A CONSPIRACY TO SUPRESS AN ANCIENT SECRET
THE BREATH OF GOD
A DEBUT NOVEL OF SUSPENSE
BY JEFFRY SMALL
A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world’s great religious faiths.
Graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient legend, but he doesn’t anticipate the conspiracy of zealots who will go to any length to prevent him from bringing this mystery public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that could change the world’s understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues deride as mere myth. A truth that could change his life forever—if he survives.
THE BREATH OF GOD (West Hills Press, an imprint of Hundreds of Heads Books; March 2011; Trade Paperback), a riveting debut novel by scholar Jeffrey Small, spins its suspenseful plot around one of the great mysteries of the Bible: the missing years of Jesus of Nazareth. What happened to Jesus between the ages of twelve and twenty-nine, two decades of his life about which the Bible is silent? Jeffrey Small, a graduate of Yale, Harvard, and Oxford universities, weaves a thought- provoking thriller inspired by his research on a Russian journalist’s actual historical discovery over a century ago. In 1887, Nicholas Notovitch uncovered evidence in a remote Himalayan monastery that revealed where Jesus was and what he did during those lost years. After he published his findings in 1894, he was condemned and silenced for the heresy that threatened to shake the very foundations of Christianity. His discovery mysteriously vanished shortly thereafter.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JEFFREY SMALL graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He holds a master’s degree in the study of religions from Oxford University. Jeffrey is an acclaimed speaker on the topics of rethinking religion in the twenty-first century and the common spiritual themes in the world’s religions. He is the author of GOD AS THE GROUND OF BEING: Tillich and Buddhism in Dialogue and blogs about spiritual topics at JeffreySmall.com. THE BREATH OF GOD is his first novel. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.
THE BREATH OF GOD
By Jeffrey Small
$15.95; TRADE PAPERBACK
West Hills Press, an imprint of Hundreds of Heads Books