Author Stan I. S. Law draws his readers in quickly with a convincing narrative voice in this “memoir” of life with Jesus, as told by Jesus’ best (Hindu) friend. Fiction ties in swiftly with gospel events, giving a sense of what’s to come. And the world of Jesus’ time is made vividly real, with excellent historical and geographical detail, as teenagers travel physical roads, and study philosophical meanings with an Indian trading caravan.
The somewhat gnostic Jesus of the author’s imaginings keeps this novel firmly rooted in fiction for me. But the details of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs (and more), the interconnections between stories of different traditions, and the harmonies of truths are beautifully told and endlessly fascinating. With a wise and learned man guiding the younger student, and much intriguing information to be conveyed, the book does for faith what Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World did for philosophy, and I truly enjoyed it.
Some strange word choices slow the tale for me, and on occasion I had to leave the book for the computer, compelled to check the internet for evidence of unexpected details (Judith of the Essenes for example). A few of the “old” beliefs espoused might actually be newer than they’re painted, and there’s a definite new-age flavor to the book. But this is a novel, and as such it’s a fascinating journey through history and faith, with great characters, much food for thought, and many rewards for the reader.
Disclosure: The author offered a free copy and I promised an honest review.
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