of the book and one that the author does a great job of illustrating throughout. Sunrises to Santiago is a book for anyone who has ever wanted to travel in hopes of finding adventure while also finding his or herself.”–Ian Jobe

As Seen in