Joshua in the Holy Land
by Joseph Girzone
In Joshua in the Holy Land, we witness a sort of homecoming. There are some poignant moments in which Joshua remembers a time 2000 years ago when he walked these lands. He revisits Nazareth, Bethlehem, Bethany, and of course, Jerusalem.
Throughout the book, there are many bits that resonate well with the gospel accounts of the life of Christ. These passages are fun reading. Girzone weaves his tale in with the old, old story in a very masterful way. It is rather a thrill to read through it all.
The central theme or purpose of the book, however, doesn't lie in remembering the past. Like the other books in the series, Joshua in the Holy Land seeks to show how a modern-day Christ would live in the here and now. With that in mind, the central theme to the story addresses racial disharmony. It is a challenging tale, perhaps even more so today than when it was written. All of the Joshua books seek to address contemporary problems through demonstrating how Christ would act in the world today, but none perhaps so pointedly confronts the shortcomings of his followers today than does this one. It is well worth the time to read and think about this book.
Reviewed by Shelly Bryant 2010
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