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Best Book Ever

Jan 10, 2022

Erica Appelros is a Doctor in Theology and Associate Professor in Philosophy of Religion with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, coach and speaker, works as an associate professor in philosophy of religion at Lund University, Sweden. She is also a published author in Swedish and in English, and she is dedicated to creating courses, books and workshops to empower people to advance in their growth towards more clarity, knowledge and self-knowledge to live a life with a deeper purpose. She is a lifelong learner and reader, and her university training includes Philosophy, Theology, Mathematics, Biology, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Horticulture. She is also a certified dance leader in Liberating dance and Sacred dance, a raving reader, a lively language learner and loves playing with clay. I could have talked to her about her background all day, but we also talked about her favorite book – a Swedish classic I’d never heard of, called “The Emigrants,” by Vilhelm Moberg.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Erica Appelros



Discussed in this episode:

The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg

Unto a Good Land by Vilhelm Moberg

The Settlers by Vilhelm Moberg

The Last Letter Home by Vilhelm Moberg (Gah! The title alone brings tears to my eyes.)

Bookstore Funchal – Livraria Esperança (do yourself a favor and look up photos of this bookstore. We’re moving to Madeira, right? I feel like we have to move to Madeira.)

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Ten Lessons for A Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria

Here’s a clip of Liv Ullman talking about the goodbye scene in the 1973 Emigrants movie

And here’s a clip for a remake of the movie, coming in March 2022

Karl Oskar and Kristina monument in Karlshamn, Sweden

There is a matching one in Lindstrom, Minnesota!


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