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A Parable for Today

Joseph Girzone

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Simon & Schustername

Published : 1995

Copyright : Joseph Girzone 1983

ISBN-10 : PB 0-684-81346-7
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0684-81346-2

Publisher's Write-Up

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 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, the local religious leaders confront Joshua.

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Review by Jason (290608) Rating (9/10)

Review by Jason
Rating 9/10
As a reader with very little extra time on my hands, I pick the books I read with very careful consideration. This book was not my first choice, it was given to me as a gift. This book was written by a retired Catholic Priest and I thought that the book would be full of rhetoric about the Catholic Church. I was wrong. This book is not 'preachy' but an account of what it would be like if Jesus came back today and the trials he would face.

Joseph Girzone, in spite of the influence the Catholic Church may play in his life, has managed to write a book without bias. It is a wonderful account of something all Christians are hoping for. It makes you think about the way you are living and the way you worship. I highly recommend this book for anyone.
Jason (29th June 2008)

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