From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a
fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.
Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the
relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive
in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible
for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be
fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the
hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of
mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.
The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound,
reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you
see history's most influential book with new eyes.
Jacobs's quest transforms his life even more radically than the
year spent reading the entire "Encyclopedia Britannica" for "The
Know-It-All." His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly
mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer,
tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the
absolute truth in all situations - much to his wife's chagrin.
Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a
cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He
tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with
Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and
does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He discovers ancient
biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with
seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century
brain.Jacobs's extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected
epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both
secular and religious, "The Year of Living Biblically" is part
Cliff Notes to the Bible, part memoir, and part look into worlds
unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down.
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