Return to Glow
Currently number one on Best Books about Italy Goodreads list
In her early forties, Chandi Wyant’s world implodes in the wake of a divorce and traumatic illness. Determined to embrace life by following her heart, she sets out on Italy’s historic pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena, to walk for forty days to Rome.
Weakened by her recent illness, she walks over the Apennines, through the valleys of Tuscany, and beside busy highways on her 425-kilometer trek equipped with a nineteen-pound pack, two journals, and three pens.
Return to Glow chronicles this journey that is both profoundly spiritual and ruggedly adventuresome. As Chandi traverses this ancient pilgrim’s route, she rediscovers awe in the splendor of the Italian countryside and finds sustenance and comfort from surprising sources. Drawing on her profession as a college history instructor, she gracefully weaves in relevant anecdotes, melding past and present in this odyssey toward her soul.
This delightful, transporting tale awakens the senses while inviting readers to discover their own inner glow by letting go of fixed expectations, choosing courage over comfort, and following their heart.Buy Now
If you read only one personal transformation memoir this year, make it Return to Glow.
If you came across Chandi Wyant’s fascinating memoir Return to Glow: A Pilgrimage of Transformation in Italy, you might note the athletic-looking blonde woman on the cover and think, “Oh, this is a rip-off of Wild,” and pass it by. You would be missing out on a story that shares the barest of similarities with that oh-so-famous book – “woman heals herself emotionally and spiritually by taking a long hike” – but is absolutely original. Even more, I found this book to be highly engaging, and really uplifting, though, forgive me, I will remain an armchair hiker. If you read only one personal transformation memoir this year, make it Return to Glow. After reading it, I felt closer to my own glow, even without the physical pilgrimage. Goes well with roasted chicken and vegetables and a glass of wine.
If you loved Cheryl Strayed's Wild you will love this book.
This is a warm, personal tale of a woman walking solo to heal, of loving Italy, and the process of reigniting her inner glow. The author found herself unexpectedly alone and ill. Instead of allowing these challenges to overwhelm her she pulled on her walking boots and treked solo for forty days along an old pilgrim route though the Italian countryside. It is a wonderful, educational and insightful read. I looked forward to a new chapter each evening. If you loved Cheryl Strayed's Wild you will love this book. Perhaps more. If you have dreamed of adventure and transformation read this and be inspired. I know I am!
If you have a spirit of adventure or a yearning for Italy, you'll love this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling, insightful memoir of one woman taking control of her life after divorce and illness, and taking on a challenging long-distance trek through Italy that might just lead her back to happiness. If you have a spirit of adventure or a yearning for Italy, you'll love this book.
Wyant's journey is an inspiration...
Chandi Wyant's book about her solo, 265-mile walk through Italy is for anyone who wants to know Italy much more intimately than any guidebooks. Well-versed in the history, art, and culture of Italy, Wyant's journey is an inspiration for any woman who hopes to travel to find herself.
Return to Glow is a beautifully written account of one woman’s desire to prioritize passion like her beloved Italians do.
Return to Glow is a beautifully written account of one woman’s desire to prioritize passion like her beloved Italians do. It made me want to put on my walking shoes and head out into the world. Maybe I’ll make a pilgrimage of my own someday. I hope I find the experience as fulfilling as Chandi did.
An Italophile since her early twenties, and an expert on Italian history, Chandi weaves into her narrative historic anecdotes about the places she visits that make the book all the more captivating.