Book Review: The Transmigrant, by Kristi Saare Duarte

Five stars

The Transmigrant, by Kristi Saare Duarte, is an historical fiction, depicting the  life of Yeshua, the son of a Palestinian carpenter, destined by the ways of his culture, to follow in the footsteps of his father. Yeshua, however, has no such plan – he wants to follow another path and learn the secrets of life – and ultimately to teach a new spiritual path that does not necessarily hold to the rituals and conventions of strict Judaism. Pressured by family and peers to obey his father and get married on the threshold of his teens, Yeshua runs away with another novice, a monk, also a seeker of truth, and begins his journey. His travels take him to the far reaches of India, to the foothills of the Himalayas, through lands where he meets followers of Buddhism and Hinduism and begins to see that not everyone shares the same god, nor faith, nor beliefs. He finds solace in meeting common folk; the workers, the farmers, the poor, and he starts to realize that his calling in life is to bring the message of God to all people, not just “the chosen ones” or those who are faithfully loyal to “their one true God”. Over years, he learns bits and pieces of spiritual truths, finds love, loses love, but he never stops teaching the common folk, and word spreads of a different kind of teacher, one who professes that God loves everyone equally, and in turn, that everyone should love and respect others as equals. The obvious parallels are drawn to the early life of Jesus Christ and his eventual return to the Holy Land where he eventually faced his fate at the hands of Rome. This is not a tragic tale, however, it is a fascinating perspective about a man whose name became synonomous with one of the largest religious movements in the known history of Earth. One sees the journey from a very young boy’s eyes, a boy who challenges the status quo, the “you must believe or else” mantra of the culture around him; a boy, who, as he grows older, grows wiser and sees that the only true God can be one that respects all people as equals. There are plenty of adventures, twists and turns, near-death episodes, not to mention the threads of spiritual insights which the author weaves into the plot. This is not an evangelical presentation, far from it. It is, quite possibly, a more accurate rendering of the journey that Jesus Christ undertook, an invitation to the reader to see a different perspective than that presented by conventional biblical texts. A very worthwhile read and recommended.

Review by Writers Inspiring Change



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