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Every Step is Home Book Review

Every Step Is Home: A Spiritual Geography from Appalachia to Alaska
I was gifted this book by NetGalley in exchange for a review. Every opinion is my own!

From Amazon:

Globetrotting travel writer Lori Erickson has long searched for the sacred in locations and cultures far from home as well as in her beloved Iowa. But when the pandemic put both air travel and in-person worship off-limits, Lori and her husband hit the road with a camper in tow to discover spiritual sites and experiences in their own home country.

From the Serpent Mound of Ohio to the Redwoods of California—and, ultimately, by air to see natural wonders in Alaska and Hawaii—Erickson uncovers deep connections both to the lands that now make up the United States and to the elements that have had sacred meaning to people throughout history and across the globe. Through her profound, informative, and witty reflections on the power of stone, water, light, fire, and more, readers will discover new destinations in North America while deepening their own connection to spirit. Whether exploring national parks or visiting holy sites, this book makes for the perfect spiritual companion and guide.

My Take: 

A few years ago, I took a trip to Sedona, Arizona.  It was my second time there. My first trip was when my daughter was very young and we only spent about 8 hours there.  I felt a draw while I was there, my spirit was happy and I began to learn about spiritual contexts that were outside of religion.  When I went the second time, I spent time with people who lived there, who told me their stories about the magical land that was Sedona.

So when I happened upon this author, Lor Erickson, I knew why someone would be compelled to write about sacred places. Her bond with the natural world, finding her spirit not in a building but with nature, reminds me of my own father.  Every Sunday he would go fishing, finding the peace and connection he needed on the water with a rod and reel.  It wasn't a far stretch to imagine someone connecting and communing with nature in a deeply spiritual way. If this sounds like you, then I can fully recommend this book to you.

About the Author:

Lori Erickson is one of America's top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She is the author of The Soul of the Family Tree, Near the Exit (which won a Silver INDIES Award for 2019 Religion Book of the Year from Foreword Reviews), and Holy Rover. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Better Homes & Gardens, among others. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband, Bob Sessions.

Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Westminster John Knox Press (September 5, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0664268323
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0664268329
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches

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