I recently read Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra (2008).
I’ve been a fan of DC’s thinking and writing for years, but this is the first of his fictional works I’ve read. In this book, DC attempts to fill in some of the blanks of the life of Jesus that are left out of the New Testament of the Bible.
He weaves a very interesting and believable fictional tale of Jesus seeking to understand himself and his mission on the planet, of the personal relationships between Jesus and Judas and Mary, of Jesus learning to adapt to his chosenness status, and of Jesus ultimate resignation to a greater calling. As with all historical fiction, I learned a great deal about the peoples and contexts of the times of Jesus earthly life.
DP always makes me think at a very deep level about what it is I believe, why I believe it, and how I am manifesting those beliefs. I particularly enjoyed his conversation in the Reader’s Guide (non-fiction) at the end of the book, in which he provides some keen insight into what it was/is that Jesus wanted/wants from his followers.
A very good read.