Gerjo van der Horst grew up in a nonreligious family; they never spoke about faith. Perhaps that is the reason why everything to do with religion interested her. The movie Jesus Christ Superstar impressed her enormously. She understood that Jesus had been merely a human, with his own emotions, fears and doubts.
Gerjo continued her spiritual search, studying theology at Saxion High School in Enschede, the Netherlands. Rather than picturing Jesus as a miracle-worker, she has described how he showed people that they carry the key to real inner peace within themselves.
Most people know Jesus from the four gospels in the Bible and have built up a picture from that material. In our times, other writings have been found that show a very different Jesus, such as the gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Judas. The Jesus in those writings is much more spiritual, showing us the way to our inner selves through insights that we also come across in Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism.
This touching novel tells us about Jesus’ childhood, the untold story that cannot be found in the Bible. The author has woven some wonderful spiritual insights into the narrative. The story brings Jesus close like never before, wrestling in a very human way with the burden that has been placed on his shoulders. The choices that he has to make are so identifiable that many readers will recognise aspects of themselves in him.