Title: The Breath the God
Author: Jeffery Small
Review: I didn’t know what to expect from this book…another Da Vinci Code? Another religious mystery to solve…would it be any good, at all? Would it contain angels or other paranormal activity? No and WOW!!! I have to tell you that this book kept me on the edge of my seat. I started it on Tuesday and would have finished earlier if it wasn’t for work, kids, cooking, cleaning and the like. I finished it Wednesday night and I was extremely impressed with the writing and the tale. The words flew off the page and kept me reading. Great pacing made the book move even with so much going on with the different characters and settings. Lots of twists and turns kept you wondering ‘who dunit?’
I loved the monks and their sweet view of life and the world…if we all could see things like that what a wonderful world this would be. The life of Christ and other religious figures is hard to discuss for some people, but I have to say that I was inspired by the way the book connected everything. Why not be connected together instead of fighting against each other. One thing about Jesus Christ is that he taught love and tolerance and never would have advocated hate and violence against anyone for any reason. I found the monks teachings interesting especially coupled with Christianity. What a interesting way to view the world and everyone in it. I have never believed that anyone will go to hell for not believing in Christ…the world is varied and so is everyone in it. Good people exist in every religion along with some not so good people. God is no respecter of persons, he loves us all as his children. He is in and part of all of us. One way could not be for everyone. The last page has a quote that sums the above up.
“When a deer walks through the forest, he will take a path along the ground, while a squirrel will leap from branch to branch. The bird will fly above the trees, while the worm will tunnel underneath them. Each animal reaches its destination, but is one way thought the forest the best? Will one path even work for all the animals?”
Everyone is different, has different experiences that mark their lives and one way will not be enough for everyone in this world. Think about the way you believe and live your life…would that work for everyone? We might think so, but truthfully it wouldn’t. Different cultures, different genetics, different life experiences along with different advantages and disadvantages starting at birth continuing though life for each of us. Not one of us is the exact same as another.
This book is a quick, thrilling ride that will make you think. I love a book that makes me think after I’ve closed the pages, especially one as enjoyable to read as this. The mystery is great, the characters are varied and you will fall in love with a few. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys mystery/thriller and if you like Dan Brown you will enjoy this book.
Publisher: March 1st 2011 by Hundreds of Heads Books (first published February 18th 2011)
Quick Review: 5 Stars out of 5.
Where Did I Read the Book: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world’s great religious faiths.
In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter.
Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn’t have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world’s understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever if he survives.
Author Biography: A graduate of Yale, Harvard, and Oxford Universities, Jeffrey Small has studied Yoga in India, practiced meditation in Bhutan, and journeyed throughout the Holy Land. He is the author of two books including the suspense novel, THE BREATH OF GOD, a popular contributor to the Huffington Post, and an acclaimed speaker.