There are several mystical and spiritual meanings associated with a woodcutter and woodcutters, in general. There are Greek, Latin and Assyrian fables, in addition to French and German lore. One story of the Woodcutter is the axe handle that is made of wood, used for the purpose of felling trees. According to Wikipedia, the oak said to the ash, “It serves us right since we gave our enemy the handle he asked for!”
In Woodcutter’s Revival, the woodcutter has been involved in simply cutting wood. He cut trees from his family’s stand of lumber to make a little extra money by selling ties to the railroad. He also built and managed the first wood-fired silver smelter in the San Juan Mountain range of south western Colorado. Finally, he cut wood to warm his cabin. Revival is restoration, renewal or awakening.
Woodcutter’s Revival is historical Christian fiction, set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution. The characters begin in the San Luis Valley of Colorado and leave the farm, as farms are no longer able to support large families. The story is inspired by the Robert Frost poem, "The Road Not Taken."
The setting is about the choices we must make in life without having all the facts available before making the choices. Even though we must decide without all the facts, we are responsible for the outcomes and making our choices work.
In the story, the railroad ties become symbolic of foundations. Railroad ties remain static yet support the dynamic mode of transportation – the railroad. The railroad although built upon the sweat, labor and risk of workers provides opportunities for travelers who do not know the sacrifice of those building it. The wood-fired smelter is an example of refinement.
As long as we are living and growing, God refines us and makes us as pure as gold and silver. Finally, the wood cut for heating receives the most narrative in the book, but symbolizes fellowship. Wendy Walters said, “Set at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, Woodcutter’s Revival is an intriguing and though-provoking story about life, love and leadership. You will come to admire some characters and despise others. In just a few pages, you will find yourself caught up in this delightful tale.”
Gale Schloesser said, “It is a rare opportunity for readers to follow the journeys of courageous men as they come to terms with their faith and the purpose for their lives.”
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Jerry is a retired teacher who loves to work in his wood, metal and leather shops. He has released Woodcutter’s Revival, historical fiction novel this past autumn. You can find free downloads of Revived: Story of Publishing a Christian Novel on Kindle at Amazon.com.
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