What if Jesus was just an ordinary boy seeking enlightenment? Read the award-winning novel that others have called "life-changing" and "divinely inspired."
8 AD, at the Temple of Jerusalem. Charismatic young Yeshua thrills his audience when God seems to communicate through him. While his listeners gush, not everyone is impressed. The priests scoff and say that no carpenter, however wise, can ever enter their holy ranks. Humiliated and robbed of his only dream, Yeshua resigns to a drab life as a laborer and even agrees to marry the wealthy maiden his father has chosen for him.
One day, when a Buddhist pilgrim invites Yeshua along to the magical country Sindh, where anyone can become a monk, an irresistible portal of hope opens.
Torn between duty and following his bliss, Yeshua must choose between keeping his promise to his father or selfishly chasing his dream and bringing everlasting shame upon his family.
If you enjoy spiritual, thought-provoking fiction like The Celestine Prophecy or The Alchemist, and have ever wondered if Jesus did travel in India, you will love this riveting, deeply moving novel.
International Book Award - 2018 - Religious Fiction (Gold)
Nautilus Book Awards - 2017 - Fiction (Silver)
Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) - 2018 - Religious Fiction (Bronze)
Finalist: Foreword INDIE Book of the Year Award - 2017 - Religious Fiction
Finalist: Next Generation Indie Book Awards - 2018 - Religious Fiction
Finalist: National Indie Excellence Awards - 2018 - Religious Fiction
"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
The Transmigrant is brilliant in its simplicity of style, an inspired narrative and vibrant living tapestry that humanizes Jesus in a sensitive and delicate way, the likes of which we have not seen in religious literature since Hermann Hesse's tale of the Buddha, Siddhartha, or Kahlil Gibrann's The Prophet. Well-researched and backed up with an insightful closing note from the author, this exquisite book, like the long lost scrolls of Russian explorer Nicolas Notovitch, places "Yeshua" in India during the eighteen "Missing Years," offering a detailed alternative history for the open-minded reader.
Paul Davids - Writer / Producer / Director of "Jesus in India" from NBCUniversal
Kristi Saare Duarte's vivid narrative deploys the methods of fiction to get at a truth about Jesus that history too often ignores. By de-centering the geography of Jesus' development, The Transmigrant uncovers the emotional substratum of religious genius.
Bruce Chilton - Professor of Religion at Bard College and Author of "Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography"