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The Transmigrant

by Kristi Saare Duarte


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What if Jesus was just an ordinary boy searching for enlightenment?

In AD 8, the charismatic young Yeshua speaks with the voice of God at the Temple of Jerusalem. His audience is thrilled, but the priests scoff and say that no carpenter, however wise, can ever enter their holy ranks. Robbed of his only dream, Yeshua resigns to a drab life as a carpenter in Galilee. Until one day, when a Buddhist pilgrim tells him that in his country Sindh anyone can become a monk. An irresistible portal of hope opens and Yeshua must choose honoring his parents or selfishly chasing his dream.

Inspired in part by Russian explorer Nicolas Notovitch's 1894 book about Jesus's travels in Asia, this award-winning novel is an enchanting story about Jesus's lost years that will fascinate you and stay with you forever.

Duarte masterly traces the evolution of Jesus' thought, and the grand synthesis of religious traditions it culminates in. Captivating and powerfully related account of Jesus' early years. [Kirkus Reviews]

The Transmigrant is a unique historical tale. A lot of research has gone into making this one of the best reads yet. I haven't read anything quite this good. [Urban Book Reviews]

An account that is very human and divine in nature, in moving language that provokes both conversation and meditation. Well-researched, focused, credible and inspirational historical fiction! [Historical Novel Society]

Brilliant in its simplicity of style. A vibrant living tapestry that humanizes Jesus in a sensitive and delicate way, which we have not seen since Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha, or Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. [Paul Davids, Director of "Jesus in India," an NBC Universal documentary] 
A beautiful story, deeply touching and very inspirational. Filled with vivid descriptions and emotionally charged passages; the author fills the senses of readers with sounds, sights, and smells. It will transport readers to endearing spiritual climates. [Reader's Favorite]


"This is one of the most moving stories I have read in a long time!" - Mr. K. Forrest

"A beautifully written and intelligent "what if" about the lost years of Jesus' life" - Mary Sheeran

"Yeshua's fascinating trip is addictive and enlightening. After the last page you just want to meditate and wish for more kindness in the world." - Pilou

"... an inspirational book which makes you reflect on oneself and makes you want to be a better person." Saare de Sousa Tina

"An absolutely delicious read." – Aime

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Kristi Saare Duarte (Author)

Kristi Saare Duarte, author of the award-winning novel THE TRANSMIGRANT, is Estonian by origin, but Swedish by birth. She has spent her life traveling the world and chasing adventures. Always open to change, Kristi has lived in Sweden, England, Es...

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