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Overview The author distills the picture of Jesus presented in the Gospels into a distinctly human presence, showing how Jesus' contemporaries saw him as a person and how readers can follow his teachings in their lives
Publishers Description There are countless paths to follow when seeking spiritual guidance, but thousands of years of religion and theology cannot replace the premier example that Jesus himself set. In "A Portrait of Jesus, " bestselling writer Joseph Girzone recaptures the truth of Jesus that is presented in the Gospels and gives a compelling vision of the person Jesus' contemporaries must have known. In his most powerful work yet, Girzone seeks to personify Christ in the minds of readers by asking some simple questions: "What did people see in Jesus as he walked down the street? How did he approach others and what would these people take away from meeting him? What do his actions tell us about how we can live our lives today?" It is Girzone's empowering and loving understanding of the heart of Christianity that will make "A Portrait of Jesus" a groundbreaking classic in the tradition of his bestselling books, "Joshua" and "Never Alone."
"From the Hardcover edition."
Citations And Professional Reviews A Portrait of Jesus by Joseph F. Girzone has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 106
Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 219
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 80
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.23" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 14, 1999
ISBN 0385484771 ISBN13 9780385484770
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More About Joseph F. Girzone
Father Joseph Girzone (born 1930) is an American writer, and most notable as the author of the Joshua series. Girzone was born in Albany, New York, to parents Peter and Margaret Girzone. He entered the Carmelite Order in 1948 and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1955.
After serving as pastor for various New York churches, he retired from the active priesthood in 1981 for health reasons. Following his retirement, he embarked on a second career as a full-time writer and speaker.
Joseph Girzone now lives in Altamont, New York.
In 1995 he established the Joshua Foundation, "an organization dedicated to making Jesus better known throughout the world."
Joseph F. Girzone currently resides in Albany, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Portrait of Jesus?
Disappointed Jan 18, 2008
Unfortunately this book has several problems. First of all, there are several misquoted Scripture references, wrong book or chapter, etc. Then, he paraphrased Scriptures (according to Girzone's interpretation) which are completely in error, changing meaning, etc. He often simply failed to give the Scripture reference at all. As to the writing, the book is extremely repetitious in a monologue, not a story. And then he introduced Catholic Church beliefs that get into areas that are not at all helpful in his area of painting a portrait of Jesus and make the book hard to follow.
Jesus as Your Friend Sep 18, 2006
While studying the life of Jesus, few Christians look at the life of Jesus from a psychological perspective. We know why Jesus came to Earth and we understand why he did many of the things that he did. Looking at the big picture of the life of Jesus and the way he did things, we are able to see a new perspective on His life. Joseph Girzone does a beautiful job of capturing that in this book.
The stories in the Bible are just a small sample of the life of Jesus. Yet we know that the divine plan limited the stories to what are in the Gospels for a good reason. For example, Girzone notes the time Jesus spends in the Gospels speaking out against the high priests and Pharisees. Why? They were more based in enforcing rules and laws that St. Paul called unbearable. There are more important things than following laws. The compassion that Jesus shows to sinners is more important than casting out and punishing sinners. Jesus never turned any person away because of their sins. If we are judged according to the law, we all fail. By our humble attempts at living a Christian life and giving our life to God, we live a more pleasing life than the Pharisees.
This is just a small sample of the portrait painted in this book by Girzone. This is a book that gave me a new perspective on the life of Jesus that I would highly recommend.
Is "your" Jesus a casual, friendly savior? Apr 23, 2006
I'm a conservative evangelical Christian, but I was raised in a very Roman Catholic area of the country. Therefore, I've been familiar with Joseph Girzone for years. He gives Catholicism a good name and I highly respect him. I've always been a fan of his most well known work - the book Joshua. And thought I'd read this book entitled A Portrait of Jesus.
Girzone is accurate in stating that we study theology and scripture, but fail to "study" Jesus. Many seminaries and Christian universities have all kinds of classes about the Bible, theology and scripture - but what about a class simply about Jesus? It is lacking! Simply by closely looking at the life of Jesus in the Gospels, there is so much we can learn about Him! This is the approach Girzone takes in this book.
Jesus' activities, routines, approaches (etc) if closely examined reveal much about who Jesus was as a person. For example - Jesus was frequently a guest in people's homes, attended dinner parties, weddings, and other social events. Jesus was a casual, easy-going guy. He mixed mostly with the everyday, working people. And he frequently mixed with those considered the "sinners" in his Jewish culture. We modern day evangelical Christians would NEVER go to some of the places Jesus went or mix with some of the people Jesus mixed with (That would be too "worldly"! Gasp!) Hmmm... where are our priorities? Are we putting people first or last? Are we more concerned with our reputation and appearance than with loving people and showing them the way to the Savior? Many Christians today (of all denominations) have become like the pharisees - more concerned with outward appearances than our inward spiritual life. Jesus put people first and was more concerned with the inside than the outside. Jesus met people "where they were" on their spiritual path. He didn't expect more than they could give at the stage they were at spiritually...He was patient with them. These are some of the many excellent points in this book!
However, I do have a few mild criticisms: Although I am all for Christian unity, Girzone takes ecumenicalism too far. He also mentions several distinct Roman Catholic doctrines which I do not agree with. (One instance: He gives the example of how Mary asked Jesus to help when they ran out of wine at a wedding - as a good example of Mary being a mediator. And how we can ask Mary today to mediate for us. This, in my opinion, is a "grasping at straws",really desperate attempt to find something in the Bible that indicates Mary can mediate for us. It is simply not there. But numerous scriptures do clearly proclaim Jesus Christ as the only mediator for mankind.)
The book is also repetitive at times. For instance, two different parts in the book give a very similar (some parts almost word for word!) spiel about how Catholic Priests should be permitted to get married and have families. It seems one of these should have been edited out! Several other places in the book seemed repetitive as well.
But, overall, this was a worthwhile book! Depending on your background, this book will probably give you a refreshing new look at Jesus. Perhaps a Jesus you never knew until now. Is "your" Jesus a casual, friendly savior?
Girzone is an appealingly honest spiritual person Sep 27, 2005
My wife and I had discovered Girzone's books during a period of questioning, finding considerable refreshment in his candid and insightful way to look at service to God. Then, we heard he was going to speak at a local retreat. Sometimes I an somewhat apprehensive in learning more about someone, as they might not turn out to be the genuine article they seem to be. But, I was not disappointed: Joseph Girzone is a quiet but outgoing gentleman, with a twinkle in his eye, who was able to hold us spellbound with his insight into the personality of Jesus. Girzone is able to look beyond the dogma in scripture and discern the major character traits in his subject (Jesus). This talk, given several years ago, was in essence the content of this book: A Portrait of Jesus. The major theme of this book, which is an extension of his earlier books, is that Jesus was a joyful person, who would have been not only charismatic but fun to be around. Girzone is able to bring out the humanity in the Son of God. In my opinion this approach has more evangelical power than any hellfire and brimstone sermon. Girzone's thinking is cross-cultural and non-denominational. Non-Catholics, indeed non-Christians, of a spiritual bent will find themselves drawn to Girzone's straight-forward views of Jesus.
The Jesus I always felt in my heart. Nov 18, 2003
This wonderful book validates the feelings I have always carried with me about the true nature of Jesus. Joseph Girzone has the unique talent to put the essence of his thoughts and his experiences as a former priest in a form that everyone understands and goes straight to the heart of the matter. Over the years, raised in a Catholic environment that was more concerned with dogma, guilt and the collection plate, I have been able to maintain my faith in Jesus since I have always felt him to be fully understanding of the human condition. While I have studied and explored other religions and philosophies, the essense of the true religions seemed to get lost in the practice of rules organized religion devised in order to "bind the hands and feet" of the believer in fear and guilt. This book tells me that I have been following the right path for a long time, that Jesus understands me, my feelings and loves me unconditionally. In his book Fr. Girzone addresses the changes that have to occur in order to keep the faithful in the church. Personally I communicate best with my maker when I am walking alone like Jesus did in a forest, on a beach, somewhere in nature or in the company of true friends. Thank you Fr. Joe for writing this book and putting so much of yourself into its contents. In the face of the strict rules of organized religion, especially the Catholic Church, that cannot have been easy for you but you followed your conscience and did it anyhow; very well at that. Keep those books coming, we need them badly during these stressful and confusing times.