The Gospel According to Josh By Josh Rivedal, A Review

Gospel Josh(PCM) The Gospel According To Josh is a memoir of a young man who had to deal with his father’s suicide as well as his desire to end his own life. It is a book that never lets the reader down as he or she Journey’s with Josh down a hard a tear stained highway.

Josh Rivedal’s book begins with a synopsis of his childhood and his strained relationship with his dad. It moves forward quickly to the divorce of his parents and then comes even more quickly to his dad’s suicide. Josh handles this part of the book with a sense of dark humor. The humor is never disrespectful; it is honest in its telling. In fact Josh’s style of writing of really bad situations in a way allows the impact to come full force but without hurting the reader is a wonder all by itself, how he eventually puts this power to use is a marvelous gift to all of us.

The author then tells of the issues and the court hearing regarding his father’s estate. He tells us of his relationship with his girlfriend which feels the strain of his family issues and eventually comes to an end. Josh then opens his heart completely about his depression, his confusion on what to do with his life and his own desire to bring his life to an end.

The story doesn’t end there, the miracles start to happen. Josh opts to reach out for help instead. He finds joy in life where he can, and because he does not wish for anyone else to go through what he has gone through, he turns his father’s story and his own into a one man play and begins to find ways to add a suicide prevention message to the story as well as to have a panel of experts to help field questions after the show.

This book has many other layers that I have not even begun to explore here. It should be required high school reading and it should be read by every parent in America. It should be read by the broken hearted as well because with in these pages lies hope.

The word Gospel has a simple meaning; it means “Good News.” So the Gospel according to Josh is truly the good news according to Josh. The good news is simple, Josh proves that with work and a plan life can get better. He proves through his writing that suicide is not really an answer, and most importantly he points the way for others to find the answers they need.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has contemplated suicide and for anyone who has a friend or a family member that has attempted suicide or has actually completed the act. There is hope and healing in The Gospel According To Josh.

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Woman Discovers A Hidden Statue In A Garden Gnome!

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(PCM) A Tennessee woman by the name of Heather Andrews, got quite the surprise when she noticed what appeared to be a religious statue of sorts hidden inside her $20 garden gnome after it fell and broke on her driveway.

After the gnome shattered, Andrews took a look inside the statue and it can be clearly seen that there is another statue crafted inside the gnome. It appears to be bearded and wearing a robe and is fused to the bottom of the gnome statues internal base.

It is widely speculated by gnome enthusiasts that gnomes represent guardians of treasure, so there has been no official comment on whether or not the statue within a statue was a prank on behalf of the gnome’s manufacturers or if it is some sort of crazy coincidence.  The gnome was purchased at a Target store.

Andrews has now gone as far as to create social media accounts for the gnome which she has nicknamed Pete and he is certainly racking up a lot of followers. Andrew, who has a collection of gnomes as gag gifts, was curious if any of her other gnomes contained statues, but was a bit disappointed to learn after breaking a few more from her collection she came up empty-handed.

Do you have an fun garden gnome stories? If so, share them in the comments below!

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Pope Francis Makes History With The Dual Canonization Of Pope John XXIII And Pope John Paul II

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(PCM) History was made today in Vatican City when Pope Francis canonized both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. This history making declaration of sainthood took place this morning in front of over 800,000 people. What made the ceremony all the more memorable was that emeritus Pope Benedict XVI  also made an appearance in St. Peter’s Square. 

Throughout the course of history, there has never been an occurrence where the reigning pope and the retired pope celebrated Mass together in a public forum. Add to it the fact that they are honoring their incredibly famous predecessors makes it all the more of a rare situation.

According to many sources the presence of Pope Benedict XVI assists to further cement Pope Francis’ vision to bring about unity to the Catholic Church. That also happens to be the reasoning behind the dual canonization for both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II as they were beloved figures to both liberals and conservatives alike.

The canonization of Pope John Paul II was sped up with the assistance of Pope Benedict XVI and his canonization is now ranked as the fastest in modern times. The rules for acquiring sainthood were also altered a bit by Pope Francis to allow Pope John Paul II’s canonization to take place. Pope John Paul II had not yet had the second miracle occur which is usually required for canonization.

Over 500,000 people were packed into St. Peter’s square to watch the canonization  in person and an estimated 300,000 more were watching TV screens set up around the city. Kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers from more than 90 countries attended.

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Unfortunately tragedy did strike just days prior to the historic canonization ceremony when a giant crucifix that was dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed and killed a 21-year old student named Marco Gusmini. The 98-foot wooden and concrete cross was located in the Italian Alpine village of Cervo. Another man sustained injuries as well and was taken to a local hospital.

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