The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs

I enjoyed Jacobs' first foray into nonfiction (The Know-It-All), and he seems to have hit on a formula for books - throwing himself into seemingly pointless tasks whole heartedly and turning it into a book at the end. Last time, it was reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica - this time, Jacobs is going to follow the Bible for a year...to the letter.

What follows is a revealing look at the Bible (with all its parables, intricacies, idiocies, and stories) and Jacobs struggle to come to terms with his religion, his own reverence, his wife's pregnancy with twins, and with how to stop scaring people with his beard and his robes of non-mixed fibers. ;-) He tries valiantly to obey even the most off the wall, no longer followed, obscure orders from the Bible, and meets a lot of interesting religious folks along the way. Jacobs makes an effort to change his own religious views, which were nebulous at best, and to become more devout. It's not scathing about religion, or followers, just gently mocking at times.

I liked the of starting a year with a book following a yearlong quest - though this obviously isn't one I would take on myself, I thought it was interesting, entertaining, and in some ways, solidified a few more of my views about the Bible...

Recommended - particularly if you enjoyed Jacobs' previous title.

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