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Overview The former priest and best-selling Christian author chronicles his own struggle to come to terms with his faith, detailing his years of searching and critical thinking that gave him the courage to embrace his beliefs and develop an intimate relationship with God.
Publishers Description The author of the bestselling Joshua series and other popular inspirational books chronicles his own spiritual journey and describes with stunning honesty the difficult decisions he made along the way. Joseph Girzone has attracted a tremendous following with his series of novels that imagine Jesus living in the contemporary world. His nonfiction writings and talks on spirituality have affected audiences around the world. Girzone's ability to capture the meaning of faith in simple, direct language is more apparent than ever in this moving book about his personal journey through a dark night of the soul. In "My Struggle with Faith," Girzone recounts the long, complicated, and often painful process he went though as he sought to find peace with his beliefs. He writes about hard decisions that set him on unexpected paths and about the immense feelings of loneliness he experienced in making those choices. In thoughtful and thought-provoking reflections he brings to life the years of searching and the deep, critical thinking that gave him the courage to embrace his beliefs, opening a world of excitement and adventure for him. In writing about what his beliefs have meant to him and about the intimate relationship with God that has sustained and guided him, Girzone illuminates the universal human struggle to find meaning in life. "My Struggle with Faith" offers readers insights, inspiration, and encouragement to follow their beliefs and create a more meaningful spiritual life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 18, 2007
ISBN 0385517130 ISBN13 9780385517133
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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.
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Prescribed Reading for the Modern Day Faithful May 10, 2007
What is faith and what does it mean to us? No matter what the denominational title or popularity, one fact remains undeniable; every person of any kind of faith today must find within themselves what their faith means to them as well as discovering their own reason for holding their beliefs. Esteemed author of "Joshua" and retired catholic priest Joseph Girzone recounts his own questions, doubts, & perplexities facing his own faith with his latest praiseworthy read aptly titled "My Struggle With Faith".
If you're skeptical of reading a spiritual book written by a priest, possibly under the impression Girzone's book is 29 chapters of a Sunday sermon, the vivaciously surprising structure and substance of book will most likely appease even non Christians alike. He approaches the two thousand year old theology with many questions all of us ask sometime in our lifetimes; from questioning if God exists or just who really was Jesus. His unique down-to-earth frankness, in which no subject affecting the church today is not touched upon; from fundamental spiritual questioning of how the Universe was created to contemporary church issues such as priest celibacy or marriage and divorce, are of invaluably important to be addressed in the modern day age.
Captivating and clear cut, Father Girzone's book is easy to read and asks provocative questions about our faith today. His questioning and deepened understanding of his faith will undoubtedly awaken you to understand yours. If we begin to address our own questions or demurrals it will strengthen the conviction of why we believe at all.
Not for everyone, but it was very good for me Jan 31, 2007
Prior to reading My Struggle with Faith, I had been familiar with the "Joshua" character by Father Girzone. I came to learn about this book through an excerpt appearing in another publication, which piqued my interest in purchasing this book. I had also read some online comments (both good and bad) about Girzone and his other works and thought I'd experience him on my own.
The book is not for everyone, especially not for those who don't like their age-old beliefs challenged. Girzone brings many thought-provoking questions (and good answers) to the discussion. He explores his questions in ways that aren't available to many Christians, namely, through extensive examination of Scripture, the early Fathers, even Reformation writings, and finally his own experience.
The chapters are nicely organized and the book progresses along a steady pace from early issues in childhood through the more complicated challenges in his priesthood and ministry, and those which face all of us in this day and age.
The best advice is to approach the book with an open mind and let Girzone take you where he wants you to go. You can decide later if that is where you need to be. Even if it isn't, the next leg of the journey might be the exact turning point you were looking for! That kept me going throughout.
The book helped me recognize that I have not been traveling on a well-worn path, but it has been, at least, a path on which others have journeyed. That reassurance came at an opportune time for me. His descriptions of his experiences hit home with me - often the exact thoughts I had had.
My take-away from the book is that we are all on our way to "The Way." The frustrations he experienced along his way to The Way enabled me to examine my own frustrations in a new light, and to put in perspective the challenges facing the people I encounter each day.
Spiritual insights Aug 28, 2006
It helped me to better understand why I believe in Jesus, rather than church
Mostly interesting for Catholics, including the estranged... Aug 28, 2006
I wasn't familiar with Girzone's other books at all when I snatched this title from my public library's new book shelf last week. Also, I am a former Catholic (ages 20-40) who has been inactive for 20 years. However, I have lately been interested in autobiographical or academic books about the value of faith, and this volume fits into my recent reading. I found the second half more compelling than the opening part of the memoir, but I'm glad I read this. Girzone, a "retired" priest (rare in these days of shortages), is not afraid to criticize the human failings of Catholic clergy and laiety, and indeed, the flaws of Protestant institutions and believers as well. However, he also argues for the validity of the founding documents of what became the Catholic Church. He tells us that one does not blame the pure water of faith just because the rusty human buckets to whom God has to entrust it leak and spill and soil it. I think another recent book, "What Jesus Meant" by fellow Catholic Garry Wills, is even better than "My Struggle With Faith" but this site seekers looking up this title probably are going to enjoy both of them.