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Preview — The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small
The Breath of God: A Novel of Suspense
In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly th ...more
(2) I thought at places the book seemed too much like World Religions 101; that is, there were places that seemed to be didactic and not necessa ...more
"Visionary fiction." Library Journal
"Small's stunning debut...a thought provoking masterpiece." RT Book Reviews
"Spellbinding...full of suspense...raising questions that have not been asked before." Bookloons.com
"A fascinating tale of what can lurk behind blind faith and what is possible if you open your mind." BrokenTeepee.com
"An impressive literary debut." Atlanta Magazine
"Small exp ...more
This is the ninth book I've won from goodreads. Of the others, the ones I've liked I've passed along to friends apathetic about whether I ever saw them again or not. The ones I didn't like were donated to the local thrift store with the hopes that shoppers, for their own sake, never picked them up.
I'm keeping this book.
From the epilogue: "What happens when you have an experience that shakes your belief system?" That pretty much sums up the plot, and what I like about ...more
In 1887, a Russian journalist named Nicholas Notovitch made the most remarkable discovery—a text that shows a fusion of seemingly disparate Western and Eastern religions. The find, which was made in a remote monastery nestled in the Himalayan Mountains, could alter religion and our understanding of divinity forever. But it never reached the public. The secret had been lost. Until now...
Grant Matthews, a scholar and reli ...more
In the hands of a Dan Brown, these litmus tests not only tell us much about a people's ...more
I had read previously and in pas ...more
I do feel it could have been a sh ...more
With so many faiths brushed upon in this novel I was amazed at how well things tied up. I loved the theroy behind the philosophies in ...more
Good beach read. I understand why my good friend recommende ...more
I didn't read the whole thing, just flipped through it in about half an hour, and I still understand the entire plot. The characters are all the same: there's the handsome, intelligent, brave, conscientious male lead, and the beautiful, intelligent, brave, conscientious female lead. Then there's the beloved mentor, the evil, twisted villain(s) and a few uninteresting paper cutouts thrown in for effect.
The premise was a vaguely interesting one, but Jeffrey Small butchered i ...more
I like this book for all of the things that it said and for all of the things that it didn't say. The message it carries is one that this world sorely needs in this very moment and could help us tremendously on the path towards global healing. Seriously.
“The Breath of God” by Jeffrey Small is a first time novel by Mr. Small. It is of the genre of “The Da Vinci Code” but takes place in the USA, India, Tibet and Druk Yul, the name the Bhutanese use for the tiny Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, between Tibet and India. It is a little slow on the uptake, but then it gets very exciting and moves quickly. Small weaves various plots and characters into the story i ...more
The speculation that Jesus may have traveled to the Far East during this "silent period" has been around for many years. The idea that Jesus learned some of his insights from sages in the East is heretical to conservative Christian orthodoxy. But it would explain the many parallels between Christia ...more
But that EPILOGUE. Dear me. We had such a lovely journey with Grant and his path to inner calm. You don't need to include him lecturing his students about it. It was a great showing and then it just became preachy and telling and UGH. Yes, it annoyed me enough that I took off a whole star. I c ...more
The short answer: Christopher Moore sold it better in "Lamb". More insightful about religion, better writing, and it's intentionally funny (unlike Breath of God, which is unintentionally funny).
1) the characters alternate between asking the dumbest ...more
I thought it would be a faster read and I felt like the plot kept repeating itself.
The Breath of God is a superbly written, entertaining thriller that contains a powerful message about the transformative power of meditation. Jeffrey Small makes a convincing point that the unifying thread behind all the major prophets' realizations is meditation. This page-turner entertains and inspires with a path for more to emulate. Well done!
author of The Superyogi Scenario