Anna swore she would never go back to her hometown of Assisi; but a serendipitous encounter with a book draws her back to walk the Italian Camino of St. Francis. There, she meets a mysterious stranger who may hold the key to healing her wounded spirit.
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.
"I couldn't put this book down once I started reading." -- Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM "Bestselling Author of Francis: The Journey and the Dream"
"Giovanni and The Camino Of St. Frances 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 best -selling 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"
James Twyman is the author of sixteen books including the NY Times Bestseller The Moses Code. Known as the Peace Troubadour, James has been invited by world leaders and peace organizations to perform the Peace Concert in countries like Iraq, Croatia, Bosnia and South Africa, often while wars or conflicts raged around him. During many of these trips he drew millions of people together to pray for peace during worldwide peace meditations. James has produced and/or directed seven feature films including award winners Indigo and Redwood Highway, and has produced twelve music CD's including the "I AM Wishes Fulfilled Meditation" (with Dr. Wayne Dyer) which was a Billboard Charts #1 bestseller. He also was the founder of The Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking, which has ordained over 600 ministers from around the world. He currently lives in Ajijic, Mexico and is the director of the Namaste Lake Chapala spiritual community.