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The Appleseed Journal Paperback – January 12, 2015
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Thank you so very much for you ever living words Johnny Appleseed and thank you Dr. Bitkoff for bring these words to light again!
It's about time that a biography of Appleseed were written to capture this little-known facet of his life; but while The Appleseed Journal is a story of spirituality and enlightenment as much as a chronicle of one man's wanderings and calling, and is recommended for any who wondered about the persona and impact of the man in his 1800s world, it would not have come to exist without a chance discovery by the author.
This spiritual fictionalized story begins with a weathered sack, a blue tin box, and an old manuscript after excavating a failed swimming pool from his back yard, discovered to be written by one John Chapman (popularly known as Johnny Appleseed). The author researched the relationship between Appleseed and spiritual leader Emmanuel Swedenborg, coming to understand their spiritual connections and influences - and these facts are incorporated in a story line based around Appleseed's wanderings.
That this is a major facet in the life of a man who today is primarily known for his apple seedlings is astonishing.
Anyone could have produced a biography of Appleseed's life based on Internet research. The fact that this collection of fictionalized stories are driven by Appleseed's own writings makes it an extraordinary piece that deserves a place in any collection serious about spiritual writings in general or Appleseed's life and philosophy in particular. Its lively passion should attract a wide audience.
I found myself asking; "Is this real? Is it true? Did Dr. Bitkoff really find a journal from John Chapman?" Then as if at once I was answered; "does it matter?" The celebration of simplicity and tenacity is what this work meant for me. It doesn't matter where the idea came from for it is obvious it was a gift from "Spirit" to the imagination planted so it might grow into a tree in your heart and stir your own imagination.
This is what a story should do. Isn't it? Food for thought.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy all of Stewart Bitkoff's books- so easy to read and thought provoking...very interesting story about Johnny Appleseed.Published 16 months ago by Barbara
The story of Johnny Appleseed spreading words of wisdom along with his apples is delightful and inspiring. Enjoyed it very much.Published 16 months ago by Ramon Aizarna
The story at first sight appears to be a collection of random thoughts and ideas, but by the close, the book comes together in one's mind in a most intriguing way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julian Hadlow
This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in getting a handle on the core truths that one can sometimes discern behind all of the world religions. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Berlin
This is yet another winner from Stewart Bitkoff. It's an enjoyable book that has a wonderful message while also being a definite page-turner.Published 18 months ago by Anthony R. Michalski