American Pilgrimage by Mark Ogilbee
Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Destinations

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Americans love to travel, many for vacation and pleasure. Others, however, travel to seek a connection with the spiritual in a particular place; they are on pilgrimage. Although America does not have the wealth of ancient and famous spiritual centers that you'll find in the Holy Land, Europe, or in some other parts of the world, the United States does have vital centers of pilgrimage---with a uniquely American flavor.

In this book, readers will learn the ins and outs of these distinctively American places of spiritual meaning and purpose. Readers will discover everything from a traditional walking pilgrimage to a small adobe chapel in Chimayo, New Mexico, prayers offered at the Shrine of St. Jude in Chicago, jam-packed football stadiums at a Billy Graham Crusade (a pilgrimage that travels to you), Benedictine retreat centers, and other, more uniquely American places such as Graceland and San Juan Capistrano, California. This unique guide explores where, how, and why Americans set out to find the holy in the spiritual landscape that is their own backyard.

About Mark Ogilbee

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Mark Ogilbee has knelt in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, shivered in the cold atop Mt. Sinai at sunrise, and has walked the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France. He holds an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary and now lives in Vermont, where he is a writer and editor. Jana Riess, PhD, is the Religion Book Review Editor for "Publishers Weekly" magazine and is also the author of "The Spiritual Traveler: Boston and New England" (HiddenSpring) and "What Would Buffy Do?: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide" (Jossey-Bass). She holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University. She is frequently interviewed by the media on trends in religion and publishing. A convert to the LDS Church, Riess has spoken at Brigham Young University Women's Conference and other Mormon gatherings, as well as professional conferences. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and daughter. Christopher Kimball Bigelow is the great-great-great-grandson of a Mormon apostle who had more than 40 wives. He served an LDS mission in Melbourne, Australia, and worked as an editor at the LDS Church's official "Ensign" magazine. A graduate of Emerson College and Brigham Young University, Bigelow cofounded and edited the Mormon literary magazine "Irreantum" and the satirical Mormon newspaper "The Sugar Beet," and he's working on a memoir and a novel. A Hodgkin's disease survivor and the oldest of ten siblings, he lives with his wife and four children in Provo, Utah. You can reach him at
Published June 1, 2006 by Paraclete Press. 207 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Riess, author of The Spiritual Traveler and PW 's religion book review editor, and writer/editor Ogilbee reveal 11 American hot spots for the spiritually inclined, organized into four themes: healing, hospitality, boundary-crossing and modern "saint" devotionals.

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