I write about the intersection of travel and spirituality.
Lori’s New Book
The Soul of the Family Tree:
Ancestors, Stories, and the Spirits We Inherit
From Publishers Weekly: “Erickson details how researching her Norwegian American heritage led to deep personal reflection. . . With a light hand, Erickson invites readers to follow her lead and take some liberties in the search for one’s ‘spiritual DNA.’ … Readers may find themselves ordering their own DNA testing kit upon finishing this.”
From Foreword Reviews: “With her trademark combination of memoir and pilgrimage tale, Erickson alternates between writing a historical study and recording experiential learning. . . The Soul of the Family Tree posits that a spiritual grounding in one’s family history can combat ‘historical amnesia’ and nurture a sense of belonging.”
From the Cedar Rapids Gazette: “In this radiant new book, [Erickson] brings a light heart, an old soul and a deep understanding to her subject of how tracing our genealogy can deepen our spiritual lives.
Interview on NPR’s Travel with Rick Steves: The Soul of the Family Tree (begins at 13:25)
Interview on the Frommer’s Travel Show: Lori Erickson on genealogical travel
Interview on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa: What genealogy and a ‘boring hobby’ can teach us about ourselves
Interview on Extreme Genes: America’s Family History Show: Vikings, the Web of Wyrd, and The Soul of the Family Tree (segment starts at 10:45)
Podcast with Kenyatta Berry of PBS program Genealogy Roadshow: Genealogy as pilgrimage
Family Tree Magazine Podcast: Genealogy and Spirituality
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Lori Erickson finds ancestral spirits
Places I Remember With Lea Lane Podcast: Deep Travels
Episcopal Journal: Author researches family history
Viking Magazine: New Nordic Read Delves into Heritage
Viking Tracks: Genealogy Can Deepen Our Spiritual Lives
Near the Exit
“This book’s journey to spiritual places near and far is worth taking.” Library Journal (starred review)
From a childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to become one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. When she’s not on the road, she lives in Iowa City, Iowa.