I was not brought up with religion. These days I practice Zen Buddhism. This book changed my life when I read it in my early 20s. I always wanted to know who Jesus was, why he was crucified, why people are so devoted. This book answered my questions. Kazantzakis was a Bible scholar and was said to have read the Bible 10,000 times. (Which may be a superlative way of saying he was intimate with the Bible.)
To me, this book embraces the true spirit of Jesus's teachings--love thy neighbor, help the poor, and the Kingdom of God is within.
In today's world, money has leached its way into the true teachings of Jesus, and we see it all the time. This humble book is a steadfast reminder that all we need to do to find Jesus is to take a moment and look within. And take a moment, and look without.