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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; Gift edition edition (March 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385474210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385474214
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A blessed event: Doubleday is issuing the first hardcover edition of Girzone's best-selling inspirational classic, which was self-published.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SmackusMaximus on Dec 3 2002
Format: Paperback
Father Girzone has authored an interesting portrayal of what might happen if Christ came to live amongst us today. I very much enjoyed Father Girzone's perception of the humanity of Christ and how he might think and act. To that end, I enjoyed Joshua the person and liked him very much.
One impediment to any effort along the lines of portraying the thoughts of God the Son is that it would always be colored by our own biases of what should be and what should not be. So, not surprisingly, Joshua is really projected through the eyes of the author's views of authority, the Law and human bondage to sin.
I will qualify my critique of Father Girzone's message by beginning with the statement that I did not view this book as an attack on the orthodoxy of the Catholic faith. Joshua is much more concerned with human practices within the Church which may color people's relationship with Christ. Father Girzone does not attach Catholic doctrine. And so, his approach is far more nuanced that has been suggested by some critics.
However, Father Girzone's bias against institutions speaks loud and clear through Joshua. I believe he presents a false dichotomy in pitting a loving relationship with Christ against Church. The Church is a living institution complete with the faults and merits of those who are chosen by God to administer that institution. To that end, I agree with Father Girzone's critique that such administrators (i.e., bishops) exist to serve and not rule over the faithful. But once again, I believe Father Girzone runs slightly afoul by arguing through this book that the exercise of the power to bind and loose inevitably leads to exploitation of the faithful and a lessening of their walk with God. This need not be.
Nonetheless, this was a pleasant read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 18 1999
Format: Paperback
According to retired priest Girzone, Jesus did a poor job of establishing his Church the first time so he has to come back to straighten things out. The gates of Hell appear to have prevailed, as virtually every clergyman (Catholic or otherwise, and including the Pope) in his story is portrayed as a stuffy, arrogant, iron-fisted powermonger with little or no regard for people's souls. Of the two benign priests, Fr. Pat is an alcoholic, and gives the Catholic Eucharist to Protestant ministers, to the delight of his congregation. The other is overly conservative, but this "shortcoming" is overlooked since he's a nice guy. Joshua/Jesus is a libertarian freethinking moral relativist who elevates the human conscience above all revealed truths and dogmas, which serve only to enslave God's children who should be free to do what they please as long as they try to love God and one another. Joshua tells Fr. Pat to work for married priests, that the Sacrament of Matrimony is optional, and doles out lessons to everyone which subvert teachings and traditions which go back to the first century. Oh, and the pope is just another bishop: all bishops should be the supreme teaching authority for their flock. Girzone has shown by his writings that he was a dissident priest who obviously has a bone to pick with his church (and all organized Christian churches). It's unfortunate that even in retirement he still has a forum to attack the Church, and sow seeds of poisonous doubts and subversive thoughts in the minds of Christians, especially Catholics. As a Catholic reader, I could not enjoy the book due to the feelings of disgust I felt everytime Joshua went into one of his heretical spiels, or another clergyman was introduced (predictably) as a faithless despot who lords it over his cringing flock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom on Jan. 26 2001
Format: Hardcover
Any such attempt as this to describe what it would be like if Jesus were to be here on this earth in a contemporary setting (although He is sacramentally) is difficult and most likely hedges on being dangerous.
Christians are tied to the revealed truths of God in His revelation alone, a doctrine the historic Christian church has known as "the sufficiency" of Scripture (see Acts 20:27; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Luke 16:29). Hence there are no deficiencies in the Bible to be supplied by Girzone or anyone.
This wonderful sufficiency of Scripture applied to Girzone's opinions of Jesus' reaction to our modern spiritual situation thus justly allows us to critique his conclusions concerning this by seeing how well they stack up against the Biblical record, especially that of the Gospels.
A careful examination and comparison of this book to that of what the Bible teaches about Jesus notices an astonishing lack of any clear statement of the Gospel, the fundamental and only reason God became incarnate as a human! Joshua makes no such proclamation of His coming "to serve and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matt.20:28). Also, glaringly void is any mention of Himself in His favorite way as either the Son of Man of the Son of God. Here, Joshua speaks in generalities which suggest more of moral flavor than Jesus' concentration on the kingdom of heaven and forgiveness of sins. Also disheartening is Girzone's total vacuum of Scripture coming from the Lord's mouth.
In fairness, it must be commended to Girzone for his sensitivity to aiding the poor and unfortunate of this world, and his exposure of his own church body's concentration on works righteousness and spiritual hierachy.
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