Patheos Watermark

You are running a very outdated version of Internet Explorer. Patheos and most other websites will not display properly on this version. To better enjoy Patheos and your overall web experience, consider upgrading to the current version of Internet Explorer. Find more information HERE.

The Core of Johnny Appleseed

The Core of Johnny Appleseed

The Unknown Story of a Spiritual Trailblazer

by Ray Silverman

"You cannot know the Johnny Appleseed story without understanding the faith of this important American hero."

—Hank Fincken, American history scholar/actor

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

Ray Silverman's new spiritual biography of American frontier hero Johnny Chapman reveals a little-known side of the man known as Johnny Appleseed.

Johnny Appleseed, From The Inside Out: A Q&A with Author Ray Silverman

Johnny Appleseed, From The Inside Out: A Q&A with Author Ray Silverman

Read how history and geography came alive for author Ray Silverman while researching the intriguing life of John Chapman.

Praise for The Core of Johnny Appleseed

Praise for The Core of Johnny Appleseed

Read what history scholars and authors are saying about this intriguing look at an American frontier folk hero.

The Core of Johnny Appleseed: Read an Excerpt

The Core of Johnny Appleseed: Read an Excerpt

Ray Silverman

Instead of a rifle, John Chapman carried apple seeds, faith, and business savvy throughout the American frontier.

Book Club Roundtable

Core and Care: Reflections on the Faith of Johnny Appleseed

Core and Care: Reflections on the Faith of Johnny Appleseed

Bruce Epperly

Johnny Appleseed reminds us today that our future depends on joining Earth care and people care with initiative and creativity in our role as God’s stewards of creation.

What We Can Learn From Johnny Appleseed

What We Can Learn From Johnny Appleseed

Ellen Painter Dollar

For me, the Johnny Appleseed story is a wonderful example of what it looks like to embrace a God-given vocation.

Does the World Need Another Book On Johnny Appleseed?

Does the World Need Another Book On Johnny Appleseed?

Coleman Glenn

The one thing that encouraged me was that this book was written by a Swedenborgian scholar, and as such, would hopefully present an accurate picture of Chapman’s faith. And as it turns out, that is the book’s biggest strength.

Appleseed and Swedenborg: True Pioneers

Appleseed and Swedenborg: True Pioneers

Christian Piatt

Johnny Appleseed was a true hero of the American frontier, just as Emmanuel Swedenborg plowed fresh intellectual soil with his work, some four centuries ago.

A Slice of American Apple Pie

A Slice of American Apple Pie

Rob Rumfelt

If you have any interest in American history or folklore, I highly recommend The Core of Johnny Appleseed. Ray Silverman examines in-depth a side of Johnny that most authors overlook: his faith.

Ray Silverman on Johnny Appleseed

A Gallery from The Core of Johnny Appleseed

Recommended Products


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X