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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
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.
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 preac
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
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.)
Liberal interpretation of Jesus life. Good for looking at the compassion his life was modeled on. Presented in a very un-theologian type manner!
I enjoyed this book. It gave me some interesting insights into Jesus' life and ministry.
Jeremiah Herbert
Girzone adds a powerful dose of reality to the story of Jesus that makes Him accessible.
A whole new way to look at Jesus and his interaction with the people around Him.
who cares what brand of Christianity you are!
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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