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Monday, February 23 2015

There's more to Johnny Appleseed than meets the eye and Dr. Stewart Bitkoff's new release, The Appleseed Journal, unveils the true story of this American hero, who very few may know was a spiritual man, and further that he went missing in 1843.

Johnny Appleseed is famously portrayed for his impact on growing the apple industry and expansion of his operation throughout the frontier.  After a further look at Appleseed and his contributions, we discover that he was quite a spiritual man who ministered throughout his life's journey.  The Appleseed Journal is based on actual events and delves deep into the era when Appleseed went missing on the way to a convention at the Church of New Jerusalem in Philadelphia.  It's uncertain what happened along the way, but what is certain … he never arrived.

"Johnny Appleseed had a spiritual calling and provided apple seedling, a life staple along the frontier, as part of his work,” says Dr. Bitkoff.  "It's rumored that Appleseed planted a message in Hudson Valley, New York so that it could be harvested by spiritual travelers in our time.”  
Author of six published books on spirituality, Stewart Bitkoff, holds a doctorate in education and has served as a faculty member for multiple college and universities throughout the US.  Dr. Bitkoff is a spiritual traveler and advocate for Sufi mysticism. Additionally, he specializes in therapeutic recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health treatment.  Dr. Bitkoff is a regular contributor to online media outlets such as: Philadelphia Spirituality Examiner, Wisdom Magazine, New Age Journal, and Mystic Living Today.  

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The Appleseed Journal
By Stewart Bitkoff
Publisher:  Abandoned Ladder
Available at
ISBN-10: 0991577515
ISBN-13: 978-09915775414

Message from the author . . .

Thanks for your review; as you pointed out- this book makes you think about Johnny Appleseed/spirituality and Johnny’s spiritual mission; which many people do not know about.  Hopefully The Appleseed Journal was an entertaining vehicle/literary device to tell the story.

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff


Other Titles Written by Stewart Bitkoff, Ed.D.

•    Sufism for the Western Seeker  (honorable mention, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, Adult Non-fiction Religious category)
•    A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment  (top 50 Spiritual Book of the Year Award Winner - Spirituality And Practice Magazine)
•    Journey of Light: Trilogy
•    The Ferryman's Dream
•    Beyond The River's Gate


Review and Image provided by Ascot Media.  Website

A note from

To the extent that the author wanted to initiate a discourse on Johnny Appleseed, spiritualism, or the spiritualism of Johnny Appleseed, he succeeds. As our Book Review policy states, we depend on the author's description for the basis of our review. However, we read the book to confirm the author’s review. Therein lies this discourse.

As the publisher of a history website, we aren’t willing to call this a history book, not even a work of creative non-fiction.  And, we’re not sure the author would want us to.

The author’s website includes a review from California Bookwatch describing the book as a “spiritual fictionalized story” and a “collection of fictionalized stories . . . driven by Appleseed’s own writings.”

The book begins with the author describing his finding a journal written by John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed). Frankly, I’m left confused by whether this claim is fact or fiction.  But maybe that isn’t the point of the book.  As a reviewer of the book on Amazon writes, “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.”

My bottom line – it’s a 92 page, easy reading book that will give you plenty to think about and will drive you to the internet and a bookstore for more information about an American icon.


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