Books

The Soul of the Family Tree

“Erickson takes us on a time-traveling pilgrimage to Newfoundland, Norway, Iceland, and even Istanbul in search of her spiritual DNA. Guided by her Viking foremother Gudrid the Far Traveler, Erickson discovers the well of wisdom by the roots of every family tree . . .and celebrates the explorer in all of us.” Nancy Marie Brown, author of The Far Traveler and The Real Valkyrie

“This truly entertaining book should be on the shelf of everyone who is interested in family history, genealogy, or who has ever wondered, ‘Where do I come from, really?'” June Melby, author of My Family and Other Hazards

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Lori Erickson’s new book explores her Scandinavian roots and the spiritual lessons of genealogy.

Near the Exit

“Our expert tour guide has arrived. Erickson takes us on a colorful journey of the world’s sacred death rituals and destinations. Pack your bags; this is a must-read trip on death—and life.” J. Dana Trent, author of Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

“Open-hearted and soulful, never morbid, and often uplifting, Near the Exit is a colorful travelogue of mortality. I’ve read many books on illness and dying; few have made me smile as often and see the uniquely human richness of the final chapters of life.”—Ira Byock, author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible 

After her brother died unexpectedly and her mother moved into a dementia care facility, Lori Erickson felt called to explore places that could teach her about mortality. From the Valley of the Kings in Egypt to her mother’s nursing home, she learns that one of the most life-affirming things we can do is to invite death along for the ride.

Holy Rover

“Reading Holy Rover is like hitting the lotto of a road-trip with Anne Lamott, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Elizabeth Gilbert—one filled with intoxicating conversations, exciting discoveries, and plenty of spiritual rule-breaking.” –River Jordan, author of Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit

“The writing is so good that you’ll speed through this book and wish it didn’t end. Add the perfect touch of humor, and you won’t realize how much serious ground historically and theologically you’ve covered. Read it with pleasure.” Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Ageless Soul

In this memoir told through trips to a dozen holy sites around the world, Lori Erickson explores the transformative power of pilgrimage. Holy Rover describes travels that changed her life–and can change yours too.

Additional Travel Books

Iowa: Off the Beaten Path

A journey along the highways and byways of Lori’s home state.

The Joy of Pilgrimage

A reflection on spiritual travels.

Sweet Corn & Sushi

This bilingual book in English and Japanese was chosen as the 2004 Iowa Children’s Book of the Year and given to 40,000 children.

The Mighty Mississippi: A Traveler’s Guide

A guide to the attractions, lore and history of America’s greatest river.