I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking

May 24, 2017

My new book I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking is now available. It continues the spiritual and physical journey begun in my earlier book The Day was Made for Walking along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the ancient pilgrimages routes across Europe to Santiago in north-west Spain.

Here is one review:

“Loved this story, so uplifting and encouraging. Beautifully written. The people he meets and the places he visits are so well described that you can imagine you are accompanying him on his journey. A gem of a book, keep on walking, Noel, your spirit shines through and reaches out to us. An absolute treasure!”                                                                                          -Alison Lewis, author Seasons of Life and Missing.

To order a copy, go to my website http://www.noelbraun.com.au

 

I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking

May 24, 2017

My new book I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking is now available. It continues my physical and spiritual journey along the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage routes which make their way across Europe to Santiago in the north west of Spain. Here is one review:

“Loved this story, so uplifting and encouraging. Beautifully written. The people he meets and the places he visits are so well  described that you can imagine him on his journey. A gem of a book, keep on walking, Noel, your spirit shines through and reaches out to us. An absolute treasure!”  Alison Lewis, author Seasons of Life and Missing.

To order a copy, go to my website: http://www.noelbraun.com.au

My latest book

February 7, 2017

I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking

February 6, 2017

Noel Braun

This is the front cover of my latest book I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking soon to be available from my website http://www.noelbraun.com.au  My Camino journey and search for meaning continues.

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I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking

February 6, 2017

This is the front cover of my latest book I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking soon to be available from my website http://www.noelbraun.com.au  My Camino journey and search for meaning continues.

New Book on the Way

December 5, 2016

It’s been nearly three years since my last book The Day was Made for Walking. I’ve been very pleased with its reception. I’ve received many emails from readers thanking me. That book was about my physical and spiritual journeys walking the Camino de Santiago through France and Spain. Since then, I have walked two more Camino routes through France and Portugal. These latter journeys are the subject matter of my new book, currently with the publisher and hopefully available early next year. Thanks to everyone who read and enjoyed my earlier books. They are available on my website http://www.noelbraun.com.au

My books are available via my website

May 11, 2014

On the road to Lescar-cropped If you are interested in ordering The Day was Made for Walking or one of my other books, go to my website http://www.noelbraun.com.au

The Day was Made for Walking – Reviews

March 26, 2014

Noel Braun is a remarkable man. The loss of his wife signified a great change in his life and instead of dropping his bundle, he devised ways to negate his feelings of grief and loss.

He is a man I would call a hero. He’s not a great sports star, actor or celebrity, but in my eyes he tackled his problems head on and has written of his journey in a sincere and honest way. Reading about his pilgrimage across France and Spain is a humbling experience. 

John Morrow’s Pick of the Week

 

Author Noel Braun’s prose is beautiful. In his book he pours out his emotions, his life story and his observations of life without reserve and with honesty.

I want to follow his footsteps – light the candles in stone chapels, share the bread and cheese, be inspired by the uplifting wayside graffiti, drink in the wonder, and rejoice at the tapestry of nature and resilient human spirit.

If any reader is not inspired by this book, by  this man’s humble and amazing achievements – you’re probably dead already.

Wendy O’Hanlon Acres Australia

The Day was Made for Walking

December 8, 2013

img384My new book The Day Was Made for Walking is subtitled Searching for Meaning on the Camino de Santiago. The blurb on the back cover is as follows:

Noel Braun yearns to walk the Camino, the ancient pilgrimage route that leads across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Since the suicide of Maris, his beloved wife of forty-two years, he has struggled to find himself. But is it pure madness? He’s an old bloke. At seventy-seven-years, he should be sensible, act his age and relax in a rocking chair. Can his body and spirit withstand the demands? Can he leave family and friends behind? Noel believes this is a journey he MUST undertake. It’s a compulsion, a spiritual quest of self-discovery, an urgent need to commune with the world around and beyond him.
When Noel begins his journey, he discovers it’s not just the rigorous demands of the physical world he must answer. The territory of the heart and soul has its own challenges, which have him searching for spiritual and emotional insights. His travels are interwoven with accounts of the many engaging characters he meets. In time he realises he himself is one of the Camino’s characters.
The Day Was Made for Walking merges the spiritual with the physical, the ancient with the contemporary. It is a memoir, but also a glimpse into history and a travel guide.

Go to my website http://www.noelbraun.com.au to order this or my other books.

No Way to behave at a Funeral -review

May 2, 2012

I found this review on the website of the American Association of Suicidality:

No Way to Behave at a Funeral is one of the most, revealing stories I’ve read about loss by suicide. Everyone’s story is unique, but the survivor can hardly omit or exaggerate some detail every time they tell it. We’ve all done it. I believe the body and soul can only take so much stress, guilt or regret. So when we tell our story, we often gloss over some things. This book, however, does not.

Braun’s courage was impressive in the face of his wife’s suicide, which occurred only days before their son’s wedding. Her warning signs could not have been more obvious. His feelings of guilt leap from the first several pages, leaving the reader with a knowing kind of dread; the old hindsight is 20/20 adage. Braun’s wife, Maris, wa a survivor of suicide herself; her two sisters suffered the same fate. She had been treated for depression for years and she had a plan, which she casually mentioned to her husband just prior to her death. I had tears in my eyes as I read the account of her last days. I could see how the author had analized and agonized over every last clue and beat himself with guilt. He described it as “an awful battle that began to rage beneath.” As the shock immediately, sadly, wore off, his mind went straight to the guilt stage. He asks himself, “which was worse, guilt or grief? I’m not sure. Take one serving of regret mixed with a heavy dose of guilt and you get the bleakest cocktail of mental pain guaranteed to blight the strongest.” Well said.

How do you survive this type of loss? Literally, how do you get up in the morning? Braun tells us. He chronicles every day of his first couple years and spares no detail. He muses on his future; he reflects on his past. He mourns squeezing fresh orange juice for only himself after Maris’ death. It’s the little pains, the little details and remembrances that he puts on paper that truly resonate with other suicide survivors. He tells the horror of picking up his wife’s car when the police say they are through with it. He can’t even bear to trim a tree his wife planted. He knows he will be able to face these minutiae of life later, but not immediately after his loss. He takes good care of himself and he leans on his children when he needs to. He serves as a wonderful role model for us all.

Besides his soul-baring struggle with guilt, he touches on a subject rarely spoken of in spousal loss; sex. What do you do with those memories, that loss, that need? He describes his persoanl pain in this area and decides not to pursue dating, at least not for a long while.

Braun does not allow the rest of his life to go to waste. He summons up the energy to unearth his forgotten writing projects and amazingly finishes them. He has his fist novel published. He does more than survive; he accomplishes things again. This is the primary message of the book; your life isn’t over after a suicide loss. You can smile again and you are still meaningful to this world.

At the risk of stereotyping, Braun’s candour might seem uncommon coming from a man. I would have loved to have had this book for my father after my mother’s suicide, which is one reason why this book is needed.

Ginny Sparrow