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In Deepak Chopra's powerful, groundbreaking, and imaginative new work, a unique blend of storytelling and teaching, the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of ten historical prophets, saints, mystics, and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God. Our belief—and therefore God itself—transforms with each passing century. In this new novel, Chopra brings to life the defining moments of our most influential sages, ultimately revealing universal lessons about the true nature of God.
Job in the Old Testament experienced something completely different from Paul in the New Testament, Socrates chased a mercurial spirit almost unrecognizable to the strange voice that called to Rumi, and Shankara moved from town to town sharing the truth about a God that stood in marked contrast to the one that guided Anne Hutchinson—yet one sees an undeniable pattern. These visionaries took the human race down unknown roads, and Chopra invites us to revisit their destinations. Tearing at our hearts and uplifting our souls, God leads us to a profound and life-altering understanding about the nature of belief, the power of faith, and the spirit that resides within us all.
1 Job: "I Am the Lord Thy God" (Biblical Times) 5
2 Socrates: "Know Thyself" (470-399 BCE) 44
3 St. Paul: "I Am the Light of the World" (4 BCE-64 CE) 88
4 Shankara: "Life Is a Dream" (700-750) 124
5 Rumi: "Come with Me, My Beloved" (1207-73) 166
6 Julian of Norwich: "All Shall Be Well" (1342-1416) 207
7 Giordano Bruno: "Everything Is Light" (1548-1600) 243
8 Anne Hutchinson: "Spirit Is Perfect in Every Believer" (1591-1643) 279
9 Baal Shem Tov: "To Live Is to Serve God" (1700-1760) 313
10 Rabindranath Tagore: "I Am the Endless Mystery" (1861-1941) 348
Epilogue: "Are You There?" 393