From her childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to travel the world as a writer specializing in holy sites-journeys that led her on an ever-deepening spiritual quest. In Holy Rover, she weaves her personal narrative with descriptions of a dozen pilgrimages.
Her trips give Erickson the chance to reflect on her Lutheran upbringing, her flirtation with Wicca, and her admiration for Tibetan Buddhism. A trip to the healing shrine of Lourdes is intertwined with the story of her son's serious illness as a baby, while visiting Thoreau's Walden Pond blends with ruminations on being a writer.
Along the way, Erickson encounters spiritual leaders who include the chief priest of the Icelandic pagan religion of Asatru, a Trappist monk at Thomas Merton's Gethsemani Abbey, and a Lakota retreat director at South Dakota's Bear Butte.
Both irreverent and devout, Holy Rover includes images of holy sites around the world taken by several of the nation's leading travel photographers.
Travel writer, Episcopal deacon, and author of the Holy Rover blog at Patheos, Erickson is an engaging guide for pilgrims eager to take a spiritual journey. Her book describes travels that changed her life-and can change yours, too.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: A Farmer's Daughter on the Bank of the Nile xi
Chapter 1 Among the Lutherans 1
Pilgrimage: Martin Luther Sites in Germany
Chapter 2 Drawing Down the Moon 19
Pilgrimage: On the Trail of Elves in Iceland
Chapter 3 Writing My Way Around the World 39
Pilgrimage: At Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts
Chapter 4 Of Healing and Miracles 59
Pilgrimage: The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France
Chapter 5 In the Light of Stained Glass Windows 77
Pilgrimage: Jerusalem and Galilee in Israel
Chapter 6 The Mystics and Mary 97
Pilgrimage: The Temple of Artemis and House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey
Chapter 7 Following a Call 113
Pilgrimage: With Thomas Merton in Kentucky
Chapter 8 Wise Women Wisdom 131
Pilgrimage: Along the Rhine with Hildegard of Bingen in Germany
Chapter 9 In the Valley of the Shadow 149
Pilgrimage: Machu Picchu in Peru
Chapter 10 Becoming a Bear 171
Pilgrimage: Bear Butte in South Dakota
Chapter 11 Not Always So 189
Pilgrimage: Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple in Bloomington, Indiana
Chapter 12 The Church of God's Odds and Ends 209
Pilgrimage: Iona in Scotland
Epilogue: Visions 227