Meet Joseph Girzone

Father Joseph Francis Girzone loved his work as a priest. He loved working with people in their parishes, schools, and communities, and he loved working with people from other religions as well. So when his doctor advised that he retire from the daily work of a parish priest due to health reasons, Joseph found a new way to continue reaching out to people from different backgrounds: he became a writer and a speaker.

One of the first results of his efforts was the book Joshua. He wrote this parable in 1983 and published it himself with neither accompanying fanfare nor expectation of the extraordinary effect it would have on people around the world. How could he ever have imagined that it would go on to become one of the most talked about books in recent publishing history? With only word-of-mouth advertising, and by virtue of its simple message of love that appeals to people of so many backgrounds and beliefs, it became the #1 Publishers Weekly religious bestseller. From such modest beginnings, the book and its sequels have been translated for millions of readers worldwide. Recently, the Chinese government asked to translate Joshua for all their schoolchildren to read.

In 1995 Joseph established the Joshua Foundation, an organization dedicated to making Jesus better known throughout the world. But that work doesnít prevent him from continuing to write. He has now written more than 10 best-selling books, including the five Joshua novels. His work is popular among people of all different religions, including Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Shintoists, Hindus, Moslemsóeven those who donít identify with any faith.

As Joseph himself writes in the foreword to A Portrait of Jesus, "Jesusí Good News responds to the deepest needs of the human soul, no matter what the personís beliefs or lack of belief, and is intimately tied up with our understanding of who Jesus really is and how He thinks and feels. We can never have a proper understanding of His Good News until we know Him as a person, and have watched the subtle psychological effects He had on people to whom He spoke in the villages and on the hillsides of Palestine." Through his books and speaking engagements, Father Joseph Francis Girzone strives to deliver messages of hope and peace to anybody seeking spiritual nourishment.

The author makes his home in Albany, New York.

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