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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Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2007
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9780743291477
0743291476
Branch Call Number: 220 Jac 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 388 p. :,ill

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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?

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Vivica
Feb 27, 2014

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

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carusu
Jul 21, 2013

Boring after a while

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smichal
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.

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modestgoddess
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 and....so 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.

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jonahchristensen
Jun 27, 2012

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

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bbb1771
Mar 01, 2012

A J Jacobs does it again. His wife deserves 80% of the royalities for putting up with Jacobs' 'research'.

Too funny.

Added irony that many of those living in the 'Bible Belt' would probably look down their noses if he had done his project in their midst.

crankylibrarian Sep 19, 2011

It's easy to poke fun at someone else's oddball beliefs or customs; I do it all the time.What's great about this books is that Jacobs looks beyond the weirdness to how these arcane customs affect people's lives. No matter how agnostic you are, it's hard to not admire the communal joy the Hasidim experience while dancing with the Torah, or the tight knit support among the Amish.<br/><br/>Jacobs also realizes that even the weirdest rules help him to become a better person. Not shaving his beard for example reminds him of the commandment to not harvest the corners of a field, but to leave that bit for the poor. Putting on tefillin is a tangible reminder of the Commandments literally before his eyes.<br/><br/>For those who still scoff, ask yourself, how often do I lie, get angry needlessly, indulge myself at the expense of others? Am I really giving as much to charity as I can afford? Am I really leading an ethical life? Following the Bible isn't the only route to living ethically, but as Jacobs discover, it certainly makes one live *mindfully*.

LocketLibrarian Aug 02, 2011

Interesting read. Again I learn more about religion and faith from an unlikely source.

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mlaycraft
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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