Near the Exit


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Westminster John Knox Press
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8.6 X 5.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Lori Erickson is one of America's top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She is the author of Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper (which won a Silver INDIES Award for 2019 Religion Book of the Year from Foreword Reviews) and Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God. 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.


"A helpful reminder that no one escapes this life alive, Lori Ericksonâ (TM)s Near the Exit is a travel text and an act of religious exploration, presenting spiritual meditations from some of the holiest places on Earth....Showing how coping mechanisms and spiritual practices from around the world can be valuable for learning more about our own lives and eventual deaths, Near the Exit is an ideal guidebook to facing the inevitable with religious or spiritual perspective." â "Foreword ReviewsÂ

"This books journey to spiritual places near and far is worth taking."
Library Journal, starred review

Erickson is our expert tour guide as she takes us on a colorful journey of the worlds sacred death rituals and destinations. Her vivid prose is our companion and invitation to the spiritual packing we neednt delay until the night before departure.
J. Dana Trent, author of Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

Near the Exit is not a typical book on death and dying from a Christian perspective. It is an intriguing exploration of late life and death that will sometimes cause you to squirm or to laugh out loud. Always though, it will prompt you to think deeply about what it is to be mortal. Author Lori Erikson fearlessly weaves ancient perspectives and cultural expressions about death gleaned from her own travel experiences into the intimate stories of her mothers life in a nursing home in Iowa. Near the Exit will appeal to anyone who struggles to understand the mystery of death and dying.
Missy Buchanan, advocate, writer, and speaker for older adults

What happens when a gifted travel writer combines her interests in travel, religion, and death? The result is a fascinating book called Near the Exit, with trips to Rome, a Day of the Dead celebration, pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, nursing homes, a Maori ceremony in New Zealand, a farm in Iowa, and more. Beautiful writing about a trip we all will someday take.
Brian D. McLaren, author and activist