Monday, August 31, 2009

The Year of Living Biblically - AJ Jacobs

the year of living biblically
aj jacobs
c. 2007
400 pages
completed 8/23/2009

read for: tbr challenge

*may contain spoilers*

I think the subtitle really sums this books up the best way possible: "One man's humble quest to follow the bible as literally as possible."

I had heard of this book and been interested in it for a while. But I was a little skeptical about reading it. I was worried the author would come across as an extreme, that he would either spend the whole book force feeding the reader the word of God or, on the other hand, he would spend the whole book mocking religion and those who are religious. As it turns out, he did neither of these things. He stayed pleasantly in the middle, trying to follow the bible and really discover the meanings behind each commandment in the bible. And not just the main ten, but every command. He met with leaders and followers of as many different denominations of Abrahamic religion as possible to see different ways of worshiping and interpreting the bible. This was not just an interesting book to read, it was also extremely funny which I think is important in a book like this. You always need a little humor.



Lezlie said...

I always thought this book looked fun. I have his book about reading the encyclopedia that I intend to read. Someday. :-)


Veronica said...

After reading this one, I think I'm going to have to add that to my list as well.