Item description for Joshua and the Children (Joshua Series V2) by Joseph F. Girzone...
Overview The simple, humane hero, Joshua, arrives in a village torn by partisan strife where his philosophy of caring and acceptance gains praise from some and hostility from others bent on bloodshed
Publishers Description The Story Continues... Joseph F. Girzone has woven another magical story, a modern-day parable, in "Joshua and the Children, " which gracefully continues the teachings and inspirations from his previous bestseller, "Joshua." A stronger Joshua arrives in a deceptively ordinary village only to witness the doings of unscrupulous leaders and violent people. The children are the first to recognize that something is quite different about this stranger who has come seemingly from nowhere. It is through the villagers' children that Joshua is able to restore a sense of peacefulness and honesty. "A new day had dawned, a new spirit spread throughout the land, and it all seemed to have happened because of the simple, unassuming goodness of one gentle stranger who knew only how to love."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1995
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0684813459 ISBN13 9780684813455
Availability 0 units.
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 Children (Joshua Series V2)?
A Beautiful Story Sep 10, 2005
Many will suggest that Joseph Girzone is a bit too simplistic in his writing. That is probably his one flaw. In "Joshua and the Children", we find Joshua modeling Jesus's commandment that we all should model the innocence of a child. While the plot is predictable, this does not make it less heat-warming.
The main character of the book Joshua, is a modern incarnation of Jesus. In this second book in the series, Joshua arrives in a small town divided by conflict between Catholics and Protestants. Although it is not explicitly mentioned, the use of words like "tavern" and "pub" suggest the story is set in Ireland. By making the children of the town put aside their differences and unite, Joshua pacifies the conflict until the radical religious groups plot Joshua's demise. Only when Joshua is no longer around do the radicals and all other members of the community realize the specialness of Joshua's presence.
The writing of the book may be targeted at a younger audience, but I believe any Christian can appreciate this book. I look forward to reading other books in the series. I do believe that the first "Joshua" may be more enjoyable to older readers.
A Model to Live By Mar 21, 2003
This book was fantastic. It was the first of several books by Girzone. It was inspirational in several captions but the prayer sequence where Joshua was praying with his arms outstretched seemed to demonstrate the nature in which we all need to stretch towards God. His simple acts of kindness were all that Jesus ever did. A kind word, a moment of rest or a genuine smile is what Jesus offered as a basic part of life -- we forget that. This is the best of the Girzone books in my opinion - it's probably the impact of the children -- but a great book.
Great book Feb 25, 2003
All the books by Fathe Girzone are great. This, "Joshua and the Children," is one of th emany good ones in the series. I highly recommend this. He's a great writer, writing from the heart great stories about people meeting Jesus.
Protestants vs. Catholics Jun 16, 2001
Here is an educational little book set in violence prone North Ireland. Joshua sets up his current mission in a village currently divided by the hatred between Catholics and Protestants. Considering the adults a "lost cause" concerning their attitudes, Joshua targets the children as an instrument for change. How would Jesus deal with the violence in Northern Ireland? Read this book and find out!
Inspiration...is the end result Jul 3, 2000
After reading the second installment in the Joshua series, I still continue to be moved and inspired by the character of Joshua. Mr.Girzone's wonderful summations of the teachings of Jesus, coupled with its modern-day setting, create an identification with this character that is sure to wrangle any sheep that haven't found their way, or have previously strayed from the flock...Christian, or otherwise. He breaks it down so that the essence of Christ's universal teachings is what one comes away with...Love, Forgiveness, Peace... I will say, though, that from a literary standpoint, I felt the ending to this story was somewhat forced, or adapted a little too "conveniently" to the correlating Gospel teachings, thereby subtly overshadowing the impact of the events which transpired in the novel. Perhaps the parallel was overtly issued for the sake of those not familiar with the scriptures and teachings of the New Testament. But the point is made, and the characters in the book are ultimately better for it. I would also like to see more of the vernacular mindset of the local townsfolk in the two stories I've read thusfar- (the first being "Joshua: A Parable for Today"- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). There are occasionally stiff and overly polite personalities that could use a good shaking in their constitutions and speech patterns, once in a while. I'd personally enjoy experiencing more of the intonations and colors of the people about whom Mr.Girzone seems to have so much insight on. But above all...I will say that my understanding and reverence of Jesus and his mission have been amplified to a level for which I must thank you, Mr. Girzone. The personal, Spiritual Renaissance I've undergone can be heavily attributed to the impact your novels have had on me. Again, thank you, and God Bless.