The Core of Johnny Appleseed by Ray Silverman
The Unknown Story of a Spiritual Trailblazer

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Recent biographies of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, have portrayed him as anything from a schizophrenic wandering ascetic to a hedonistic pleasure-seeker. But who was the real man behind the misconceptions?

In this spiritual biography, Ray Silverman explores the stories and the popular misconceptions about Johnny Appleseed as well as the truths behind the legends. As a businessman, Chapman owned nineteen nurseries and twenty other land holdings throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana, brokering deals that belie the popular image of him as a wandering nomad with a tin pot on his head. But it is only once we talk about Chapman’s spiritual convictions that we come to the core of who he was: a thoughtful and also joyful Christian who was deeply moved by the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.

The picture that emerges is of a lighthearted person whose convictions led him to seek harmony not only in nature but in the spiritual realms also—and to share his bounty with as many people as he could.

About Ray Silverman

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Ray Silverman is the author of Rise Above It: Spiritual Development through the Ten Commandments (co-authored with his wife, Star) and the editor of Helen Keller's spiritual autobiography Light in My Darkness. More recently, he authored the introduction for the stand-alone edition of Helen Keller's inspirational essay How I Would Help the World. Ray has a PhD from the University of Michigan, an MAT from Wesleyan University, and an MDiv from the Academy of the New Church Theological School. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Religion, English, and Moral Philosophy at Bryn Athyn College, and is an adjunct instructor at Urbana University, the home of the Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum, and the Chapman School of Leadership in Sustainability.Nancy Poes was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and received a BA in history from the University of California Berkeley. She studied illustration at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Since 2006, she has lived and painted in Santa Fe after twenty years in Hawaii and extensive time in Portugal. Her work is part of many international public, corporate, and private collections.
Published October 1, 2012 by Swedenborg Foundation Publishers. 152 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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The author (Rise Above It: Spiritual Development through the Ten Commandments) explores the man and the myth of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) in history, telling quite a tale. Far beyond the Walt Di

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Silverman also outlines the basic story that most of us are familiar with, how Chapman planted thousands of apple trees in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana as a way to preserve apple species and help farmers on the American frontier feed themselves, their families, and their communities.

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