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Emily Dobberstein


Emily Dobberstein is a writer, community organizer, backpacker, and world traveler based in Asheville, North Carolina. Emily is an advocate of radical vulnerability and authenticity, and she is dedicated to fostering spaces where everyone belongs and all are welcome at the table.

Emily is the author of the recently-published travel memoir, The Courage to Go. In the midst of thrilling storytelling of adventures while living out of her car, backpacking, and hiking in many national parks in the Western United States, she seamlessly integrates her internal dialogue filled with hard questions, spiritual transformation, and divine transcendence. By sharing her musings on wonder, grief, womanhood, healing, and her Christian faith deconstruction, Emily invites us all to reconsider where we come from and challenges us to plunge forward courageously into our own great unknown.

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