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Joshua by Joseph F. Girzone
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Dec 13, 2011

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This book suffers from the same syndrome that I believe ails most Christian fiction: a fantastic concept with weak execution. I would say the biggest problem I had was with the dialogue. Every page turns into a sermon, and subtlety is nowhere to be found. Moreover, the characters' words are all so stiff and formal that interactions cannot seem natural for the reader. There are a lot of positive aspects of the book, though. As stated, I think the concept is outstanding. How would we interact with Jesus if He returned today? I also love the principles Joshua tried to convey, about freedom and God's love for His people. I just wish that the author had a more subtle touch. Actually, I think I would rather have had a more limited narrator who didn't go into Joshua's thoughts. Not only did it seem a bit presumptuous (how can we know the mind of Jesus?), but it also took away the mystery from the reader. I love the idea that we should be able to recognize Jesus by what he does, and going into his Biblical memories was too pushy for me. Nonetheless, even though it isn't a favorite, I did enjoy reading the book.
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