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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Buddha and Jesus weaves together historical narrative, mystery, exciting adventure, and intrigue in this masterfully told novel that reveals surprising discoveries about the unknown last disciple of Christ and a new understanding of who Jesus was in his final days.
When a solid-gold reliquary missing from a church in Belgium suddenly resurfaces in America, a young newspaperman begins to investigate the story. At first it seems like just another case of a treasure stolen during World War II that has resurfaced. But it soon becomes apparent that much more is at stake.
Hidden within the medieval reliquary is a gold box that holds a sacred relic - a single finger bone - from an anonymous saint. Why would the remains of someone unknown to the Church be considered holy? The search for answers leads to a shocking discovery - a dangerous secret known only to a small band of people. If one touches the reliquary, a sacred vision is received - a vision involving a young girl who had a chance encounter with Jesus just before he was crucified.
The few people who have been blessed with these miraculous messages have banded together into a mysterious school, a closed society that preserves this venerated wisdom. But their knowledge of the young girl and Jesus is at once so fascinating and so highly controversial that it cannot be shared with the world.
This young girl, curious about the charismatic man named Jesus, embarks on a quest to find out who he really was. What she finds - the knowledge the society protects - is at times far different from the accepted Gospels. Could this unknown girl be the 13th Disciple - the last and truest apostle of Christ?
©2015 The Deepak K. Chopra and Rita Chopra Family Trust (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jacob Lee on 04-03-15


This was a nice book that I enjoyed a lot. It is definitely not a book for everyone, but if you like books that involve a lot of spirituality and you aren't opposed to take a leap of faith then you'll enjoy this immensely. I like that it was entertaining throughout and offered some spiritual insight at the end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elan Sun Star on 03-31-15

Powerfully insightful and rich spiritual drama

If you could sum up The 13th Disciple in three words, what would they be?

A brilliant novel . A psycho spiritual revelation of contemporary insights into ancient truths
and deeply meaningful wisdom

What other book might you compare The 13th Disciple to and why?

Dan Brown's " Da Vinci Code"

Which scene was your favorite?

The entire book is a seamless whole not to be analyzed as fragments.
The last chapters are powerful revelations of meaning.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The latter chapters and their synthesis of deeper meanings.

Any additional comments?

The profound realizations that spirituality is an inherent quality of the soul.
Deepak uses a much broader and rich palette of colorful dynamics in this novel style.
As compared to his other books this book is a tapestry of color and emotion and depth
quite unique , Deepak's "always present" insight into psycho-spiritual development shines in this opus.

Read this book ..your soul will be nourished
if you are a skeptic you might find that the heart is infinitely more wise than the doubting analyzing intellect.

True "gold" is a matter of values and true wisdom is always deeply meaningful regardless of the form it manifests in.

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4 out of 5 stars
By mr a thomson on 05-15-15

a very good story

I very much I
enjoyed this story as it took something we all believe we know and added a little bit of light

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