The story of a prodigal daughter's wanderings from the mountains of Afghanistan to the wilderness of Canada.
As a young adult, Judy Williams de Chantal left her job in the Pacific Northwest to spend a year traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia with a close friend from Canada. But being arrested in Turkey was not on her original itinerary—neither was the quiet French Canadian she was arrested with—nor the “American-speak” dentist who happened to be on jury duty. Nor were pretty much all the conclusions Judy eventually arrived at on her journey.
Significant Journey chronicles the adventures of one woman—jean clad and gypsy-footed, who survived on five dollars a day, a Mars bar, and a chunk of cheese for dinner as she traveled around the globe and unwittingly back into the arms of a Father she thought she left behind. A prodigal daughter in a Volkswagen van, it didn't matter how far she drove—Afghanistan, Greece, Iran, or even into the wilderness of western Canada—Judy sensed God’s hand of protection at the end of every road she traveled.
Judy Williams de Chantal was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up on Wrangell Island in Southeastern Alaska. She graduated from Auburn Adventist Academy in 1958 and Walla Walla University in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She worked in public health and school nursing in Maryland and the Puget Sound area of Washington for several years.
After the events in this book, she and her husband settled on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where they raised their family on a farm full of sheep, goats, and horses.
She has always been interested in writing from an early age. During her senior year in high school, she was the editor of the school paper. She went on to write humorous articles for Public Health and Tennessee Walking Horse Publications and has had a couple of stories published in Christian publications for young people.
Hiking, bike riding, reading, oil painting, knitting, and designing children’s clothing are a few of her hobbies. Her oil paintings have sold through galleries and through her Web site (http://www.gypsysong.net/) to customers from Japan to Israel.
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Posted by Lona on 19th May 2011
I haven't read a book from beginning to end for a long time, but I really did not want to put this one down. I loved it!
She has a wonderful way of capturing the moment and making you feel like you are with her on this journey.
It is also a wonderful reminder of God's constant love and how he is always watching over us!
Posted by Inge Christian Houck on 18th May 2011
Almost impossible to put this book down; I read it in two sittings. It had me on the edge of my seat, page after page, with gripping descriptions of adventure and danger.
Posted by Lorena Jeske on 11th May 2011
This book by my academy classmate is a testimony to the greatness of God's forever love. Judy shares adventures, challenges and inner-stirrings of her thoughts while on this journey through Europe and back to North America. This book was an enjoyable and great read.
Posted by John McPeek on 29th Apr 2011
It's the early 1970's & we're treated to an exciting journey around Europe, the exotic lands of the Middle East, all the way to Afghanistan in a '58 VW van, the "Belly Button Bomb." The odyssey continues with the further intrepid adventures & trials of homesteading in the wilds of British Columbia. I roared with laughter at the border-crossing predicament...
This is a fascinating & well-writen memoir that ultimately delivers what many seek... hope & inspiration.
I hope the author holds-out for a good deal on the 'movie-rights' to 'Significant Journey'...
Fasten your seat belts... This is a page-turner & quite a ride!
Posted by K.K. on 17th Apr 2011
I love to travel, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all the places that Judy went to. She beautifully describes the sights and made me feel like I was there in the van with her. And the photos included in the book are amazing, giving you a visual glimpse into Judy's life.
Her "encounters" with God make you think about your own life and what the Bible means to you in a practical sense.
I couldn't put the book down. It is an excellent read. Highly recommended.
Posted by Jacinthe on 17th Apr 2011
In a word, this is a story of God's constant pursuing of one woman's heart. She ignored Him, felt she could live without Him, but in the end she found Him. Throughout this adventurous story we see glimpses of God--a God who doesn't leave our side. From the exotic caravans of Afghanistan to the wilds of the B.C. Wilderness, God watches over the author. This story is full of adventure, humor, and insight: it is the story of my mother.
Posted by Jannelle Bruns, Owner, Book & Game, Co. on 17th Apr 2011
A Significant Journey takes the reader on a bold and, at times, dangerous ride ranging from Germany to Afghanistan to the wilds of Canada in the early 1970’s. Drive through the Middle East with Judy & Alain as they face physical, political, and spiritual challenges. Surviving freezing weather inside their non-insulated VW van, being shot at by Turkish soldiers, and feeling the gentle nudge of God as they travel through the lands described in the Bible are only a few of the adventures they will face as Judy searches for something she doesn’t know she’s looking for. Finally, in the wilds of Canada, Judy and Alain discover what they’ve been missing all along.
Following Judy’s journey had me, at times, biting my nails, laughing hysterically and cheering excitedly as I raced through the miles of her story.
Posted by Ramon R. Gonzalez, Jr. on 17th Apr 2011
I settled down one evening with a glass of sparkling cider and a few slices of Gruyere anticipating a few hours of pleasant anecdotes written by a long time friend. However, I should have known, this was Judy. I discovered I had to take a deep breath and hold on for the ride.
The stories of her travels through Europe and the Middle East gently describe the changes in her life, while at the same time artfully painting for us the places and peoples we shall never see. Finally, seeing how events of her life in Canada helped her develop a renewed, deep love of her God, in parallel with discovery of her love for Alain, make us rejoice with her.
This is a wonderfully, honest chronicle of her rediscovery, conviction and acceptance of the Lord she had put on the shelf. It is well written and engaging, hard to put down.
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