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West Hills Press 414 pages - soft cover 2011. Visionary Fiction (historical/thriller)

West Hills Press 414 pages – soft cover 2011. Visionary Fiction (historical/thriller)

This book, based on actual historical documents, sets its roots in the untold life of Saint Isa, uncovered within a Hemis Monastery in India by Nikolai Aleksandrovich Notovich, aka Nicholas Notovitch, in 1887. These documents, according to Notovich, link together all religious beliefs, and parallels the life of Isa (‘Isa’ being the Arabic name of Jesus in Islam – referred to as Issa in the Western world) to that of Buddha, Mohammed and Siddhartha. In 1890, Notovich wrote a translation, and published his findings as The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ. Condemned and silenced for heresy, Notovich’s discovery vanished shortly thereafter.

While the Bible tells us about the beginning and end of the life of Jesus, it is conspicuously silent about his middle years. The missing texts memorialize the journey taken by Jesus during those Biblical ‘silent’ years, and is documented, with undisputed clarity, by the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

The Breath of God centers around a graduate student who travels to the Himalayas in search of the sacred texts. What he uncovers is a conspiracy of zealots who will stop at nothing to protect these documents and the knowledge that will change how we view religion. I believe Small’s story is loosely based on the life of Notovich (though never stated) and his discovery of the missing Gospel. Is the Gospel true? Depends on whom you ask. As is the case with all theological matters, nothing is ever what it seems.

Small’s telling of this story seems to mimic that of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, but, in my opinion, falls short of Brown’s genius. Having said this, however, The Breath of God is very well researched and is an excellent jumping-off point from which to get into the thick of it with regard to the histories of Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mohammed and Siddhartha. I’m actually looking forward to reading Jeffrey Small’s second book, The Jericho Deception, which is in the same theological vein as this one.

If you’ve a like-interest, you may read The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ here, made possible by The Project Gutenberg. The ‘Resume’ and ‘Explanatory Notes’ at the end of the book, are most enlightening.


4 Responses to “THE BREATH OF GOD”

  1. woodlandgnome December 9, 2014 at 8:59 p12 #

    You may enjoy “Jesus, Buddha, Krishna,and LaoTzu, The Parallel Sayings,” by Richard Hooper which I just purchased yesterday. Hooper devotes an appendix to Notovich’s story, which I’ve been aware of for many years. The tomb is there- well guarded. Like so much history destroyed by the zealot Christians over the centuries, there is not much physical evidence left for the casual to find and follow. But truth is truth, and eventually is rediscovered when the times allow for it. I’m looking forward to “The Breath of God” now. Thank you for the tip. Best wishes, WG

    • WORDMAN December 9, 2014 at 8:59 p12 #

      Thank you so much for your comment. I will look into Hooper’s book. And, you are so very right, ‘truth is truth’. Nothing can change it.


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