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The fourth installment in the Joshua series, Joshua and the City reaches some encouraging and very important conclusions. In an urban community where poverty, senseless violence, racism and AIDS seem like insurmountable problems, Joshua manages to sow seeds of renewal with his words of love. He reaches out to every person with transforming openness, showing how to regenerate the city and bring about undreamed - of economic revitalization. Yet, many other problems remain that money cannot help. And it is, most importantly, to these that Joshua address his healing message. In a world of despairing doubt, Joshua and the City gives the reader hopeful answers that lead toward peace and understanding.
Publishers Description The fourth installment in the Joshua series, "Joshua and the City" reaches some encouraging and very important conclusions. In an urban community where poverty, senseless violence, racism, and AIDS seem like insurmountable problems, Joshua manages to sow seeds of renewal with his words of love. He reaches out to every person with transforming openness, showing how to regenerate the city and bring about undreamed-of economic revitalization. Yet many other problems remain that money cannot help. And it is, most importantly, to these that Joshua addresses his healing message. In a world of despairing doubt, "Joshua and the City "gives the reader hopeful answers that lead toward peace and understanding.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.23" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 17, 1996
ISBN 0385485697 ISBN13 9780385485692
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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 Joshua and the City?
Theologically Unsound Jul 25, 2006
Having read Joshua and enjoyed it, I snapped this up when I found it. Though the story was okay, I was disappointed in the book, overall. As others have stated, the writing was clumsy - a bit amateurish. The characterization of these inner-city residents was not believable. Still, wading through the less-than-stellar writing would have been worth it for the sake of a really good story. The bigger issue is that the theology presented in the book is atrociously unbiblical. The last thing we need is one more universalist, but that is just what we get in this story. Worse, we get a JESUS who is universalist. What a grievous misrepresentation of the King of kings and Lord of lords! Repeatedly, Joshua equates Yahweh and Allah, Islam and Christianity. Politically correct but Biblically INcorrect, this book is going in the garbage.
Joshua in the Inner City May 6, 2006
While the plot of "Joshua" books by this stage of the series is somewhat predictable, the concept can not fade. Taking on the problems of the inner city, Joshua takes a road that politicians often forget. The poor have pride and want an opportunity to work when it is provided. Society as a whole benefits when more people are working.
In "Joshua in the City", we see the main character in a city that seems to be a pretty obvious take on New York. Joshua begins his encounters in the poor black sections of the city meeting two brothers. He teaches these brothers a trade that impacts the rest of the book almost as much as the other key relationship. When He united Charlene and Jana, He meets Joshua's husband Daniel. Daniel, who is a millionaire, funds the urban building project on which the book is centered.
Joshua predictably encounters ememies and makes many converts as the book continues. But when he gets to speak to Congress, does he make them converts?
Fans of the series are likely to enjoy this book. It is not the best book in the series, but it does leave an impression. I would more accurately give it 4 1/2 stars.
Joshua Series Apr 25, 2006
You don't have to be a Theologin to appreciate the series of Joshua. Faith has nothing to do with it. If we simply research the writings of Christ and verify the facts we'd see. Therefore, reading about a Christ like figure should not give people disdain feelings. If Christ was to come back today amongst us as in the Bible we would see simialar events as in every Joshua seried writing. Therefore, we should not feel some state of nausea or that we've been cheated by a fairytale.. To me Joshua and the City along with the rest of Father J. Grizone's books are uplifting and beautiful in it's depictions of all things that are good in this world.
Just what I needed Sep 16, 2005
I was a little skeptic about this book , but somehow I was drawn to the cash register and I bought it thinking that I could always return it. Well.. it took me only 2 days to read it. And that was only because work was in the way. There were many times when a few tears came to my eyes , because Joshua seem to resemble the Jesus , or the image of God that we all seek in our hearts. I highly recomend this book, to anyone who is seeking reassurance that Jesus and His father are always next to us, watching our every move , as we unfold the plan that our maker has had for us since the beginning of everything.
A little too sermony; but still good. May 1, 2003
I fully enjoyed the movie Joshua which led me to buy this book on tape. I am glad I have it. It only cost me a few bucks; but now, these were my disappointments: I thought the movie Joshua had a too propagandic ending and thought that it should have been cut. The book was far worse, and actually on occasion out right interrupted the story line to tell the reader what was right and what was wrong about religion and life in a sermon style. Okay so that was my first big disappointment. Second was: this spun a whole fairy tale world around Joshua that was so outrages I couldn't even believe it for a fairy tale. But I still did and still do enjoy the book just be ware of some propaganda.