Ron Austin first "wandered purposefully" into Mexico more than fifty years ago, when he produced a documentary on Mexican history for American television. As his acquaintance with Mexico deepened over the next decades, so too did his appreciation for the rich and contradictory impulses of Mexican culture -- and for the beauty of its people and their expressions of faith.
At once guidebook, history, memoir, and tribute, Austin's Peregrino
engagingly explores the spiritual and cultural heart of Catholic Mexico. Though once merely a tourist peering in -- a stranger to this distinctive faith and culture -- Austin, now a devout Catholic and part-year resident of Mexico, writes with respect, affection, and deep understanding as he invites us as fellow pilgrims -- peregrinos
-- to regard both Mexico and our own cultures of faith in a new light.
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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Catholic Press Association, Second Place, History (2011)
— author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America
"A most extraordinary sort of travel book through the spiritual heart of Mexico. Ron Austin is scholarly and personal, opinionated and loving, detailed and expansive in his excursion. That this journey ends with faith is as fine a conclusion that I can imagine for this modern pilgrim's excellent guided tour through the Mexican Catholic soul."