About the book

Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis
By James Twyman

“What a lovely, heart-warming story! I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading.” —Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, bestselling author of Francis: The Journey and the Dream

Anna, an Italian immigrant living in Portland, OR, was shunned from her hometown of Assisi at age 16. She vowed she would never return to the family who cast her away, but one day while browsing a bookstore, a guide to the Camino of St. Francis falls from a shelf and knocks her on the head. Reluctantly, she answers the call to return to Italy and walks in the steps of the humble Saint in an attempt to reconcile the wounds of her past.

Arriving in La Verna, Anna’s heart is hard and her defenses are high. It is then that she meets a young stranger named Giovanni, who seems to show up during her moments of greatest need (including a tumble down a steep hill into a ravine). The two begin walking in the footsteps of St. Francis together, Anna finds her heart softening as she listens to Giovanni’s parables—and begins to observe the miracles that surround them wherever they go.

Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis • ISBN: 9781582706979 • Retail Price: $16.00 • Format: Paperback

Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis is a beautiful awakening to the mysterious forces of love deeply at work in our lives; if only we overcome the stories of who we think we are, and trust the divine impulses in our hearts. When we let go of believing we know anyone or anything completely, healing happens.” —Sonia Choquette, New York Times bestselling author of The Answer is Simple: Love Yourself, Live Your Spirit!

“James Twyman’s delightful tale of a woman’s journey on the Way of St. Francis weaves poignant themes of trust, belonging, reconciliation, and identity. Simply and powerfully, he captures the transformative impact of a pure heart and reminds us of the joys of living for love.” —Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, author of The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity

“James Twyman takes us on a powerful journey in Giovanni and Camino of St. Francis, by walking us through a story that will transform you and your life. The lessons of authentic trust, surrender, gratitude, and personal transformation will lead you to finding your own spiritual path. Take the journey within and step into a new future.” —Dr. Joe Dispenza, New York Times bestselling author of You are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter

“I love this book! Follow your heart into the forest and clear mountain air to find the key to remembering who you are. Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis is an inspiring, uplifting story of forgiveness, healing, and new beginnings. This beautiful book by James Twyman is like the Camino he takes you on: there are surprises, gems, and discoveries around every bend and with every step and on every page, a journey of inner discovery.” —Lisa Natoli, creator of the 40-Day Program for Transformation

“Life is meant to be an invigorating adventure, a revealing, revitalizing, and reinvigorating journey of many discoveries. Any pilgrim walking a camino of life and faith becomes intimately aware of the precious steps of their journey; simple daily encounters become profound spiritual realizations. James Tywman, has walked this pilgrimage as a troubadour of peace. Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis brings one on a camino of faith, step-by -step, into the face of the God, as one seeks the intimacy of one’s own soul. Anna, who has given up on God, learns from Giovanni, the openness of a heart that she has long sought and found. The path that Anna and Giovanni walk is in the life and steps of the beloved herald and patron of peace, St. Francis of Assisi. Walk with these two souls in their adventurous journey, and you will find your own heart held in the wonder of discovery” —Fr. Larry Gosselin, OFM, author of I Have Been Waiting for You: A Personal and Spiritual Journey with Saint Theresa of Calcutta