I write about the intersection of travel and spirituality.

Lori’s New Book

Every Step Is Home:

A Spiritual Geography from Appalachia to Alaska

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A Sampling of Reviews & Media

“Ideal for fans of Erickson’s work, curious readers, armchair travelers, and those who are compelled to take a spiritual pilgrimage.” Library Journal

“Erickson, who is always good company, contends that humans are designed to move, and her highly readable, thought-provoking pilgrimage is proof positive of that elemental fact. The peripatetic will rejoice.” —Booklist (American Library Association)

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

“A beautiful successor to Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and Kerouac’s On the Road, 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 Last Child in the Woods and Our Wild Calling.

Interview with Foreword Reviews“I think the holy is just waiting to sneak in under a door or through an open window. We just need to give it a little help sometimes.”

Interview with Iowa Public Radio: Spiritual Sites Worth Visiting in North America

Interview on the Frommer’s Travel Show: Spiritual Sites Across the United States

Publishers Weekly featured Every Step Is Home in an article on how publishers are trying to appeal to spiritual seekers of all kinds: Publishers Are Seeking Spiritual Seekers.

Cedar Rapids Gazette: In Her Element: Travel Writer Lori Erickson’s New Book Finds the Spirit All Around Her Outdoors

Places I Remember Podcast: Discovering Sacred Natural Sites, Experiences in the U.S.

Iowa Connections: Every Step Is Home Expands the Ground for Spiritual Encounters

Word & Way: Review: Every Step Is Home

Previous Books:

“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.’” Publishers Weekly

“This book’s journey to spiritual places near and far is worth taking.” Library Journal (starred review)

“Whether describing mystical visions or the rhythms of everyday life, Erickson turns the spiritual journey into a series of exciting transformations.” Publishers Weekly (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.