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Meet the Author

November 16, 2023
11:30 am

Lori Erickson | Every Step is Home: A Spiritual Geography from Appalachia to Alaska

@ Plymouth Church – 4126 Ingersoll Avenue

NOTE:  Plymouth Church hosts a lunch and author talk featuring globetrotting travel writer Lori Erickson.  The event is open to the public.  Participants are kindly asked to register via email to Karen Downing (  Beaverdale Books will have books available for purchase and signing.

Writer Lori Erickson has long searched for the sacred in locations and cultures far from home as well as in her beloved Iowa. But when the pandemic put both air travel and in-person worship off -limits, Erickson and her husband hit the road with a camper in tow to discover spiritual sites and experiences in their own home country. From the Serpent Mound of Ohio to the Redwoods of California, Erickson uncovers deep connections both to the lands that now make up the United States and to the elements that have had sacred meaning to people throughout history and across the globe.

“Lori Erickson’s Every Step Is Home illuminates our spiritual connection to the natural world. Her ‘pilgrimage of the heart’ reminds us that our future depends most of all on that connection.”   —Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

“Using the author’s model of curiosity, wonder, and mindful attention, readers will be inspired to undergo their own spiritual quests to sacred sites near and far.”   —Beth Norcross, Executive Director, The Center for Spirituality in Nature

“In this book, Erickson’s steps don’t lead to grand cathedrals but to the transformative, powerful elements supporting life itself.”
Foreword Reviews 

“A travelogue about areas of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, that have sacred and spiritual meaning to people,
now and throughout history. . .. Ideal for fans of Erickson’s work, curious readers, armchair travelers, and those who are compelled to take a spiritual pilgrimage.”   —Library Journal


About the Author


Lori Erickson is one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She is the author of The Soul of the Family Tree, Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper (which won a Silver INDIES Award for 2019 Religion Book of the Year from Foreword Reviews) and Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Better Homes & Gardens, among others. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband.


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