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God: A Story of Revelation

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In Deepak Chopra's powerful, groundbreaking, and imaginative new work, a unique blend of storytelling and teaching, the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of ten historical prophets, saints, mystics, and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God. Our belief ...more
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Published September 25th 2012 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2012)
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I really wasn't sure whether to put this in my fiction or non-fiction shelves. Probably belongs in fiction, but....

Disclaimer: I have mixed feelings about Chopra. He often has interesting ideas that can spur the kind of late-night debates that require a good bottle of wine or two, but the whole superstar guru with the exclusive retreat and high dollar lifestyle...well, color me skeptical as to his sincerity. The guy's out to make a buck. But then, who isn't?

I picked this book up at the library,
I can't understand all of Deepak Chopra's tweets.

But, being regarded as modern master of eastern philosophy and the link between science and religion, Deepak Chopra can't be ignored.
Hence, I picked up this book - a first for me from the author.

The book tries to interpret God with the help of 10 much revered historical figures and their iconoclastic stand that withstood time. The tales were wonderfully woven to keep the reader glued. The concluding summaries or 'revealing the vision' as the autho
Steven Howard
A book that makes you stop and think, read some more, than stop and think some more.

Deepak uses 10 historical figures to trace how the thinking of God has changed through the years. Naturally these stories are used to support his theory of consciousness.

Chopra is one of the few writers who seems to truly understand both Eastern and Western philosophies and teachings, as well as the key fundamentals and foundations of the world's major religions. And he pulls these all together in an excellent su
Paula Soares
I bought the book on impulse and then took a long time to read it, because I thought it would be an arrogant explanation on God... Then I finally started reading and had an initial bad feeling that the author was fantasizing too much on the historical figures... But as I continued I was really drawn into the contemplations and interpretations he made. It is a really soft and delicate book to read, makes you think more deeply about God and spirituality. Besides, Deepak Chopra has a talent to shar ...more
Поредната книга на любимото ни индийче Глупак Чопра е на пазара, а и без да съм я чел вече знам за какво ще ни говори - все неща от сорта на "Ооо, огледайте се наоколо, светът е прекрасен, юху! Бог ви праща лечебни квантови полета, които ви изпълват с божия енергия, юху! Усетете красотата и силата във вас, амммм....".

Фактът, че Чопра е един от най-продаваните автори само показва колко много обладани от квантови полета и метанови газове има наоколо, а изглежда тези "магически" потоци от енергия д
You can tell in his book what Chopra believes in compared to other faiths in the world. Chopra picked out 10 saints or people he thought portrayed his idea of God and reflected on one piece he pulled out of these people's lives.

As we will find with all books on life, they are interpretations from a person about how they think they have encountered Christ. Even though the people Chopra picked out preached humility and togetherness, Chopra chooses certain situations of people of certain faiths and
While I love reading his work, these stories where you put yourself in the place of people from the Bible are very hard for me to read. Some of it is because some of the stories I have heard so many times, I don't want to hear again, especially depressing ones like Job. Other times I cannot fathom putting myself into the place of a disciple or saint, it seems almost like blasphemy to imagine.
Andrea Fahrner-walker
Get to the epilogue. The 10 people and the stories beforehand connect humanity and their reason for God. It's the history.
Deepak's epilogue describes our connection to the divine and how we have all chosen to seek it differently and why that is. Why we need to find God or why there is always that question.
Finally something that makes sense to me.
I hope I remember to read this book again when I am older and wiser. I know i could not digest it all, even though I read it slowly. If I understood correctly, God is loving consciousness and we can connect through meditation. If I didn't understand correctly, this was an interesting introduction to sages and mystics throughout history.
The concept of the book had so much potential and initially drew me in, but ultimately, I did not think the book lived up to its promise overall. The first three chapters focusing on Job, St. Paul and Socrates composed a strong opening with their compelling narratives and insightful commentary. However, from the fourth chapter on, I found the narratives less clear and compelling, and the commentary less insightful as a whole. I looked forward to the chapter on Ann Hutchinson and learning more ab ...more
Trey Nowell
I really liked his views within this book, unfortunately I had to basically wait until the Epilogue to hear them. Chopra highlights stories from myriad religious backgrounds and faiths to illustrate the term we all know as GOD. He utilizes stories from Job, Socrates, Paul, Shakara, Rumi, Julian of Norwich, Giordano Bruno, Anne Hutchinson, Baal Shem Tov, and Rabindranath Tagore to illustrate his point at the end, I just wish there were more pages because I liked what he had to say. Left me feelin ...more
Interesting book, but didn't quite understand it completely. Some of the stories were hard to follow. The author is well versed in Eastern philosphies
I really enjoy Deepak's writings, but I struggled connecting with this book on the same level as the past books I've read-not sure why.
Page 268: "Because he worried about these things too, Einstein understood the logic of Tagore's worldview. Modern physics had already dismantled the physical world far enough that reality was beginning to look more and more like a dream. Still Einstein clung to,what he called his religion: a belief that the universe was real as it appeared, not needing human beings to give it shape, form, color, sounds, and all the rest. It is quite moving to see Einstein in the midst of such confusing emotions. ...more
This book provides insight into the various interpretations of "god," using historical narratives featuring many great figures in the history of thought. While the book is organized around a common theme, each chapter stands on its own, featuring a story that involves a different dimension of what the energy or spirit that is god means. I found myself reading and then re-reading these stories, and coming away satisfied that Chopra has provided us with thoughtful illustrations that are spiritual, ...more
I like how this author explains the idea in this book that we are all seekers on a pilgrimage for knowledge about God, love, truth, and spiritual growth. When people ask what are we supposed to do here in this life, these stories answer that our job here is personal transformation. Some seekers search through prayer and contemplation, others through service or meditation. Each seeker walks his own path to learn and grow. Some religions insist that only their religion (their "training program") w ...more
There are parts of this book I read many times over; the Chopra analysis of the book of Job, Paul, Socrates, Shankara and a few others. The fictional narrative on these same subjects was not really what I liked. In Chopra's well studied brain give his analysis on these few subjects I found profound insights and understandings. I wished there were more; as the book just broached the subject.
Tim Weakley
An examination of the various relationships with God, using fictionalized accounts of religious figures. I very much enjoyed this one. I wasn't expecting the fictional aspect, but I found that it worked to highlight and explain the different types of revelation.
I love to read. I love to read so much, in fact, that I had some initial qualms about having a book read to me via audio CD. As I began to listen, however, Deepak Chopra's delivery style edged away any previous doubt. The story is riveting. Chopra examines the lives and culture of ten unique historical figures ranging from prophets to saints. In doing so a powerful, evolving picture of God emerges showing that beliefs, concepts and spirituality have undergone changes throughout the centuries. I ...more
I find myself in disagreement one second and the next, I'm blown off my mind .
i was a little hesitant to read a fictional account of different historical people, but I was hooked pretty quickly. Deepak does a great job of making the book seem biographical. An interesting take on the way God is perceived throughout the ages. At times the book seemed like a response to Richard Dawkins books, but not in an overbearing sort of way. I liked that he described a real variety of people - some of whom I've heard of and others whom I had never heard of.
I loved that this book used figures from different religions to talk about revelations from God. It shows how athough they are all very different there is a common thread. I understand Chopra's reason to start with the story of Job but I am not sure I agree, I always find that particularly disturbing, I really hope that God doesn't make a practice of wagering with the devil.
Stories from all major religions help me understand that all ask the same questions. Now with neuroscience and physics & quantum physics, the questions may change but the answers appear to remain the same. It's wonderful to have an author who explores these topics engaging readers in the personal stories and yet exploring the meaning for persons of this time in space.
Joseph Young
Interesting set of stories about the way our perception of God has changed after the influence of different people and thinkers. The stories were good, but the afterword interpretation of them was troubling. Many times the logic just did not follow and seem to be subservient to Chopra's desires, as opposed to the conclusions following the evidence.
Kimberly Tsan
I got bored after the fifth narrative. What I liked most about this book is the pan-religious discussions regarding the search of God. I enjoyed the rhetorics, the debates and the witty exchanges between various philosophers and religious figures. It definitely brought me great insight. But like I said, it got a bit boring towards the end.
Marjorie Turner
Very interesting to look at many different religious traditions and find the mystical calling - to look into what motivates faith and the calling for God. I've always been fascinated by the mystic's connection to God; believing myself that it is possible to have a personal relationship and messages if I am willing to be still and listen.
Great book to read and read again. I would read one chapter each night and let it sink in. Chopra is well researched and uses storytelling and imagination to bring a varied cast of historical figures to life. He provides the reader with "evidence" of his own brand of spirituality "consciousness", but is never heavy handed in doing so.
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway. It's a wonderful book with a great concept. Ten stories about historical figures followed by Chopra's teachings about each one. It explores how God is seen through the ages. I didn't finish it yet, but I will keep it bedside and get it finished in pieces. A worthy read!
Probably picked it up b/c of Holy Week. This was the first book of Chopra that I've read. I finished it and am interested enough to perhaps want to read another book by him. Although not enough to rearrange the back log of books that I already want to read. Overall, it was an interesting read and provided food for thought.
I kept waiting for this book to get better and it never did. I guess I was expecting more than a shallow/cursory look at 10 historical figures who received "revelations" from God. The concept was great; unfortunately, the writing didn't live up to the task the concept set for it. I shouldn't hae wasted my time reading this.
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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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