Every Step Is Home
A Spiritual Geography from Appalachia to Alaska
by Lori Erickson
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date Not set
"In this book, Erickson’s steps don’t lead to grand cathedrals but to the transformative, powerful elements supporting
life itself. " - Foreword Reviews
"Travel writer Erickson has written a travelogue about areas of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, that have sacred and spiritual meaning to people now and throughout history . . . Ideal for fans of Erickson’s work, curious readers, armchair travelers, and those who are compelled to take a spiritual pilgrimage." - Library Journal
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.
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Every Step Is Home by Lori Erickson is a beautiful narrative. It opens up with the spiritual journey of the author through travelling. And not only just travelling to different places for site seeing but with a simple and beautiful purpose. The most remarkable aspect of this book is that the author connects herself with life's basic elements, i.e. Dirt, Air, Mounds, Trees, Caves, Water, Animals, Northern lights, etc.
Each chapter opens the doors of wisdom to the reader gained through travelling to different sacred and ancient sites. The author doesn’t stop here. She astonishes the reader with her amazing knowledge of the scientific explanation of all these life elements. The book makes the reader understand how, by simply connecting with these basic elements of life, you can have inner peace and balance.
Apart from that, the reader also enjoys the beautiful chemistry between the author and her husband Bob, who always accompanies her through her spiritual journey from Appalachia to Alaska. From the agony of staying home with COVID-19 restrictions to Lori’s love for the water, and Bob’s open resistance is very sweetly narrated. There are photos before each chapter, which are mostly taken by the author’s husband. It shows Bob’s keen interest in photography.
The title of the book Every Step Is Home is simple, yet holds depth in it. With even just the title, the reader’s curiosity to give read to this amazing book increases.
Another beautiful thing the reader feels through the narration is Lori’s attachment to her mom and how she tries to convert her pain of losing her into positive spiritual energy. Her visit to the church, the connection with dirt and ashes and various references to other people’s experiences, are astounding.
The language throughout the book is simple and very approachable to the reader. All these chapters have so much to deliver that one gets lost in the pages and willingly takes a spiritual journey along with the author. I will like the readers to go through this experience on their own and feel that level of peace and balance which Lori keeps talking about throughout the book. Every Step Is Home is a soul healer and is recommended for a general audience. Well done Lori.
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