When Joshua moves to a small cabin on the edge of town, the local people are mystified by his presence. A quiet and simple man, Joshua appears to seek nothing for himself. He supports himself by working as a carpenter. He charges very little for his services, yet his craftsman... more »ship is exquisite. The statue of Moses that he carves for the local synagogue prompts amazement as well as consternation.What are the townsfolk to make of this enigmatic stranger? Some people report having seen him carry a huge cherry log on his shoulders effortlessly. Still others talk about the child in a poor part of town who was dreadfully ill but, after Joshua's visit, recovered completely.Despite his benevolence and selfless work in the community, some remain suspicious. Finally, in an effort to address the community's doubts, the local religious leaders confront Joshua.« less
This is a story about a modern-day Jesus (Joshua) and how he affects the people he meets. Though the characters are under-developed, it is still a very moving and inspiring read. The novel expresses many universal messages that are shared with other faiths. A wonderful gift book!