An international bestseller published in more than twenty countries, this is an extraordinary journey through the world's religions that does for spirituality what Sophie's World did for philosophy.
Already a literary sensation in Europe, this astonishing novel is at once the heartwarming story of a child in search of healing and a fascinating exploration of the many forms of religious faith. Theo is a bright boy who loves computer games and Greek myths. Suddenly, one day he falls ill. The doctors have no clue as to the cause or the cure. His rich aunt Martha decides that they must travel the globe to find a solution. But the journey is no ordinary one...Crisscrossing Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Martha takes Theo on a desparate tour of the world's major religions, from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and their various branches, to Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, Confucianism, Shintoism, animism, and macumba and voodoo. At each stop, a special guide explains the tenets and history of the faith and helps the child to understand the nature of its spirituality. There is a lot for skeptical Theo to sink his teeth into. But the path to healing is also one of greater self-knowledge, and along the way he learns such interesting facts as why Sikhs are forbidden to cut their hair, why Indiana Jones was looking for the Lost Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia, and why Hindu pilgrims bathe in the Ganges.