Tells the story of Joshua, the simple, hardworking man who does beautiful carpentry and has an extraordinary effect on everyone he meets, transforming them with warmth and lovePublishers Description
Rooted in a scrupulously accurate reading of scripture, "Joshua" is a profoundly moving, deeply inspiring book that no reader will ever forget.""
Sometimes it happens. After two thousand years, the human race may be given a second chance.
When Joshua moves to a small cabin on the edge of town, the local people are mystified by his presence. A quiet and simple man, Joshua appears to seek nothing for himself. He supports himself by working as a carpenter. He charges very little for his services, yet his craftsmanship is exquisite. The statue of Moses that he carves for the local synagogue prompts amazement as well as consternation.
What are the townsfolk to make of this enigmatic stranger? Some people report having seen him carry a huge cherry log on his shoulders effortlessly. Still others talk about the child in a poor part of town who was dreadfully ill but, after Joshua's visit, recovered completely.
Despite his benevolence and selfless work in the community, some remain suspicious. Finally, in an effort to address the community's doubts, Joshua is confronted by the local church leaders.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.64"
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1995
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Availability 65 units.
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Father Joseph F. Girzone retired from the active priesthood in 1986 for health reasons. He then began a writing career that includes the following titles: Joshua and the Children, Joshua in the Holy Land, The Shepherd, and Kara, the Lonely Falcon.
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|A modern day Jesus story Jan 11, 2007|
| What a great book. I loved how Joshua explained how God views denominations and what they really do to our relationship with Him. Joshua is a modern day Jesus, who speaks with Godly insight, and the book shows how he probably would be treated today. This is a great and easy read and I have purchased this book for and recommended it to friends and family.|
|a book worth sending to a friend Jan 7, 2007|
|I found this book to be motivating and inspiring. I have shared it with those from other faith backgrounds. They, too, feel the message is universal.|
|Was Joshua Truly A Man Of God? Nov 12, 2006|
|Auburn is a small hamlet in this ficitonal parable about a man of God, or one who was close to it. There were six churches in that small place, predominately Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian, which you will find everywhere and anywhere. It was a tightly knit community which did not accept strangers in their midst. Most had been there since childhood and had nice relationships with each other. You had to have lived there more than fifteen years not be to classified as a stranger.|
Thus, this unassuming man named Joshua moved into a small cottage on the outskirts of the town and was the focus of everyone's opinion and the talk of the village. The mailman was the first to enter the workshop to see the exquisite wood carvings and statues which Joshua mastered. He mad a wood statue of Moses for a synagogue. His carvings of the apostel Peter for the Episcopal and Pentecostal churches were admired, and made him an icon of sorts. Joshua made a lot of people happy with his good sense of humor, and that was a wonderful thing. He kept to himself with his work; everyone has a right to live in peace. Until, he tried to be a modern Christ but did not succeed. He tried to unify the different congregations including the Catholic and Lutheran, which anyone with any sense knows is impossible. He didn't put on airs or act like a snob, just an ordinary person who seemed to have miraculous powers like the Joshua in the Bible.
It was well known that Joshua frequented the liquor store, which caused some consternation. He seemed religious but why the need for spirits of that sort to create his magic religious symbols and to keep on an even keel. Joshu was told that his attitude lacked the docility and humanity which befits a Christian layman, that in the future he would do well to cultivate virtues for the benefit of the soul and the edification of his fellow Christians. Word spread of the final days of Joshua and the hearts of many were soothed or grieved at the end of that summer he spent among them.
Joshua's memory would linger in their lives as a marvelous messenger of God (?) Though this novel is fictional, it is moving and feels very Biblical. He went as he came as a mystery who'd touched all of their lives in one way or another. We need more "real" Joshuas in our world of constant turmoil. There are such people in our lives who are truly compassionate and hold no grudges, but we should all strive to follow their example as much as we can. We're all different, with different beliefs, religious and otherwise, but need to learn to live in peace -- not just in Auburn (a fictional community).
This book was the beginning of a whole series about the Joshuas of Mr. Girzone's imagination. It's been ten years and there are several followups, but nothing can match this first and most important introduction to a modern apostle.
|Joshua Nov 9, 2006|
|"Joshua" is a very inspiring book about a man who epitomizes the traits and character of Jesus. In fact, the reader will probably infer after reading a few pages, that the author's intent is to show Jesus and how he would act and react to the many situations developed in a very insightful way by Girzone. It is, in a way, a mystery which keeps the reader spell-bound until the last page. I highly recommend this book to anyone.|
|This is the Christ I know Nov 4, 2006|
|This is a simple book about a modern day person named Joshua. Joshua happens to be a carpenter. The parallels to Christ don't end there. I won't go into the details of the story but it is worth your time and money. This book is simple enough for a child to read and has enough meaning for any adult. I usually buy many copies of the book in order to give them away. I give it to the non-Christian and tell them, "This is the Christ I know." Unfortunately the message of Christ is often muddled by Christians listening to their head instead of their heart. I also give it to the Christian and ask them to read it and pass it on to a non-Christian.|
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