Joshua: A Parable for Today

Joshua: A Parable for Today

by Joseph F. Girzone
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Joshua: A Parable for Today by Joseph F. Girzone

Joseph Girzone wrote his parable in 1983 and published it himself with neither accompanying fanfare nor expectation of the extraordinary effect it would have on people around the world. With only word-of-mouth for advertising, and by virtue of its siniple message of love, Joshua became an international force of spiritual strength. after its modest beginnings, Joshua and its sequels have millions of readers around the world and continue to bring hope and peace to all who seek nourishment. When Joshua moves to a small cabin on the edge of town, the local people are at first mystified, then confused by his presence. A quiet and simple man, Joshua appears to seek nothing for himself. He supports himself solely by carpentry and woodworking, and he charges very little for his services. Yet his work is exquisite. Even more exquisite, and even more mysterious, is the extraordinary effect he has on everyone he meets. All who come in contact with him can't help but be transformed by his incredible warmth. The acceptance and love in his eyes and in each actions amazes the townspeople. Who is Joshua and just what is he up to? The answer to that question amazes them almost as much discovery of that same transforming power in each of their own hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385474214
Publisher: Crown Religion/Business/Forum
Publication date: 03/28/2002
Edition description: Gift
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Joseph F. Girzone retired from the active priesthood in 1981 for health reasons. He then embarked on the suprising writing career that has brought him millions of readers. Among his bestselling titles are Never Alone, Joshua, and A Portrait of Jesus. He lives in Albany, New York.

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Joshua 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had a really good message that is aligned with God's word. I really recommend this book for people of christain faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book sucks ass
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book and was very glad that I did. It provides a fresh perspective on how Jesus would live His life on earth today and it shows how each of us can find joy in the simple things that life has to offer. It also provides some eye-opening insight into modern day religion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joshua is well-told story. Girzone's style is simple and engaging. This parable of finding the Lord in a small New York town has undeniable appeal. It was given to me as a gift many years ago, and I have given it to others many times since. Girzone's work deeply influenced my thinking about God and Jesus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joshua, although simply written, is a great parable regarding how Jesus would be accepted in today's society. It's interesting that Joshua's interpretation of the scriptures, is seen as radical to church leaders. The average person that Joshua helps loves him, but various church leaders feel threatened and soon he is in danger just as Jesus once was. I've always thought that if Jesus returned today he would receive pretty much the same treatment as he did centuries ago. This book illustrates that point. The Christian church has moved away from the words of the true Jesus, and like in earlier times, are often interested in power and don't encourage their followers to discuss the Bible but to simply accept what they are told. It would be nice if more people read this book and listened to the message. Another novel, 'The Destiny of Miro' brings up some of the same issues regarding organized religion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the way Jesus message was given. It did not feel like we were being preached to, yet the message gets across.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'Joshua,' Father Girzone describes in a parable how people have lost sight of the true meaning of religion. Joshua is a the title character. Although the novel never comes out and says it, the main character, Joshua, portrays the second coming of Christ. Just like 2,000 years ago, the novel shows Joshua rejected by religious leaders. Although Joshua is not crucified, the circumstances are the same and he leaves without being accepted. Only a handful of people realize how special Joshua is and believe in him. This novel will get you thinking about your own religion or belief in God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most beautiful books I've every read and would like to order this thru your company
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book its tiresome and repetitive and is unbelievably boring but has a good message which is mentioned every other page, honestly iy is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This fits right in with The Shack. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I first read this about 15 years ago. So glad I found it again. I now own it and can read it at will.
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Nana-96 More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice myself. I ordered these copies for our book club to read and discuss together. I'm sure they will all enjoy this book. I highly recommend all of Girzone's books to everyone. And I have all of his books but one which I have not able to find yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book "Joshua" is a great book that puts simplicity in life and reflects on what Christ came to earth to teach. The story tells of a man living in a small town that could represent any town that has prejudice between groups and how people are tagged as stereotypes. The book challenges the reader to look at their own life and see how they are not following the footseps of a fair person. Accept people for who they are and always assume positive intent.
Maroonbell More than 1 year ago
I'd never heard of the Joshua books before until a member of the church where I worked at the time bought the whole set and brought them to donate to the church library. He asked if I'd ever read them and when he found out I hadn't, he urged me to read them and then put them in the church library when I was done. I did so and the books in this series blessed me during a time I really needed it. It made me feel closer to the Lord when I was going through a spiritual desert. I love the whole series, but this first one is the very best! It's moving, entertaining, thought-provoking and prayer-provoking! I absolutely loved it!
Four More than 1 year ago
If Jesus returned today, this might be His story. "Joshua" (the name Jesus goes by in this story) questions the teachings of the church just like He did 2000 years ago. He heals the sick, raises the dead, and has an audience with the Pope and the Jewish community. The message is good, although the writing style has a bit too much exposition for me. Once I got beyond that, though, the story was well done.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that defines grassroots Christianity and refreshes those disciples who may have got themselves mixed up in too much Church stuff and not enough servitude and relationships. A must-read for the 21st century Christian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book but the movie is the best I have ever seen. I highly reccomend reading the book and seeing the movie. It is so uplifting and leaves you feeling so happy when you are done watching it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always know you are not alone and that all you have to do is ask God to join you and you will succeed. He is there for all of us and that is amazing in itself! Love and spread joy whenever you can even in the smallest of ways and you will inspire others to do the same by your own example. Most of all keep the faith and know you are loved by the greatest of us all -- our creator. Spectacular movie and extremely uplifting and inspiring to do good everyday you live and walk on this earth in this very special life you are given.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wherever you are on your journey, Joshua will open your eyes. We have more in common with one another than we realize. Read it with an open mind and heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book 3 times (and bought the movie) along with reading all the other Joshua books by Girzone, and they are wonderfully written and spiritualy uplifting. I keep these books close to my heart as they have given me back my Faith in God that I had lost. Not that they are true but just the mere thought that "what if?" is what stops you in your tracks. Joseph Girzone has done a wonderful portrayal of Jesus!!! I would imagine Jesus to be this type of person in this day and age. Please take the time to read Joshua as you will never regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has changed allot in my life. Things that I already new but had long forgotten. Joshua has lifted my soul and my Faith. It has inspired me and all the people around me. What a great book!!! All of them are wonderful and the movie is heartwarming. I have watched it seven times. Take the time to read "JOSHUA" as you won't regret it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joshua is a beautiful and inspiring story. After about half way through the book however, it became obvious that the author had an ax to grind with the Catholic church in particular and organized Christian religion in general. I have never experienced the evils attributed to the catholic church so I found it offensive. It seems to me that numberous sections where Joshua hammers away at the catholic church serve only to reinforce unfortunate stereo types.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book "Joshua" was awesome. It opened my eyes to a new light of God. To think that someone in the 20th century could live a life like that is amazing.