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

Publisher: Fortress
Copyright: 2017

A memoir about the transformative power of travel told through trips to a dozen holy sites around the world.



OfftheBeatenPathIowa: Off the Beaten Path 

Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Copyright: 2017

A journey along the highways and byways of my home state, from the Bridges of Madison County to the Loess Hills.


TheJoyofPilgrimageThe Joy of Pilgrimage 

Publisher: Resurrection Press
Copyright: 2007

A reflection on the meaning of spiritual travel through descriptions of pilgrimages around the world, including Lourdes in France, Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and Iona in Scotland.


SweetCorn and SushiSweet Corn and Sushi 

Publisher: McMillen Publishing
Copyright: 2004

This bilingual book about the sister state relationship between Iowa and Yamanashi, Japan, was chosen as the 2004 Iowa Children’s Book of the Year.


TheMightyMississippiThe Mighty Mississippi: A Traveler’s Guide 

Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Copyright: 1995

A guide to the attractions, lore, and history of America’s greatest river.



I’m also the author of three collections of ghost stories published by Quixote Press in 1987 and 1988: Ghosts of Johnson County, Iowa; Ghosts of Linn County, Iowa; and Ghosts of the Amana Colonies.