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Jesus

A Story of Enlightenment
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
October, 2009
ISBN:
9780061448744
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$18.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Deepak Chopra’s novel expands on the themes in his recent nonfiction title The Third Jesus. The narrative focuses on the “lost years”—the mysterious unrecorded span of time in Christ’s life between the ages of twelve and thirty. Chopra has imagined Jesus’ path to enlightenment moving from obscurity to revolutionary, from doubt to miracles, and then beyond as the role of the long-awaited Messiah. Chopra portrays the young adult Jesus as a malleable figure at the center of a host of pivotal political, cultural and religious shifts. The threads of his spiritual leadership become evident during these formative years, but Christ must devote himself to growing in enlightenment about the full nature of his identity and message. Not surprisingly, the Jesus in this story draws on both Western and Eastern sources for revelation.

Evangelical Christians—as well as traditional theists—may have a difficult time processing Chopra’s portrayal of Christ, particularly the overtones of pantheism (God is all) and monism (all is one). Perhaps the most compelling elements of the storyline involve Judas and Mary Magdalene, two of the New Testament’s most complicated and controversial figures. Not a work of doctrine, Jesus, A Story of Enlightenment is a creative, literary work of imagination.

I don’t want the Jesus in this book to be worshipped. The events of the tale are pure fiction.

 That said, the Jesus revealed in this fresh exploration can perhaps illuminate spiritual lessons that might be lost in more literal Gospel readings.

Among Deepak Chopra’s many other books are Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment and The Book of Secrets.

“We journey with a very human Jesus through a tough and turbulent landscape to discover his greatest message, that of personal transformation and enlightenment.” —Michael Baigent, author of The Jesus Papers

Publisher’s Description: 

The New York Times bestselling author captures the untold story of Jesus in this surprising, soul-stirring, and inspiring novel.

The New York Times bestselling author of Buddha captures the extraordinary life of Jesus in this surprising, soul-stirring, and page-turning novel. Uncovering the transformational "lost years" that are not recounted in the New Testament, Deepak Chopra has imagined Jesus's path to enlightenment moving from obscurity to revolutionary, from doubt to miracles, and then beyond as the role of the long-awaited Messiah. As a teenager, Jesus has premonitions of his destiny, and by the end, as he arrives to be baptized in the River Jordan, he has accepted his fate, which combines extremes of light and darkness.



With his characteristic ability for imparting profound spiritual insights through the power of storytelling, Deepak Chopra's Jesus portrays the life of Christ as never before, ultimately leading us closer to understanding the nature of God and the soul. As the author shares, "I don't want the Jesus in this book to be worshiped, much less to push him forward as definitive. The events of the tale are pure fiction. But at a deeper level, the Jesus in this book feels real because we've gotten a glimpse into his mind. One flash of insight answers many prayers."

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