Soul Seeing: All he wanted to do was tell people about Jesus. That brought Fr. Joseph Girzone millions in proceeds from his Joshua novels. In the latest chapter of his bestselling Joshua series, Joseph Girzone offers fresh inspiration in this collection of fifty never-before-published contemporary. Joshua by Joseph Girzone – Rooted in a scrupulously accurate reading of scripture, Joshua is a profoundly moving, deeply inspiring book that no reader will.
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After two thousand years, the human race may be given a koseph chance. When Joshua moves to a small cabin on the edge of town, the local people are mystified by his presence.
A quiet and simple man, Joshua appears Rooted in a scrupulously accurate reading of scripture, Joshua is a profoundly moving, deeply inspiring josehp that no reader will ever forget. A quiet and simple man, Joshua appears to seek nothing for himself. He supports himself by working as a carpenter.
He charges very little for his services, yet his craftsmanship is exquisite. The joshka of Moses that he carves for the local synagogue prompts amazement as well as consternation. What are the townsfolk to make of this enigmatic stranger?
Some people report having seen him carry a huge cherry log on his shoulders effortlessly. Despite his benevolence and selfless work in the community, some remain suspicious. Paperbackpages. Published April 1st by Touchstone first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Joshuaplease sign up. Anna Whiteman This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Christian faith hide spoiler ]. See all 3 questions about Joshua…. Lists with This Book. Dec 17, Ben Zajdel added it. What if Jesus came back today? Would we recognize him? Joshua tries to answer that question. A simple carpenter moves to the outskirts of a small town named Auburn, mystifying the locals girznoe his beautiful wood carvings and astute insights into religion.
Joshua lives a happy life, making toys for children and fixing furniture for the elderly. People are drawn to him. He is friendly, never too busy to stop and have a conversation. The things he discusses speaks to their hearts. It doesn’t take lo What if Jesus came back today? It doesn’t take long before the whole town considers him a friend. But soon Joshua’s views on religion and the church bring trouble with the established clergy in town.
They don’t like the things he says about the way their churches are operated. He is soon summoned to Rome to interview with a panel of moseph and bishops, and eventually meets the pope himself. This book is a stunning commentary on the church and its failure to live the Gospel.
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Girzone captures the spirit of Jesus perfectly, borrowing heavily on Biblical examples. It is well-written, with simple prose that moves along delicately. The climax is never exposed, but foreshadowed well throughout the entire book. I had a hard time putting this book down. View all 4 comments. Jul 08, Meg rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What would you do if Jesus was living up the street from you?
A simple man, doing God’s will, who is as radical today as he was with the Apostle’s?
Welcome to the journey of a lifetime, where you are likely to question your understanding of God and Jesus Christ. I first encountered this book in high school, and just re-read it to be in solidarity with my freshmen who have this for summer reading. Some of the lessons I gained were the same, but many were different.
I highly recommend that you tak What would you do if Jesus was living up the street from you? I highly recommend that you take this spiritual journey, to learn more about God and more about yourself. Sep 12, Micielle rated it it was amazing. I love this book! I’ve read it a couple of times because it just made feel good. Dec 02, Casey rated it liked it. This book suffers from the same syndrome that I believe ails most Christian fiction: I would say the biggest problem I had was with the dialogue.
Every page turns into a sermon, and subtlety is nowhere to be found. Moreover, the characters’ words are all so stiff and formal that interactions cannot seem natural for the reader. There are a lot of positive aspects of the book, though. As stated, I think the concept is outstanding.
How would we interact with This book suffers from the same syndrome that I believe ails most Christian fiction: How would we interact with Jesus if He returned today? I also love the principles Joshua tried to convey, about freedom and God’s love for His people.
I just wish that the author had a more subtle touch. Actually, I think I would rather have had a more limited narrator who didn’t go into Joshua’s thoughts. Not only did it seem a bit presumptuous how can we know the mind of Jesus? I love the idea that we should be able to recognize Jesus by what he does, and going into his Biblical memories was too pushy for me.
Nonetheless, even though it isn’t a favorite, I did enjoy reading the book. Nov 22, Ivy rated it really liked it. I have just finished this book for the third time and still love this story as I did from the very first perusal.
Joshua lives a simple life, making friends easily and winning the hearts of the neighborhood children. Everyone loves Joshua but people are mystified by him, wanting to learn more but reluctant to pry. Joshua, fortunately, makes himself easily accessible and becomes v I have just finished this book for the third time and still love this story as I joswph from the very first perusal. Joshua, fortunately, makes himself easily accessible and becomes very popular in town, calling the attention of the neighborhood churches.
Joshua tells all who listen that they are free to love God and to worhsip in any way they wish and not to be bound by the strict laws of their churches.
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His message is taken to heart by many, but repudiated by those who cannot imagine life without religious structure. Joshua’s lessons are either learned or rejected and like the Pharisees of old, he is reported to the “higher authority” for questioning.
A chosen few are allowed to be witness to Joshua’s real identity and for them, they will never be the same. One can finish it in a day and then move on to the rest of Father Girzone’s books involving Joshua.
Feb 28, Jerry rated it liked it. Jan 17, Nicolas Shump rated it liked it. This is a compelling read, but is not the best written book. Girzone tells a pretty good story, but parts of this read like stuff coming out of an intro fiction writing class.
Joseeph conversations are stilted and artificial. Nevertheless, the conceit of Jesus coming back to Earth under the radar is refreshing. There is joshhua sort of Will Rogers wit to Girzone’s observations about religious practice, all the more interesting coming from a retired Catholic priest. Joshuq riff on marriage is passionate, but in This is a compelling read, but is not the best written book.
His riff on marriage is passionate, but incomplete. Certainly Catholicism has overregulated this and annulment has been a nightmre, but the character, Joshua, seems to forget his own words about marriage in the Gospels.
How Joshua interacts with Jewish characters is refreshing, but also left underdeveloped. I thought his dialogue with Catholic church officials could have been a bit more biting and incisive, especially the constant references to Joshua not having the authority to comment on Church matters.
Girzone calls this “a modern parable”, but I don’t see the lesson fleshed out completely, although I suppose one could say the same thing about the scriptural parables. I haven’t taken time to read Girzone’s other Joshua books, but this was an amazing story because the author challenged me to think literally about what the Christ would be like if he walked among un now in the flesh.
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