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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deepak Chopra Narrator: Deepak Chopra Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781482978124
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Jesus is a fresh and inspirational reimagining of a young man’s transformational journey from carpenter’s son to revolutionary leader to the man whom many believe to be the savior of the world.

Very little is known or recorded about Jesus in his formative years. In the Gospel stories, we witness the birth of Jesus and then see him as a young boy of twelve intensely questioning the rabbis in the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus does not reappear until age thirty, when he emerges as the potent and stirring rebel baptized by John at the River Jordan. What happens to Jesus in those lost years? How did Jesus the young boy become Christ the Savior?

With his characteristic ability for imparting profound spiritual insights through the power of storytelling, Chopra’s Jesus will capture the life of Jesus as never before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deepak takes on the story of Jesus in a way that is both respectful and common. If as a Christian you are afraid of what is inside these pages, don’t be. It quietly succeeded in restoring my faith in my own faith.”

    Kevin Costner

  • “A gripping tale of one man’s archetypal journey through confusion, doubt, and despair to self-annihilation and the realization of his true identity as the ‘light of the world.’”

    Eckhart Tolle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “We journey with a very human Jesus through a tough and turbulent landscape to discover his greatest message, that of personal transformation and enlightenment. Deepak Chopra’s story is an inspiring gift for those who truly care and have the courage to seek.”

    Michael Baigent, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Once again, Deepak Chopra combines spirituality with dramatic narrative to breathe new life into a story that we all assumed we knew. This unique and intriguing story inspires as well as educates. Chopra’s Jesus is every bit as compelling as his groundbreaking retelling of Buddha.”

    Tim Kring, creator of Heroes and Crossing Jordan

  • “À la The Da Vinci Code, this thought-provoking tale is sure to ignite exciting questions and controversy.”

    Jill Gregory, USA Today bestselling author

  • “In Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment, Deepak Chopra dares us to ponder paradigms embedded deep within our very DNA and question unquestionable truths. Chopra introduces a breathtaking epistemology that is altogether fresh and divine. His powerful revelation threatens our ability to live our lives in darkness.”

    Cheryl Woodcock, correspondent and producer, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider

  • “It is such an original and intriguing approach to imagine which Jesus was ‘left out of the bible.’ Chopra’s novel is a fascinating read.”

    Petru Popescu, USA Today bestselling author

  • “The ethereal power of [Chopra’s] voice and the evocative manner in which he sets the stage remain effective. Perhaps the most compelling elements of the story line involve Judas and Mary Magdalene, two of New Testament history’s most complicated and controversial figures.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chopra twists the kaleidoscope and offers a very different Messiah than commonly imagined…Chopra has some intriguing ideas about Jesus and his true message that may prompt worthwhile discussion.”

    Booklist

  • As a Jew I was taught to reject Jesus. As a mystic I was drawn to his light. This brave book invites me to approach Jesus anew, with great curiosity and a humble heart, and to love him, in the end, as my Self.”

    Raphael Cushnir, author of The One Thing Holding You Back

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Jett | 2/18/2014

    " This is Deepak's assessment of what Jesus' life may have been like. I really liked that he brought the man alive and made him vulnerable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/6/2014

    " I found great interest in this possible version of Jesus's coming of age, questions about his true place in man's world and his acceptance of his destiny. Although his lost years create many questions about his travels and learning...it's hard to imagine that Jesus struggled with questions of morality, belonging, truth, survival and happiness in a volatile world. In these strange and violent times, these lessons have never been more important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.j. | 2/3/2014

    " This is a novel using what is known about Jesus and the culture & politics of the time and filling in the gap between 12 & 30 years old which is missing in the Bible. He is described as a young man who knows he's different and searches for the truth and his destiny. This is a novel about his enlightenment and resurrection. I think I have a better picture of what he was like after reading this book. Deepak Chopra has artfully humanized Jesus so we can know him better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/30/2014

    " This book portrays Jesus as a human who is just like the rest of us, full of life struggles, doubt, and self questions. The author seems to think that this would be offending to most Christians and yet that is exactly how I see Him. Over all, I really liked this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/26/2014

    " Really loved this book. Read at a time when In a spiritual mood. Like alternative tellings of the bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Dykstra | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting look at what it may have been like for Jesus shortly before entering his ministry. Danger would lie in forgetting that this is fictional, not factual, and focuses on an Eastern perspective that Jesus became the Messiah when he reached his highest level of enlightenment. The hidden gospel behind that theory is we can all be the same. And yet aren't we all called to live Christ-like lives, to serve as he served? Humble ourselves as he humbled himself? Good book but at times I found myself a little lost in the narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Carroll | 1/15/2014

    " Jesus, the early years. I am also reading "Christ The Lord" by Anne Rice. Chopra's Jesus is a gritty, down to earth character undergoing a dawning of consciousness and the scenes he paints of the ancient world are dusty and sweaty and reeking of rebellion, whereas Rice's Jesus is a bit more Harry Potter in its supernaturalness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika Bradley | 1/13/2014

    " Fantastic book! Great insight, definitely makes you think... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana Devecka | 12/20/2013

    " This is a fictional story about Jesus and his life as a young man.... parts of it are very hard to take, specially if you are a devout Christian... some may be easily offended by this book. I am half-way through it and it is slow moving. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 12/4/2013

    " A reviewer put it in the class of "The Red Tent!" Rubbish! Poorly written. Badly contrived. Filled with historical and biblical inaccuracies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl Guerry | 11/25/2013

    " excellent read, definite multiple re-read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 8/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/18/2013

    " Great book that expanded my thoughts about Jesus and reminded me he was just like us. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mmg2222 | 4/1/2012

    " I expected a lot more or else I completely missed the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/2/2012

    " Very interesting perspective on the life of Jesus and the messege he brought . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/29/2011

    " Chopra imagines the years of Jesus' life that we don't get to see in the Bible -- young adulthood, before starting His ministry. We know nothing about those years, so of course this is fiction, and I found it thought-provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 11/7/2011

    " I've always been a fan of Deepak Chopra. His books have always been insightful. This book did not really show how Jesus became enlightened. The book was more a gapping story of his early life. Really, save yourself $14.99 and read the New Testament. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hakija | 11/2/2011

    " Beautifully written. Deepak tries to re-imagine Jesus' lost years (the gap in the Bible) and does a good job. Interesting perspective on his life from someone who usually writes about Eastern philosophies for the Western audience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 10/21/2011

    " I've been trying to get back to this book but can't. It doesn't seem like an accurate representation of Jesus' life to me. Maybe that's just me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 9/17/2011

    " Fictional story of the years not covered in the NT. Definitely Eastern flavor added to this familiar story made it good for the brain as well as the spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/3/2011

    " This novel makes jesus into a real person. An average young man like the rest of us but with an enormous purpose set out for him. I love that it does NOT portray him as judgemental or vengeful. A real life look at a prophet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/24/2011

    " The story itself wasn't as compelling as the author's take on Christ consciousness in the epilogue/author's notes at the end. I deeply respect Chopra and his work/vision and his insight here is some of the best I've read, especially coming from a non-Christian. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/30/2011

    " A reviewer put it in the class of "The Red Tent!" Rubbish! Poorly written. Badly contrived. Filled with historical and biblical inaccuracies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 12/14/2010

    " Not as motivating as I thought it would be. I think I am use non-fiction books and was looking to find that. You have to remember this is fiction, a story. The Reader's Guide at the back was worth looking at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/5/2010

    " Marvelous! This novel about the life of Jesus that we don't know -- all made up by Mr. Chopra -- is awesome!

    Well-written -- a page-turner! As you can see, I read it in one day. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 10/25/2010

    " audio 3.5
    I am enjoying the author's exploration of Jesus's work at a time when the Roman's were changing the face of the Arab nations.
    read by the author "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mmg2222 | 10/24/2010

    " I expected a lot more or else I completely missed the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teressa | 9/30/2010

    " A very interesting perspective on Jesus' journey to God-realization. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 8/23/2010

    " I've always been a fan of Deepak Chopra. His books have always been insightful. This book did not really show how Jesus became enlightened. The book was more a gapping story of his early life. Really, save yourself $14.99 and read the New Testament. "

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About the Author
Author Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and is acknowledged as one of the master teachers of Eastern philosophy in the Western world. He has written over sixty books and has been a bestselling author for decades, with more than a dozen titles on the New York Times bestseller lists, including Buddha and Jesus.