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Overview Joshua returns to the town where he first appeared two decades earlier to bring a message of peace and tranquillity to people living in fear of the millennium. Reprint.
Publishers Description The countdown to the year 2000 affected people in different ways -- some were curious, others anxious, and still others panicked. Amid this atmosphere of uncertainty, a quiet solitary man comes again to the tiny town of Auburn. This carpenter, known as Joshua, first arrived nearly two decades earlier and transformed everyone with his words of peace and actions of love. However, in the years since he left, many of his friends have died and a generation has grown up not knowing him. Now, with the new millenium on the horizon, Joshua reassures everyone by reminding them of the lessons he left them with years before. He explains that God is love, not some monster waiting for people to make one false move and then punish them. But when an immense earthquake strikes just before the new year, and other "signs of the apocalypse" seem to abound, Joshua realizes that his wisdom much reach beyond this small town in order to help people throughout the rest of the world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.38" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Oct 17, 2000
ISBN 0385495102 ISBN13 9780385495103
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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: The Homecoming?
Joshua Across America Jul 12, 2007
Although the title of the book is somewhat deceiving in that Joshua's homecoming to the book's original setting is short, I felt this book returned more closely to the original formula of the series. While "Joshua and the City" seemed to be recycling themes in a new location and "Joshua and the Shepard" seemed to be more of a vehicle for Girzone to forward his views on the state of the ministry, this book sees the Joshua character returned to the people. With the panic of the new millennium reaching its peak, Joshua visits several cultures of American society reminding them that Jesus is the way.
Many will recall the hysteria of a new millennium and the belief that a round number would equate to the end of the world. This is a major reason for the popularity of the "Left Behind" series and others like it. Joshua continually repeats the theme that "the world will not end until His Father's creation reaches its perfection." Some reviewers will object to Girzone contradicting the book of Revelations. However, much like "Left Behind", this is fiction. Further, Girzone qualifies his work in the last sentence: "After All He is God: it is not our perogative to restrict His freedom to our interpretation of scripture."
As Joshua crosses the American landscape, he defuses a cult, visits remarkable church leaders, sees the death of the pope, and watches San Francisco fall into the ocean. Girzone was not trying to predict the future in these passages, only employing images that are feasible to us.
Girzone makes Jesus into an empathetic human in the Joshua character. Often the image of an angry, vengeful God are too common and frighten people from the church. Girzone is obviously very liberal in many of his Christian ideas which may turn off some readers. Others will find his take refreshing. The tone of the series is dynamic as the Joshua character would grow stale if Joshua stayed in the same city from the first book and repeated many of the same scenarios. However with two more additions in the series since this book, even I would like the series to cease before it loses its sense of novelty and jeopardizes the standing of any other works of Girzone.
Joshua The Homecoming Jul 21, 2003
My mother gave me this book when it was first published in 1999. In all honesty, I thought it was the original book "Joshua" by Joseph Girzone. Since I had already read the original I didn't bother picking it up until now. I am doing this review for my English 101 class and I thought, since it had been quite some time since I read "Joshua" that I would read it again.
I am at a point in my life that I needed a spiritual uplifting and I knew the book had provided me with this before. I was completely taken by surprise when I started the first page and realized this was a continuation of the Joshua story. It did indeed give me the uplifting that I was expecting. It also gave me a new insight in to thoughts on the Bible and "The End Time".
I especially enjoyed when Joshua was speaking with the elders of The Church of God in Christ about the Bible. He says: "To go back to the book alone is to deny the Holy Spirit's two thousand years of guidance, and all the growth in understanding that has taken place in those two thousand years." (p. 152) I do believe in reading the Bible, and I don't believe that Mr. Girzone is implying that we should not read it, but that this should not be the sole source of our Christianity. I also enjoyed Mr. Girzone's description of "The End Time", something that has entered my mind on many occasions. He says that the world will not end, by God's hand, until "His creation is perfected." (p. 26) and "if evil things happen, it will be the work of human beings, not the work of my Father." (p. 26)
I am very grateful this assignment came up because I would have probably left the book in my closet a lot longer than I have. I would recommend this book to everyone. Especially those that might need a more clear understanding of a loving, compassionate, and forgiving God. It has been an excellent read for me and it provided me everything, and more, that I was looking for in spirituality. I thank you Mr. Girzone, for sharing your wonderful insight.
Joshua No More. May 24, 2002
I have read all the books in the Joshua series and a couple other books Joseph Girzone has written. My favorites are JOSHUA and JOSHUA AND THE CHILDREN. JOSHUA AND THE CHILDREN really moved me and affected me deeply, giving me a deeper appreciation for the finer things in life. I was really looking forward to reading JOSHUA THE HOMECOMING, the latest book in the series.
What a huge disappointment! The Joshua of JOSHUA THE HOMECOMING is not the same Joshua who appears in the other books in the series. The author says he is, but he's not really. No, the Joshua in this book is really just a puppet that the author uses to express his own beliefs and philosophies, some of which are not even Biblical. Now, there's nothing wrong with an author using a character he has created to spew forth the author's beliefs. However, Joshua isn't just some character. Joshua is supposed to be Jesus. Jesus isn't just a character and he shouldn't be treated as such.What made the first few Joshua books so enjoyable, memorable, and meaningful is that Joshua was Jesus. Girzone seems to have forgotten that. Instead, Joshua has become a mouthpiece of Joseph Girzone.
No longer does Joshua hide the identity of who he is, but now he lets people in on the "messianic secret" sometimes even telling them point blank who he really is. Not only that, but this Joshua claims that the Bible really isn't God-breathed but is an embellishment made by men. According to this Joshua: the claims of Christ about when the world would end aren't true and a prophecy might never reach it's fulfillment; macro-evolution is a fact of life; and we should all be blindly listening to scientists because they are the new prophets. This is just a sample of the teachings from the new Joshua.
I enjoyed reading all the other Joshua books, but JOSHUA THE HOMECOMING was a struggle to get through. The book isn't very long and the language is simple, yet it drags. Instead of caring what was going on with the story, I found myself wondering how long the book was going to drag. What a disappointment.
get's the message across Apr 9, 2002
This is one of those rare books that has a message so well delivered, using a story for that message that is warm and interesting that one may overlook any minor technical problems or lack of sophistication. A good read.
Confused. Oct 19, 2000
I was given this book to read by a friend, who loved its content and was uplifted by its story.
While I do indeed agree that the path to G-d is a personal relationship, talking to Him as your "Daddy", I have real problems with other sections.
The fact that the author states that there will be no "end times", that all that is happenings around us are natural events, and that as a loving father, G-d will not "play tricks on His children" is just one of the areas I cannot swallow. If this is the case then what the author seems to be saying is that the book of Revelation is a lie or fabrication. Also, the statements on pages 196 - 198 which contain references to the "Hebrew Scriptures" are insulting. He states that "most of those (the Hebrew scriptures) accounts were embellished by the storytellers. As stories were passed down from generation to generation, around the campfires, the were expanded on", and "Whenever anything happened in nature to those simple people, it was G-d who did it." I should be so lucky to be one of those "simple people" and live in the actual presence of G-d every day. Excuse me, is the author now saying that the Bible is not the inspired word of G-d? That it is as the atheists have said a fake, a fantasy? Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) himself stated that nothing should be added or subtracted from G-d's word for then it would no longer be G-d's word but the work of man. The author seems to have forgotten that Yeshua himself taught from this "embellished" Hebrew Scripture or the fact that He was one of these "simple" Hebrew people. Perhaps we can gain insight as to why this man is no longer in the priesthood.
G-d is indeed in control of everything and nothing is outside of His authority. But He is NOT the Good Humor Man. He is the creator. He will NOT let His creation drift too far from its creator before He steps in and makes His sovereignty known. He WILL step in, and to those who do not call upon His name, it will be frightening indeed. As it was in the time of Noah and of Sodom and Gomorrah. These times are not a dirty trick on His children, He has warned us in HIS book. Complete and perfect in content and meaning.