I write about the intersection of travel and spirituality.

Coming August 24

The Soul of the Family Tree:

Ancestors, Stories, and the Spirits We Inherit

Amazon; WJK Books

Advance Praise:

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.”


Excerpt in the Toronto Star and Telegraph Asia: Tracing my ancestral roots, I travelled to the only authenticated Viking site in North America

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)

Near the Exit

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

Holy Rover

“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.