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Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment

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“Deepak Chopra’s story is an inspiring gift for those who truly care and have the courage to seek.”
—Michael Baigent, author of The Jesus Papers

The founder of The Chopra Center and the preeminent teacher of Eastern philosophy to the Western World, Deepak Chopra gives us the story of the man who became Messiah in his phenomenal New York Times bestseller Jesus. The author who
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2008)
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I love pretty much anything that Deepak Chopra writes, but this is the first work of fiction of his that I've read. I am also a person that LOVES reading anything that helps break Jesus out of the tiny box that organized Christianity has put him in, and this really does a good job of that.
This book is a fictionalized account of Jesus' lost years prior to his mission as described in the New Testament. As a work of fiction, the book is very well written and very believable. Even hard liners would
Oct 09, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have picked up this book numerous times only to put it back again and come back still interested.

The obvious controversy left me unwilling to read. I finally did and found it a fascinating fiction, not overtly offensive, though some might be put off by this "lost years" narrative.

Jan 06, 2009 Darlene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Holy Crap!?! As I forced myself to read this work of fiction in one sitting, I could not help but wonder what Deepak was hoping to accomplish with this publication (or how strapped for cash he was). I was neither enlightened nor inspired by his story. If anything, it has only fueled my curiosity and yearning for knowing the truth. Sylvia Browne's "The Mystical Life of Jesus" (using her spiritual guide) and Dolores Cannon's "Jesus and the Essenes" (utilizing subjects of hypnotic regression) were ...more
Khenpo Gurudas
I will have to admit to being rather disappointed after reading this book. That doesn't mean it wasn't a well-written book, certainly worth reading. But I expected something more from the author, Deepak Chopra.

In his preface to Jesus, Chopra is very straightforward about his purpose in writing the book, saying:

"[there is] a Jesus left out of the New Testament - the enlightened Jesus. His absence, in my view, has profoundly crippled the Christian faith, for...making [Jesus] the one and only Son o
Aug 18, 2010 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Week: So far I read the Authors Note pages and the Reader's Guide at the end of the book. I think it gives the book a better head start. I have enjoyed both of these sections very much and look forward to the fictional story of Jesus' middle years within.

Conclusion: I think this book, to be enjoyed by Christians, must be approached with an open heart and an open mind. One should not be attached to their own version/vision of who Christ was in his early years, the between years. But rather,
Waco Glennon
I really don't know what to say about this book. The genre is not new. Others have combined the Middle Eastern traditions with those of India. So, this is Chopra's foray into the realm. It tells a story of a Jesus who is searching as much as - no, more than - any of us do for a place and a purpose. There are false starts and redefinings. There are truths that are learned and the relearned. The comparison and expansion of the Christian tradition by the mysterious monk really only happens at the e ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for the same reason I have always loved Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar- they portray the "human" side of Jesus who I can find relatable. I did not know much about Deepak Chopra before this and I look forward to learning more about him, and reading more of his books.
Jacob Julian
mengisahkan tentang masa muda Yesus.

ya ... saya tahu ini fiksi. tapi ... entahlah kisahnya sama sekali nggak menarik.
dikisahkan ternyata Yesus punya saudara dan dia terlibat dalam kaum Zelot, kaum pemberontak bawah tanah yang menentang Romawi. kaum ini memang benar-benar ada, tapi ... seorang Messiah--sebenarnya kenapa harus Messi? kenapa gak Bale? atau Ronaldo? Ah ya Neymar memang seorang bajingan diving yang profesional.

anyway .... Yesus bahkan sudah menemukan siapa pengkhianat di sini!!! ya .
Dec 18, 2009 Ange rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Becca Chopra
Sep 24, 2010 Becca Chopra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deepak Chopra offers sage advice on transforming your life, from a Christian perspective, in his novel "Jesus." While many Christians may not agree with his fictional account of Jesus' lost years before his ministry began, they can reap new insights from the Readers Guide - Jesus and the Path to Enlightenment. He writes that Jesus was the product of transformation and that he wanted others to be transformed also, giving up unloving, violent, selfish and narrow-minded attitudes and offering only ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I find the storyline improbable, I found Chopra's imagined tale to be an interesting story of "what might have been" the activitiies of Jesus, between the ages of 26 to 30. I say that I find this story improbable, but I am open to the idea that it is - not impossible. Given that it is hard to know exactly what life was like in the region of Jerusalem, over 2000 years ago - Chopra did a fine job of telling a story of a region and a society living under harsh poltiical, cultural, and reli ...more
Tori Hoeschler
Very Insightful, Very Redundant
My dad recommended I read this book because I am at a point in my life where I’m doing a lot of soul searching but I don’t really have any firm beliefs. Since the platform of this book is essentially that of a novel, I figured it could be pretty digestible.
I love the idea of this book: Jesus was not a static being that was simply born divine, but rather a human being that sought and found enlightenment. He found god not because he was the literal son of God, but r
Nicole Wagner
Jan 26, 2013 Nicole Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book, Deepak is a superb writer and has a wonderful imagination. I like that it sparks thoughts about life and humanity from a personal level and how we can shine and encompass our own Christ-like selves. To see that both light and dark are equal aspects of God and play their part in the grand stage of life. I would've enjoyed more from Mary's perspective and influence as it seems she was more influential in his life than shown here, possibly. I also like that it emphasizes ho ...more
Nick Zaveri
Apr 20, 2016 Nick Zaveri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time reading it. It's amazing how little of the first reading stuck with me. Aside from the fact that Jesus seeks out an ascetic for guidance, I didn't remember any other plot element. This book reads like one of DC Comics' Year One stories-an alternate take on the protagonist and how he/she evolves into the hero that we know universally. Anyone who has read the Gospels is aware of the many years of Jesus' life that are not mentioned in the texts. Chopra attempts to fill in tho ...more
"Ron and Hermione follow Harry on his quest to destroy Horcruxes, conquer death by means of the Deathly Hallows, and ultimately defeat Voldemort in a stunning display of self-sacrifice." Replace with names like "Jesus," "Judas," "Mary Magdalene" and "Satan" and you've got yourself this silly secularization claiming itself a deeply spiritual interpretation of the person of Christ. Have a little more respect, Chopra :(
I loved this book. At first I was unsure if I would even get through it, but I couldn't put it down. It has helped me renew some faith I have been lacking...
Eric Nelson
Chopra takes his own non-historical sense of who Jesus was and places him in a geniusly re-created first century Palestine. Its an odd experience to read historical fiction where so much time and care is taken to get the history rightsetting detailed accurately, culture described vividly, and characters so believably first-centuryyet the central character isnt given the same attention. To care so deeply about historical sources, but to disregard the best historical sources in determining who the ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One thing I will say about this is that, listening to it as an audiobook, it's so interesting to catch the rhythm of non-native English speakers. The emphasis is so different, sometimes, which can really alter a sentence--just an observation from one who's listening to a lot of audiobooks these days.
As to the story, I'll say right out that, as a reviewer, I have a giant handicap against impartiality because I am, in fact, Christian, and bring those ideas and assumptions to the reading of a book
Nov 23, 2012 Alpha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I understand what Deepak Chopra is attempting to do with this story, read out loud on audio disc by the author himself. The premise and concept are good topics to utilize. I also understand the fact this is known as a fictitious representation of Jesus Christ's life between his childhood days and his ministry starting at the age of thirty. Utilizing the many books in the Bible as well as the rejected books which are still inspiration, Deepak Chopra could have written a very enlightening vision o ...more
Stephen Gallup
Jun 22, 2010 Stephen Gallup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To my way of thinking, an outstanding book should concern a subject of some significance, have something new to say, and say it very well.

It would be hard to claim that the subject of a book entitled Jesus was not significant.

I came to it with little knowledge of the author (odd, considering he was connected with the University of Virginia when I was there and subsequently opened a center in San Diego where I now live), but I expected that this would not be a conventional presentation.

And it's
Feb 22, 2009 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting companion to Rice's Road to Cana Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. Both imagine the young adult Jesus, in his twenties, discovering his identity, mission, divinity. Rice's book does a better job of describing the rough life of rural Jews in Nazareth, and the personalities of the people in Jesus' family and community. Chopra makes the bulk of his book a flashback, after Jesus has arrived in the hut of holy man in the Himalayan hills.

Chopra's main idea is that the young adult Jesu
Gabriel Rodriguez
Feb 19, 2015 Gabriel Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book gave me a needed view of the doubts Jesus might have had during the those years that we have currently minimal knowledge of. A product of Deepak Chopra's educated guess, this book highlights and simply plays on those basic facts we know about Jesus on his enlightened path. It only grew my love for Jesus as his human side is portrayed bluntly. Must be read with an open mind because it might be taken out of context if your religious convictions are stronger than your spiritual ones.
Kristi Duarte
I'm struggling through this book. To be honest, I don't know if I will ever finish it. It's boring and thick and slow, and I don't think Deepak Chopra should write fiction.

On the positive side, he has done some pertinent research for the novel and has kept his mind open. In that sense, the novel views Jesus from a different perspective than the accepted, traditional version, which is loosely based on bits and pieces in the bible. I give him credit for that.
Virginia Boylan
Jul 07, 2014 Virginia Boylan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I looked forward to learning Chopra's understanding of Jesus. This book is a mishmash of legends, traditions and some outright crazy tales about Jesus's mid-to-late twenties. He runs around doing strange miracles and befriending Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene for no clear reason. The temptation story is mixed in with the baptism scene and both are mangled. If I hadn't been listening on audiobook while driving, I'd have closed the book in disgust.
John Herceg
Sep 20, 2011 John Herceg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a retelling of the age-old story of Jesus, but in the unique way that only Deepak Chopra could do. Ignoring, for the most part, the biblical account for the life of Jesus, Chopra creates a world in which the reader can watch the young Jesus find his way through a troubling existence. In a sense, Chopra forces the reader to see themselves as a Christ, capable of finding enlightenment and transforming as Jesus did two thousand years ago. Using poetic diction, the story is sung into the rea ...more
Jul 28, 2016 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I originally thought, but it was very interesting. Chopra pointed to many actions and behaviors in our lives that would require viewing our lives as Jesus would see us. A lesson in humility, love, grace, brotherhood, and why we needed a savior.

A look at what makes us human. Instead of interpreting understanding from the biblical days Chopra points to life lessons. It appears a futurist view for the times gives unmistakable wisdom.
Jan 27, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book that fictionally filled in much of the time between the gap in the bible between when Jesus was found in temple at 12 and when he supposedly began his ministry at around age 30. This is a story about the development of Jesus' spirituality as he gained insight as to his mission and accepted God as his true Father. Some of the writing is fragmented in that you have to assume certain contexts and environments, but he places Jesus in real life situations given the decorum ...more
Manuel Sanchez
Deepak speculates much here and this read is more a novel that actual history, however the read is engaging and challenges the reader to dig deeper into the narrative of Jesus's life and "enlightenment." The author challenges us to see that the purpose of Jesus's life was to make ours trans-formative and not just a set of tenants to confess and believe. While not keeping to the actual Gospel narrative, he offers us a Jesus that calls us to himself in order to become like him - sons and daughters ...more
Zero stars. I listened to this as an audio book, which was the first problem. Deepak Chopra, the author, also narrated this book, and although I admire his ambition, his accent and cadence were detracting from the story. Although I can appreciate Chopra's attempt at blending different religious philosophies, it is clear that he didn't do his homework on very basic Christian principles or on Jesus as he is depicted in the gospels. Jesus never proclaimed himself the messiah, for example. The idea ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Virginia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this book at all. Chopra seems to communicate in person brilliantly (and I saw him speak on this book). His writing is in the case is not so good. The last 20-30 pages had some good spiritual insights. i couldn't buy into the story line and the miracles. They seems so different then other historical accounts of the time (Bruce Chilton, Anne Rice, etc) and I found his interpretation/rendition very contrived. Since he was make such big leaps in the story (about what was possible), he ...more
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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