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Jesus in India
What if Jesus was once just an ordinary boy seeking enlightenment? An inspirational novel about Jesus’s lost years that will make you believe in universal harmony.
In the year 8 AD, five-year-old Yeshua receives a visit from two mysterious strangers who predict he will bring a message of peace to the world. Oblivious of the prophecy, Yeshua grows up yearning to be a rabbi, but soon learns that it’s his duty and destiny to become a carpenter like his father. One day, when a Buddhist pilgrim tells Yeshua about a country called Sindh where anyone can be a monk, his hope is kindled. He joins a camel caravan and sets off on a thousand-mile journey across the Silk Road into the unknown. Along the way, he studies the teachings of the Buddha and Krishna and loses his virginity to a beautiful young widow in a secluded convent. Upon returning to Palestine after nearly twenty years, he finds a country tormented by the Romans who perceive him as a dangerous rebel.
THE TRANSMIGRANT is an alternative, fictional take on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, inspired both by ancient scriptures and relatively new findings, such as Russian traveler Nicolas Notovitch's 1894 book "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ." It is a remarkable tale of self-discovery and a reflection on the lengths to which a man will go to be admired, accepted, and, ultimately, loved.
International Book Award - 2018 - Religious Fiction (Gold)
Nautilus Book Awards - 2017 - Fiction (Silver)
Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) - 2018 - Religious Fiction (Bronze)
Finalist: Foreword INDIE Book of the Year Award - 2017 - Religious Fiction
Finalist: Next Generation Indie Book Awards - 2018 - Religious Fiction
Finalist: National Indie Excellence Awards - 2018 - Religious Fiction
The author artfully concocts a less self-possessed
Jesus, still grasping for a sense of his life's mission. She delves into his youthful worldly longings, and the romantic experiences he has before his ministry. Captivating and powerfully related account of Jesus' early years. - Kirkus Reviews
An account that is very human and divine in nature, in moving language that provokes both conversation and meditation. Well-researched, focused, credible and inspirational historical fiction! -Historical Novel Society
A beautiful story, deeply touching and very inspirational. Filled with vivid descriptions and emotionally charged passages; the author fills the senses of readers with sounds, sights, and smells. It will transport readers to endearing spiritual climates. - Reader's Favorite
Brilliant in its simplicity of style, an inspired narrative that humanizes Jesus in a sensitive and delicate way, which we have not seen since Hermann Hesse's tale of the Buddha, Siddhartha, or Kahlil Gibrann's The Prophet. A detailed alternative history for the open-minded reader. - Paul Davids,Writer / Producer / Director of "Jesus in India" from NBCUniversal
A vivid narrative[that] deploys the methods of fiction to get at a truth about Jesus that history too often ignores. Jesus felt, explored, and articulated connections between humanity and the divine, and among human beings, in a way that has never been matched. The Transmigrant uncovers the emotional substratum of religious genius. - Bruce Chilton,Professor of Religion at Bard College andAuthor of "Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography"
The Transmigrant will transport you to that ancient cosmos of biblical times with such searing vividness, you will swear the story is unfolding before your very eyes. The journey of this unforgettable story truly satisfies the reader on both a physical as well as spiritual level. - Luis Gonzalez,Author of Luz
An excellent coming-of-age novel, imbued with great mysticism... There are many adventures, twists, almost deadly episodes, not to mention the threads of spiritual intuitions that the author weaves into the plot. - Crono News, Italy
Duarte invites you to see the story of Jesus in adifferent light. Duarte's telling of the story of Yeshua flowssmoothly, weaving naturally in with stories from the Bibleand history and reported experiences of Jesus - WordsAPlenty
About the Author
Kristi Saare Duarte is the award-winning author of spiritual novels THE TRANSMIGRANT and THE HOLY CONSPIRACY. She developed her expertise on Jesus and the disciples by studying ancient scrolls and historical scriptures, including the Nag Hammadi Library, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Josephus Flavius’s Antiquities of the Jews. Kristi is also a healer and a spiritual channel and believes that all religions stem from the same universal message: love your neighbor as yourself and be kind to all.