Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Year of Living Biblically

This book is explained fully by its subtitle: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. AJ Jacobs, a native New Yorker (as Jewish as the Olive Garden is Italian), decides he is going to live all the laws of the Old Testament and New Testament during the course of a year. He takes trips to Israel, a creationism museum in Wisconsin and a snake-handler's church in Tennessee as part of his spiritual journey. He consults with various rabbis and priests that guide him and provide answers to his many questions. The results are super funny, inspiring, and thought-provoking. If I have any disappointment, it is that he pretty well glossed over the New Testament. But, he admits up front that with his Jewish heritage he had a hard time even going there.

Well worth a read.

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