More About Lori Erickson

From a childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to travel the world searching for holy sites. She’s fascinated by the intersection between spirituality and travel. In addition to Every Step Is Home, The Soul of the Family Tree, Near the Exit and Holy Rover, she’s written several other travel-related books and more than a thousand articles for national and regional publications, including the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, Woman’s Day, and Better Homes & Gardens.

Lori is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Midwest Travel Journalists Association. For more information about Lori and her work, visit her website Lori Erickson, subscribe to her monthly newsletter, or follow her on Facebook.

Praise for Lori’s books:

“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 Holy Rover 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 

Near the Exit is a sublime exploration of how we all can face our own demise with grace and humor.”  – Foreword Reviews

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


“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.” – Foreword Reviews


“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)



Bob Sessions (photo by Lori Erickson)


Lori’s traveling companion and photographer is her husband, Bob Sessions. Bob is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Follow him on Instagram at bob.sessions.


All the photographs and text on this site are copyrighted by Lori Erickson/Bob Sessions, except images in the public domain or those used with permission.  
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