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Joshua in a Troubled World: A Story for Our Time [Kindle Edition]

Joseph F. Girzone
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The bestselling Joshua series takes an invigorating, timely new turn as Girzone’s beloved hero spreads his message of love and compassion from the streets of our nation’s capital to the blood-soaked lands of the Middle East.
Joseph Girzone possesses a unique ability to make Jesus’ words and actions come to life for contemporary audiences. His fictional depictions of Jesus’ return to the present-day world—the Joshua series—have inspired millions of readers. Joshua in a Troubled World is at once a magnificent continuation of his perennially popular series and an enlightening perspective on the political paranoia and destructive acts of vengeance that fill the front pages of our daily newspapers. Arriving in Washington, D.C., Joshua walks along Pennsylvania Avenue with a cool detachment and determination that sets him apart from the bustling crowds. Under ordinary circumstances, he would no doubt be seen simply as a man wrapped in his own thoughts. But in these security-obsessed times, his Middle Eastern appearance and his spontaneous stops at various churches, temples, and mosques inevitably arouse suspicions. Taken into custody by two government agents, Joshua challenges the legal and moral justness of their actions and they reluctantly release him to continue his mission. It is the most difficult and controversial mission he has ever undertaken—a plan to unite Arab- and Jewish-Americans and to work with them to resolve the bitter wars and religious animosities in the Middle East. Peopled with prominent figures such as Ariel Sharon, and moving from Washington to Beirut and then to Oslo while the peace accords are being hammered out, Joshua in a Troubled World explores the most explosive issues of our day and offers a realistic, compassionate assessment of the things that divide us and the beliefs that can serve as a foundation for a new, more peaceful world.

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest installment in Girzone's Joshua series finds the titular character—a present-day incarnation of Jesus—roaming around Washington, D.C. As an apparent drifter of Middle Eastern descent, he immediately raises FBI suspicions, is brought in for questioning twice and is followed incessantly. Appearances are deceiving, and before long, Joshua is contacting and organizing prominent Washingtonians of Middle Eastern heritage. Soon he and this band of Jews, Christians and Muslims are traveling to various Middle Eastern countries to bring their power elite (including Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon) on board, and the whole enterprise culminates in a new Oslo Declaration of Peace. The novel expresses strong opposition to U.S. detention of Middle Eastern men and articulates a universalist theology—affirming that Muslims, Jews and Christians all worship Joshua's Father and that they are all cared for by his Mother. While many Christians will appreciate the way Girzone's theology, as well as his view of human nature and the world, contrast to that of the Left Behind series and other popular Christian fiction, his book does not succeed as a novel. The characters are one-dimensional, the dialogue is stilted, the plot is tedious and the conclusion is entirely predictable. The author makes the classic mistake of telling rather than showing and creates a novel that fails to persuade or involve the reader.
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Girzone's Joshua (i.e., Jesus) makes his first appearance since The Parables of Joshua (2001) and this time deals with a real-world problem, peace in Israel. Chameleon-like, Joshua appears at various locations in Washington, D.C., and because he lacks ID and looks Middle Eastern, secret service goons trail him, and lose him, every step of the way. Girzone makes much of the political climate, where "scribes and Pharisees" abound and where "it takes only a few sick people to destroy a democracy and strip us of our rights." Case in point: when Joshua, simply by asking them, rallies Arab, Jewish, and Christian leaders to sue for peace in Israel, thugs round them up and detain them. This is, however, all part of God's plan. Even those old combatants, Arafat and Sharon, are made at last to see reason in the presence of Joshua, and soon peace is on its way in a reprise of the Oslo accords. Girzone's topical approach seems likely to date his new book almost upon publication, but the urgency and anger of his words are arresting. His many fans will be gratified and a bit taken aback. John Mort
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  • File Size: 179 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385511825
  • Publisher: Image (February 15, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH!!! May 11, 2008
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I have always been a fan of the Joshua series for years.

Unfortunately, this latest book was to say the least, painful to read. No flow, no miracles, no inspiration.

I made it about 30 pages into the book and gave up on it.

A real stink bomb!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joshua in a Troubled World July 4, 2005
Much needed wisdom for todays very troubled world set in an interesting moving novel.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peace January 18, 2008
I have always thought it would take God himself to bring peace to the Middle East. In this book, that is basically the case. While the methodology by which the Joshua character seeks to end the turmoil may be idealistic, it is a simple story that any reader can appreciate.

Having read all of the books in the Joshua series, I found myself disappointed with this book. While the plot is quite idealistic for my liking, the main problem is that there is not enough time devoted to the beloved main character. Joshua only seems to be an active participant on 1/4 of the pages. Since this is the Joshua series, one would think he would be a more active participant in the book.

After experiencing frustration in the paranoid post-9/11 America, Joshua begins bringing people of different faiths together. This is done in America before a chosen representative Elie is sent to the Middle East. Elie visits numerous important figures including fictionalized versions of real leaders. Yet even Joshua seems to know that not everybody will accept peace. But having the masses accept peace is a major step.

While I have really enjoyed the other books of this series, the lack of Joshua in this book left me feeling somewhat cheated. Though all things are possible with God, the plan for peace seemed far too simplistic. More than anything, this book caused me to think how distant peace is from the region. How sad it is that religion is such a source of conflict in the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Joshua Troubled World October 23, 2010
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I have read all the Joshua Series and still feel the 1st one was the best. Actually, this latest book was my least favorite. It did make me question the government wisdom and the paranoid fear generated by how people in general profile others because of religion and terrorist acts. Even though this is fiction, IT seems to me that the author profiles CIA mentality which is what the message it trying to get people to stop doing. Author Grizone seems to spend a lot of text with unnecessary discription, almost as if he were trying to fill up pages. This issue didn't keep me anxiously waiting Joshua's next move but rather had me waiting to move on to the next stage of the plot. If this was the 1st of a "Joshua" series, I believe that Mr Grizone would not have had the following he has today.
Since I enjoyed the others, if he wrote another in the series I would probably read it. I guess it's kind of like Microsoft...just because they came up with really bad operating systems like ME and Vista, that doesn't mean that I am going to give up on the computer. Good Luck to Josephe Grizone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JOSHUA in a troubled world November 11, 2011
The entire Joshua series is a good way to see the love and kindness of Jesus in todays world. This book really hits home becuase of all the turmoil we see in the world today. It lets us know what Jesus thinks and how we can be part of the answer to making it better. The author makes it so caring and real we feel we are hearing the voice of GOD.

I find it very inspiring to read and fell better after having experienced this book. My view of the world changes and I see and feel much more positive.

You can watch the news and become depressed or read this book and be inspired. The story has not changed for centuries and this puts it into perspective. You will be glad you took the time to stop and read this book. It can affect the rest of your life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joshua in a Troubled World: A Story for Our Time September 29, 2007
I found this latest book in the Joshua series by Joseph Girzone to be a fascinating interpretation of how Jesus would react to the post 9/11 climate of fear and distrust were he alive today. I tried to anticipate how the book would unfold, and found that Girzone addressed all the potential problems and possibilities in a very realistic way. I'd highly recommend this book, even if readers have not read the prior Joshua books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is like wishful thinking. December 11, 2008
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As I was finishing the book, I couldn't help but think that for what Father Girzone's true wishes through Joshua is wishful thinking for the rest of the world.

The book came out after Yasser Arafat's death. Suppose the peace treaty was signed in front of a worldwide audience? Still, hatred abounds. The radicals like the Al Qaedas and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Paskistan can never be reasoned with. Even Joshua and Muhammad can never get these two groups to stop the killing of innocent people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joshua in a troubled world September 3, 2013
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This book was amazing! I wish it never ended, we could all use a little forgiveness and give a little too.Trust in God's love and forgiveness and never lose hope.He has good plans for our lives if we just follow Jesus's example of love!
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