Skip to content

Rob Lilwall - Walking Home From Mongolia

(Hodder £13.99) ISBN 978-1-444-74528-3

Adventurer and Christian Rob Lilwall's previous book Cycling Home From Siberia proved a fun and thought-provoking read, charting his journey back to London through 28 countries including Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, and Iran.

So I was looking forward to his latest, subtitled 'Ten Million steps through China, from the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea'. I'm a bit of a sucker for a travel book, particularly when it mixes road trip, exposure to vastly different cultures and a bit of spiritual discovery.

Rob's latest doesn't disappoint on the first two counts, mixing a relationship tale as he and cameraman Leon grapple with each other's company on a 3000-mile test of endurance, with a voyage of discovery through the heart of China. The chapters are short and punchy, there's an unfolding story which keeps you gripped, and the insights into a vastly changing country are fascinating.

My only slight disappointment was the spiritual insights were brief, and Rob's own faith doesn't feature as strongly as I'd hoped. It's still a very readable book which entertains, informs and makes you think, but a little more faith content wouldn't have gone amiss.

Russ Bravo

Get more inspiring reading

You can order our printed INSPIRE magazine in bundles of 10 for your church. Get encouraged by stories of God at work in the UK and around the world – and it's great for giving away to those on the edge of church, too! Order FREE* for your church (*we welcome an annual donation towards our costs).


Join the discussion