The Year of Living Biblically

The Year of Living Biblically

One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

Book - 2007
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The author of The Know-It-All follows up his New York Times bestselling account of reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica with another improbable adventure--a year spent living, as literally as possible, by the rules of the Bible.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780743291477
Branch Call Number: 240 JACOBS A
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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SPL_jennifer Oct 10, 2019

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Jul 25, 2018

5 out of 5 for this book. The book is better than the television show and laid out in a way easy to understand. It could even be used to examine fallacies of the Bible. This is a must read for any religious person.

Oct 09, 2016

Over all I found his adventure to be interesting, but for me it just didn't click. Don't get me wrong it was interesting and insightful at times, it just left we with a "that's all" at the end. Its worth the listen, but I just couldn't help feeling like there needed to be something more to this one. Maybe I just like my religion more scholarly and less social commentary

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

In his second book, (the first is entitled The Know-it-all), Jacobs makes a quest to live the ultimate biblical life. His approach is humorous and informative. How do you follow the Bible to the letter while living in New York city?

Feb 27, 2014

I got this for my hubby and he really enjoyed it...

Jul 21, 2013

Boring after a while

Jun 30, 2013

Kind of gets old fast, since there is no plot, just the guy finding new ways to apply the bizarre rules to his life.

May 18, 2013

This one's a keeper - I'm going to buy my own copy. AJ Jacobs in part wanted to show how ridiculous it is to attempt to follow the laws of the Bible literally and to follow all of them. Over the course of the book, he realizes that absolutely no one - not even evangelical Christians - follows the Bible wholly and literally. Everyone who follows it, follows "Cafe Christianity" or "Cafe Judaism" - and is none the worse for it. As he decides, by the end, why not pick and choose the things that help you to live a better life? ("better" meaning more compassionate, more mindful, more honest etc) This book is full of interesting anecdotes, as Jacobs delves into a wide range of spiritual practices in search of enlightenment. (The snake-handling branch of Christianity is incredibly interesting, and I was intrigued to have a glimpse inside the creationist museum along with him and to learn about the egg ceremony and the dancing many fascinating tales in this book!)

ehbooklover Oct 12, 2012

Sometimes serious and poignant, sometimes uproariously funny. Full of very interesting insights into both Judaism and Christianity. I enjoyed reading about how the author's year-long experiment affected his family, especially his wife.

Jun 27, 2012

Enjoyable read. Interesting perspective on religious beliefs and behaviours/traditions that are associated with these beliefs.

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SPL_jennifer Oct 10, 2019

Newspaper columnist and best-selling author A.J. Jacobs undertakes a year- long social experiment. He asks himself whether he can obey all the rules in the Christian Bible and how would that impact his life?

His observations on his quest to adhere to Biblical laws is both funny and thought-provoking. His family’s reaction is even better, and while they aim to support him, their exasperation shows through his first person account.

This book is hands down hilarious as well as shining a light on how religion and life intersect, and he respectfully explores how the “old” ways could be adapted to modern life although not easily. For example, he throws stones at a man in Central Park, intending to reproduce a stoning, but after consulting with religious advisers, he discovers that in biblical times, stoning actually meant pushing the victim off a cliff. Not wanting to commit murder, he stops. A highly entertaining read from a prolific author.

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Sep 12, 2011

Anger. I gave the finger to the ATM.

You see, the ATM charged me a $1.75 fee for withdrawal. A dollar seventy-five? That's bananas. So I flipped off the screen. As Julie tells me, when you start making rude gestures to inanimate objects, it's time to work on your anger issues.


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