Joseph Gonnella



Thanks for visiting my site. Here you will find information about my book (The Odyssey: Love and Pain in God’s Pursuit) as well as thoughts on the paradoxes and ironies of the Christian life, including discipleship, suffering, disability, and other light-hearted matters. You will also find resources that I have found helpful as well as information about my future projects and other activities. Please comment or contact me; I welcome your thoughts.


Theodicy Then and Now

Aug 11, 2016 | No Comments

  Theodicy might seem a modern notion, since Leibniz coined the term in the seventeenth century to address a particular Enlightenment concern: how to harmonize God’s goodness and sovereignty with evil in the world. Certainly it is a modern enterprise to attempt to explain the ways of God to humans. And it is a philosophical […]

A Gray Pastiche

May 19, 2016 | No Comments

  Men are from Mars, women from Vegas. dogs are from Pluto, so he has made us.   Gray sighs at night, sailors uptight.   Different oscillations: sine curves,  tensile strength as rubber  bands snap, cavern,  where dragons lurk  as silent knights;  cosine curves,  waves break upon the shore,  surge and drop into a well, […]

Worry On Worry

Apr 30, 2016 | No Comments

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, […]


  • Testimonial

    As a pastor I would recommend the book to anyone looking for a studied and thoughtful guide for their own journeys into life’s inevitable questions of ‘Why?’ and ‘How?”

    - Rory Swenson, Lead Pastor, Advent United Methodist Church

  • Testimonial

    “Through The Odyssey, Sarah’s story is woven together with Joseph’s exploration of theology, the Bible, and suffering. This is a fascinating, head-and-heart personal account of ongoing faith even in the midst of a major lifelong challenge.”

    - Duane Paetznick

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