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The Travels of Increase Joseph: A Historical Novel about a Pioneer Preacher

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Plum Falls, New York, 1840s: Dismissed from Harvard Divinity School for his liberal views, Increase Joseph Link arrives home with a heavy heart. He gives up his dream of becoming a minister to settle for life on the farm, until the day he is struck by lightning and hears a voice telling him to rise and speak. Heeding that voice, Increase becomes a preacher, advocating for ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 11th 2010 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published November 2003)
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Another good read by Jerry Apps. This story digs deep into a character I first heard about in "Blue Shadows Farm". What sticks with me is Increase Joseph Link's teachings..."the LAND comes first"; a lesson that is as true today as it was in the late 1800's. Many similarities between the fictional "Standalone church" and the Amish communities in Wisconsin. Recommend this if you enjoy historical fiction especially based in Wisconsin.
This book started out hokey to me. The writing style was different for me. I had to keep in mind that this was a fictional character but used real events and most real places in Wisconsin as a base.

It was slow storytelling at times but once I started I had to find out if in the end what was in the Red Book.
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Jerold W. Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include: Living a Country Year, Every Farm Tells a Story, When Chores Were Done, Humor from the Country, Country Ways and Country Days, One-Room Schools, Cheese, Breweries of Wisc ...more
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