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A Portrait of Jesus

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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 kn

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Published April 14th 2009 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published September 15th 1998)
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Gabriella Gabriel
Mar 06, 2015 Gabriella Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book literally changed my life! I read it shortly before deciding to return to church. Joseph Girzone introduces the reader to Jesus in a way that makes Him completely accessible. As a man that was truly a Savior to all and spread the message of tolerance and love and acceptance not only in words but by actions as well. I think for me, seeing Jesus in a more human way made me feel closer to Him on a spiritual level.
Jul 20, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Published in 1999.

Retired Catholic priest Joseph F. Girzone is most famous for his 1983 book Joshua (which also became a movie) which features Jesus coming to a modern-day American small town and the influence he has just be being himself - no great announcements, just Jesus being Jesus.

A Portrait of Jesus builds on that same idea but it looks at what the New Testament records about the life of Jesus and how he related to everyone around him. Girzone writes movingly about how Jesus pre
Oct 23, 2007 Ty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t expect to learn anything theological about Jesus from this book. Although it gives an interesting perspective of Jesus, it leaves one wondering if Jesus was more than just a nice guy. Because the book is called ‘A Portrait of Christ’, I suppose Joseph Girzone was trying only to ‘portray’ Jesus’ compassion and kindness. Obviously compassion and kindness are important characteristic of Jesus, however, without emphasizing somewhere in the book (in a forward or preface at least) that Jesus is ...more
A brief book, kind and soothing, which is the hallmark of Fr. Girzone. In this nonfiction rumination, Fr. Grizone tries to imagine what Jesus must have been like to those who knew him 2,000 years ago. Unsurprisingly, this Jesus is peaceful, serene, humorous, and very human. Jesus is a Rorschach Test: people see in him what they would like to see, and for Fr. Girzone, Jesus is compassionate, loving, wise, and more interesting in healing people than following laws. I have to say, having now read a ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I like everything I have read by Girzone (and so has my mom)
Jun 06, 2016 MVV rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An outstanding explanation of the character and kindness of God as expressed through the life of Jesus. This book is so well written, I actually wept during some passages explaining the loving kindness of God toward people. Girzone's depiction of God as expressed through Christ is the God I choose to worship, and the God I know exists. This God merits my obedience, my devotion, and my commitment.

Note: Just read this book again in February of 2016. Loved it again. I plan on reading this book ever
Feb 16, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in the Teachings of Jesus and acquiring a deeper and more personal understanding of what He was like, how he lived ... this is a must read. An exquisite writing, heartfelt and touching. Girzone writes the most simple, but eloquent books about Jesus, His life, and His teachings. This is a book to read over and over. I love every book I've ever read by Joseph Girzone (and I've read most of them) -- but this is my favorite.
This wasn't really the Portrait of Jesus I expected. Fr. Girzone meanders down side paths and talks a lot about the current state of things in various churches, but he does manage to paint a rather subtle watercolor of a kind and compassionate Jesus who preferred the company of sinners and had a sense of humor. In this portrait, Jesus saves his condemnation for the religious leaders of the time. (The "Magisterium" as Girzone interestingly calls them.)
Jul 20, 2007 Eben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liberal interpretation of Jesus life. Good for looking at the compassion his life was modeled on. Presented in a very un-theologian type manner!
Jun 02, 2011 Sheridan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It gave me some interesting insights into Jesus' life and ministry.
Jeremiah Herbert
Sep 13, 2012 Jeremiah Herbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girzone adds a powerful dose of reality to the story of Jesus that makes Him accessible.
Jul 01, 2010 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A whole new way to look at Jesus and his interaction with the people around Him.
Mona Randall
My favorite of all Joseph Girzone's books and they are all great.
Jan 03, 2013 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
who cares what brand of Christianity you are!
Jul 11, 2008 Mizbooks rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very boring book. Not what I'd expected.
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JOSEPH F. GIRZONE retired from the active priesthood in 1981 due to health reasons, and embarked on a second career as a writer and speaker.

In 1995 he established the Joshua Foundation, an organization dedicated to making Jesus better known throughout the world.

His bestselling books include Joshua, A Portrait of Jesus, and Never Alone. He lives in Altamont, New York.
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