Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God

Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God

by Lori Erickson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506420714
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 576,020
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lori Erickson is one of the country's top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She has published more than one thousand articles in national and regional publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, and House Beautiful.

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

Acknowledgments 233

Endnotes 237

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