Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment
by Deepak Chopra
HarperOne, 288 pages, $24.95
The problem with the gospels, says Chopra, is that they give us a static Jesus”a Jesus who didnt have problems and who didnt evolve. Jesus, Chopra complains, was born divine in Bethlehem and remained that way for the rest of his life. Worse, millions of people who have worshipped Jesus have done so without being transformed. Except for a few saints and such, almost nobody claiming Jesus has ever become the light of the world.
Like Buddha and every other enlightened person, Jesus wanted his followers to become enlightened too, writes Chopra. Christians have been just such an awful disappointment to Jesus. To help Jesus out”I think Chopra wants to be helpful”he produced this tale of the lost years of Jesus, who stumbles his way to Christhood largely by, well, discovering Chopras Five Steps to Enlightenment, helpfully summarized in an epilogue. These turn out to be little more than Chopras version of Have you accepted Jesus as your personal guide and guru? Frankly, Anne Rices Christ the Lord series is better written, more insightful, and actually downright reverent.