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Joshua: A Parable for Today Paperback – April 1, 1995
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JOSHUA is a simple story about Jesus (Joshua) living in modern times. The message Joshua delivers gives comfort to those of us who have been raised with the strict rules of the Catholic church accompanied by the feeling that you can never quite "measure up." THE BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE ! JOSHUA strengthened my faith by giving me a simplistic version of Jesus' message without all of the "excess baggage" that accompanies organized religion.
Many thanks to Father Girzone for the gift he has bestowed on his readers -- a clearer understanding of God's love for us. I read reviews that pointed out "flaws" in the writing. If the message shines through (which it obviously did by reading the reviews) - then the writing was perfect ! ! A must read for EVERYONE ....
It seems to be divinely inspired and written with devotion and love. It was obviously Fr. Girzone's first attempt at writing for it often read like the way a child speaks but I found that to be charming instead of annoying. The book was pure in its voice and pure in its motive to communicate how organized religions can often move away from the true message and character of Christ.
Joshua, like Jesus, is a man with human flaws but who has attained a level of love for God that most of us aspire too but fall far short of achieving. Joshua doesn't go around rigidly preaching the word of God so much as he lives his life according to the word of God--his life is a sermon and example to us all, like Jesus'life was.
Fr. Girzone seems to be trying to show us how Joshua (Jesus) was a simple man who led a compassionate life devoted to a loving God. His life and message were not bogged down with rules and an inhuman ideal of perfection. Joshua could worship in any temple, any church, on any hilltop because God can be found anywhere and, at the same time, his love for God allowed him to worship with Christians, Jews or simply all by himself.
God is too great for any one religion to corner the market on understanding Him and our quest to please Him. We still can't explain the size or the birth of our universe so how can we be expected to be all knowing about God? Joshua attempts to bring that thought to light. Learning and loving God is a journey that spans many lifetimes but Joshua shows us that compassion and love will put us on the right path.Read more ›
Similarly, in "Joshua", Christ reappears in a small town in upstate New York. Joshua is a wood carver who lives simply, enjoys the beauty of nature and above all has the ultimate compassion for anyone he encounters who is in physical, spiritual or mental need. Word of Joshua's simple lifestyle sets the town's ears on fire and curiosity drives them to meet Joshua for themselves. No one is disappointed. As Joshua's popularity grows, he is singled out by leaders of the established churches and the synagogue.Read more ›
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I have read the book 3 times. It is really an awesome book, so are the next two in the series. I actually bought this one for my daughter in law for xmas. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was my second reading of Joshua, though I read it the first time a number of years ago. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with the story and in some parts of the book found that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kerry Marshall
The book was able to put me at peace with God. In addition I was so fortunate to learn that Fr. Joseph Girzone lived only four hours away from my house. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas G Skeet
They were OK, although I was expecting a modern take on Biblical parables instead of original parables.Published 2 months ago by Brian T. Stevens
This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to relate to Jesus. What an amazing story! The story line is beautiful; it must be read many times to absorb it and identify with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony Mixer
The worst book I've ever read. Perhaps it was the table wine? Maybe it was the bacon breakfast? Or the second time he worked thru a Saturday? Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Moore
There are no words of praise sufficient to describe the relevance of JOSHUA ! As Spiritual Person it is uplifting and encouraging to take this journey with "Joshua. Read morePublished 2 months ago by over-the-hill-Jude
Enjoyed the read. Interesting twist on a replay of Jesus day. Somewhat simplistic.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer