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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
I, Yeshua: Awakener by Lars Gimstedt is the fictional story of the life of Jesus. This life is different from the one we read in the Bible and, as Gimstedt quotes in the foreword, “this book reflects my personal beliefs on how His life may have been, and my personal belief about who Yeshua really was, in contrast to the “official” descriptions in the Bible and in other scriptures”. As I read I, Yeshua: Awakener, I found the story to be the same but the interpretation very different than the one I have learned from my Bible readings. Jesus does not see himself as a man who can perform miracles. Yeshua (or Jesus, as the name we are more familiar with) as a young boy loves to hear his mother tell the story of how Gabriel came to her and he tells her about the visit he also received from an angel, telling him about his future life. His conversations with Ohannes (John the Baptist), Hakob (James, his brother) and his twelve disciples are what I was comfortable with and the principles I have been taught. However, some of the answers Jesus gives were not in line with my beliefs. The hardest one being that he does not perform miracles, that but they are more of a magical "believe in yourself and it will happen" explanation.
I, Yeshua: Awakener is a very different type of book and, while I did not agree with all of it, I did find myself wondering about the alternative answers. Lars Gimstedt has written a story that made me think. If the foreword had not been so explicit I am not sure I would have enjoyed reading I, Yeshua: Awakener. This book must be read with a very open mind. A strong knowledge of the Bible is helpful as well if you want to compare faith against fiction.