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Drawing on a lifetime of study and reflection, the author of the Joshua series presents his long-awaited, revelatory, and deeply personal work on Jesus. In his immensely popular Joshua novels, Joseph Girzone depicted Jesus in the modern-day world, using compelling fiction to elucidate Jesus' message and teachings. Now Girzone provides a powerful new perspective on Jesus. Based on scripture and written in Girzone's lively, non-doctrinal style, it brings the theology that animates his fiction into vibrant focus. Girzone combines the gospel accounts of Jesus' life, personal anecdotes, tales from the Bible, and stories he has gathered from people around the world to create an uncommon and profoundly inspiring portrait. He writes with candor and grace about the revelations that shape his beliefs and the mysteries that continue to intrigue him. The definitive statement of Girzone's views on Jesus' mission on earth and its meaning for today's readers,Jesusis Girzone's magnum opus.
Joshua, "A parable for today" is the story of a quiet man, whose benevolence and selfless work in the community prompts amazement as well as suspicions. He lives simply and carves beautiful statues of wood, yet inspires people to a greater faith, which causes such enmity among the priests that he is sent to Rome for a hearing. His is no ordinary journey. A well-written and inspiring novel.
The bestsellingJoshuaseries 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 Worldis 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 Worldexplores 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.
This engaging prequel to Joseph Girzone's bestselling series, which has sold more than 5 million books in the United States, describes Joshua's early years and the first inklings of his destiny as a messenger of love in a troubled world. Millions of readers around the world have followed the story of the gentle woodcarver and carpenter who was first introduced in 1983 in Joseph Girzone's beloved parable,Joshua. In JOSHUA'S FAMILY, Girzone travels back in time, painting a captivating portrait of the mot...
"As noon approached, Kara flew up into the sky. The sun was bright, radiant, more brilliant than anyone had ever seen it. The powerful falcon flew higher and higher into the blue sky. All his friends watched in utter amazement at the power and the grace and beauty of that beautiful being who had become so much a part of their life. As they watched him climb higher into the sun, an awesome occurrence unfolded before their eyes. As the golden rays of the sun touched Kara's wings, they seemed to become almost transparent, almost like the sun itself, and his whole form seemed to be transformed and absorbed into the light of the sun's rays. They couldn't believe what was unfolding before their very eyes,- perhaps, it was just a mirage, an illusion. They were overcome with a deep sense of sadness which they could not understand." A beautifully written allegory. A unique book for a pensive book report. As noon approached, Kara flew up into the sky. The sun was bright, radiant, more brilliant than anyone had ever seen it. The powerful falcon flew higher and higher into the blue sky. All his friends watched in utter amazement at the power and the grace and beauty of that beautiful being who had become so much a part of their life. As they watched him climb higher into the sun, an awesome occurence unfolded before their eyes. As the golden rays of the sun touched Kara's wings, they seemed to become almost transparent, almost like the sun itself, and his whole form seemed to be transformed and absorbed into the light of the sun's rays. They couldn't believe what was unfolding before their very eyes,- perhaps, it was just a mirage, an illusion. They were overcome with a deep sense of sadness which they could not understand.
From the bestselling author ofJoshuaandA Portrait of Jesuscomes a moving, eye-opening parable about a messenger sent to reawaken faith, love, and compassion in a world that has strayed from the lessons of the Gospels. In this Image paperback original, Joseph Girzone once again weaves a story that will transform readers' understanding of Jesus' teaching and change the way they put that teaching into action in their own lives. The Messengeris the story of the Kingdom of Light created by God on Earth. Th...
The author of the bestselling Joshua series and other popular inspirational books chronicles his own spiritual journey and describes with stunning honesty the difficult decisions he made along the way. Joseph Girzone has attracted a tremendous following with his series of novels that imagine Jesus living in the contemporary world. His nonfiction writings and talks on spirituality have affected audiences around the world. Girzone's ability to capture the meaning of faith in simple, direct language is more apparent than ever in this moving book about his personal journey through a dark night of the soul. InMy Struggle with Faith, Girzone recounts the long, complicated, and often painful process he went though as he sought to find peace with his beliefs. He writes about hard decisions that set him on unexpected paths and about the immense feelings of loneliness he experienced in making those choices. In thoughtful and thought-provoking reflections he brings to life the years of searching and the deep, critical thinking that gave him the courage to embrace his beliefs, opening a world of excitement and adventure for him. In writing about what his beliefs have meant to him and about the intimate relationship with God that has sustained and guided him, Girzone illuminates the universal human struggle to find meaning in life. My Struggle with Faithoffers readers insights, inspiration, and encouragement to follow their beliefs and create a more meaningful spiritual life.
In the latest chapter of his bestselling Joshua series, Joseph Girzone offers fresh inspiration in this collection of fifty never-before-published contemporary vignettes that underscore the most important lessons of the gospel. Joseph Girzone's novels about Joshua, the carpenter who transforms ordinary lives with words of peace and loving actions, have sold more than three million copies and captured the hearts of readers around the world. InThe Parables of Joshua, perhaps his most powerful book since the originalJoshua, Girzone distills the essence of Christian teaching in entertaining and inspiring "bite-sized" tales set against the background of current society. For some today, the parables of the New Testament are quaint, old-fashioned stories, with little relevance to everyday life in the twenty-first century. As Girzone writes in his Introduction, "I have heard the most callous people comment with such great piety on the parables that I could not help but wonder if we haven't made parables pleasant-sounding fables about human situations long past, but with no present-day meaning. " In order to recapture their original vitality Girzone revives the timeless messages behind the original parables by "dressing them in modern clothes," presenting them through Joshua in a conversational style that will resonate with a modern audience.
Bestselling author Joseph Girzone returns to the reflections on his personal spirituality typical of Never Alone and A Portrait of Jesus, his most popular books since the original Joshua. With Trinity, Joseph Girzone guides readers to a deeper understanding of this foundational concept, explaining why it is not antiquated theological dogma, but a living expression of the very essence of God. He offers support and clarity to those who already believe in God, and invites those who profess not to believe on a journey to find "an image of a God who is believable, and perhaps, even lovable. " For centuries, Christians have struggled to understand the nature of God as three persons in one. But with grace similar to that which allowed Saint Patrick to explain the Trinity by using a shamrock, Girzone takes a step back from the most arcane explanations to offer a simple, useful understanding. He begins by showing the ways God was perceived by the ancient Hebrews and reveals how Jesus forever changed that image of God. As he chronicles the growth from the time of Jesus and the early Church, writing about the challenges Christianity faced from both within and without, Girzone elucidates the mysterious ways the Trinity works in the world and especially, in the Church, as an extension of Jesus' presence in history. Writing with passion and insight, he helps readers understand how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit work within individuals as well, guiding them as they struggle along the pathways of life on Earth. From the Hardcover edition.
In THE WISDOM OF HIS COMPASSION, bestselling author Joseph Girzone reflects on the character and mind of Jesus through a series of meditations. Each meditation is based on an episode related in the Gospel and focuses on a particular aspect of Jesus' life and its significance to contemporary Christians. Some of the meditations bring to life Jesus' humor, others his penetrating insights into human frailties. Together they create a portrait of a warm, compassionate divinity who relates to each person as an individual. As he recounts and interprets the lessons of the Gospel, Girzone shows that compassion for our fellow human beings is the most profound expression of God's love and wisdom. His thoughtful, incisive meditations will help readers turn away from thoughts of retribution or punishment, and will inspire them to embrace God's message of help and healing.
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