5 Stars Out Of 5
Incomplete but highly suggestive
August 20, 2012
Age: Over 65
The author of this book is a retired Catholic priest. He manages, in spite of some obvious "lapses" into orthodoxy, to construct a picture of Jesus which is simple, but not simpleminded. His approach is to discuss Jesus as one might envision him under several of the principal themes of his ministry, such as God's abiding love for humanity. Anyone looking to this work for a theological discussion of Jesus' teachings will be disappointed. But that is not Fr. Girzone's purpose. Instead, he reaches back, beyond the centuries of doctrinal accretions which have all but buried Jesus, to paint a portrait of the human figure to whom so many were attracted, and who now seems altogether missing from what calls itself "Christianity" in our time. The portrait is essentially a sketch, incomplete and perhaps not amenable to completion, except by each of us individually, out of a commitment to Jesus which, if it is to be vital and sustaining, must necessarily be intimate. That may well be Fr. Girzone's great insight.