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From the author of Joshua and A Portrait of Jesus, Joseph Girzone once again weaves together a story that will transform readers' understanding of Jesus and reify his teachings in a present day context.
The Messenger is a fictionalized story about the Kingdom of Light created by God on Earth. Girzone presents this kingdom, which started as a small community, as one that encompasses vast numbers of people of every race and nation, transcending the boundaries of all worldly realms. But with the passage of time, the message of peace and forgiveness, love, and joy, is forgotten and overwhelmed by the selfish interests of its leaders. Watching over his people, God resolves to send a special messenger to renew the spirit of compassion and freedom among the rulers of the world. Francis, who became attached to God as a young boy and never lost the beauty and joy of that friendship, is entrusted with the precious mission.
Through Francis' journeys around the country, he brings to life the conflicts, hostility, and pain of our times and points the way toward peace and understanding. With humility and a strong sense of purpose, Francis teaches leaders to break through the crushing letter of the law and restore its spirit, to reunite groups torn apart by prejudice and hatred through love, and to show compassion to the less fortunate by welcoming them back home to the kingdom. Under the guidance of a new ruler well versed in the book, fear and skepticism give way to the sharing of ideas and the bringing together of people of different beliefs. And the miracle that begins in one part of the world soon spreads, touching the hearts and of transfiguring the lives of the people across the globe.
An important narrative work more resonant today than ever, this book will be of interest to students of liberation theology, peace studies, and Bible Studies.