Interviews With Friends Who Have Walked the Camino

rev. Bill Miller

Bill Miller walked the Camino Portuguese in the Summer of 2018. Bill is the Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, Louisiana. He is the author of The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God, and The Gospel According to Sam.

Dr. Margaret Benefiel

Margaret Benefiel is the Executive Director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the author of The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Success and Fulfillment and Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations. Prior to leading the Shalem Institute, Margaret was a professor at Andover-Newton Theological School, where she and I met when I was serving a church near Boston.

Ryan parker

Ryan works in the film industry in Los Angeles. He completed his PhD in Religion and the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, with a focus on film and religion, particularly the history of religious cinema and contemporary independent religious films. He is the author of Cinema as Pulpit: Sherwood Pictures and the Church Film Movement, the co-editor of and contributor to Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred, and a contributor to Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology through Film and The Undead and Theology.

Bibliography and Resources


Hiking and journeys


  • I’ll Push You: A Camino Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair documentary movie (Website, Apple, Amazon)

  • The Way movie with Martin Sheen (Apple, Amazon)

  • Six Ways to Santiago documentary movie (Website, Amazon, Apple)

Following the journeys of six modern-day pilgrims as they cope with blisters, exhaustion, and loneliness, "Walking the Camino" explores the universal themes of this physically challenging, spiritually nourishing, and profoundly enlightening journey. While each of the six pilgrims walks the Camino for different reasons and with varied backgrounds, they each experience personal triumphs over their own doubts and fears.

I’ll Push You: A Camino Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair documentary movie. I'll Push You is a story of friendship and love, a story of hope and sacrifice, a story that explores the raw, deep human condition and the connections we all long for. The Camino de Santiago serves as a backdrop to the lives of Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray. I'll Push You provides insight into what it means to live for one another, what it means to overcome limitations, and what it means to push one another toward who we each long to be.

The Way. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.