Most people know Jesus from the four gospels in the Bible and have built up a picture from that material. In our times, other writings have been found that show a very different Jesus, such as the gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Judas. The Jesus in those writings is much more spiritual, sometimes even a mystic, showing us the way to our inner selves through insights that we also come across in Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism.
This touching novel tells us about Jesus' childhood, the untold story that cannot be found in the Bible. The recently discovered manuscripts help shape the story. The author has woven some wonderful spiritual insights into the narrative. Judas is for instance no longer the traitor and Mary Magdalene no longer the whore.
The story brings Jesus close like never before, wrestling in a very human way with the burden that has been placed on his shoulders. The choices that he has to make are so identifiable that many readers will recognise aspects of themselves in him.
Reactions from readers:
"What a fantastic book Jesus, the untold story is. I was really touched by it and I came across it at just the right time. My compliments."
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Gerjo van der Horst grew up in a non-religious family; they never spoke about faith. Perhaps that is the reason why everything to do with religion interested her. The movie Jesus Christ Superstar impressed her enormously. She understood that Jesus had been merely a human, with his own emotions, fears and doubts.
Gerjo continued her spiritual search, studying theology at Saxion High School in Enschede in the Netherlands. Rather than picturing Jesus as a miracle-worker, she has described how he showed people that they carry the key to real inner peace within themselves.
Chapters:Bethlehem, Nazareth, Qumran, Jerusalem, India, Persia, Galilee, Mary, Capernaum, Judea, Passover.
This story narrates of the life of Jesus, from his carefully arranged birth to his violent death on the cross. It tells a lot about Jesus' childhood, the untold story that cannot be found in the Bible. Even at an early age, he has to confront the special assignment that may be his destiny. To prepare him for his task, his parents take him to the monastery of the Essenes near Qumran where he astonishes the abbot with his insights. When he is twelve, he gets into his first conflict with the priests in Jerusalem and decides to leave for India to continue his education there. His sense of justice is thoroughly tested and he realises increasingly that an almost impossible challenge awaits him. When he eventually returns to Israel, he soon becomes entangled in a web of misunderstanding and political intrigues. Throughout all this, we see the sincere love of Mary of Magdalene for this exceptional man. However she too cannot prevent him from becoming a pawn in a political and religious game of chess.
Author Gerjo van der Horst: "I never had the intention to write a book about Jesus. So many books are already written about him. What could I add? But a performance of Steve Balsamo, the great Welsh singer who has sung the role of Jesus in the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" touched my heart and overnight the words and lines just like that came up in my head. This story just had be to written and I started to write without knowing where it would lead to. All the time I felt that it became beautiful and that I was doing Jesus justice with it.
Many readers are really moved by the story. I received many beautiful, personal reactions which inspire me to go on making a success of this story."
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