This is a fun little book on a heavy duty topic. I really enjoyed the various perspectives on why some people adhere to the Old Testament rules. I listened to this book mostly on headphones in public places and at several points I found myself having to explain my sudden outbursts of uncontrollable laughter to surrounding bus riders/grocery shoppers. That being said, the silly parts are pretty much where you expect them to be and the attempts at poignancy feel a little bit like the wrap up of an episode of Wonder Years or Full House.
If you're on the fence, you should probably go ahead and listen to this book. It gets sort of lame at the end, but the first three quarters are worth twelve bucks.
I'm having a difficult time trying to describe how I feel about this book. It seemed to have enlightened me. I looked forward to getting in my car so that I could listen to it. love!
Fun book to read! He literally lives Biblically for a year and I cannot help but laugh at some of the "rules". Left giving thanks for the small things.
Yeah, its quite uplifting and would be good for a pick me up.
Great listen! I would highly suggest it
Unabashed Progressive Christian seeking to learn, not preach.
One of my favorites
Very thought provoking book. What would it be like if we tried to live our lives according to all the rules of the Old and New Testaments? AA Jacobs, an avowed non religious agnostic, shows how difficult, downright impossible, and how delightfully rewarding some of the rules can be when really looked at. Well written, enjoyable read (listen). Honest. He still remains an agnostic at the end, which is a refreshing honesty.
There are some learnable lessons for anyone who considers themselves religious.
Jacobs made a lot of excuses that poorly reflected on his validity.
The characters were him and his family, with the occasional interview, so yes.
Probably not, though apparently it might be happening.
Entertaining - yes. At times because it is a joke. I'm glad he was changed, but so much more was possible.
Yes, A.J. Jacobs is a very good narrator. I was continually anxious for what would be next.
I don't remember the fellows name, the guy that helped him keep grounded in the Jewish Faith and all of it's twists.
No. I am a Born again Christian, I continually waited for A.J. to be inspired by the life of Jesus and the New Testament and find Jesus himself. What happened? He cut his beard and left his robe behind and became the same person he was before he started. As it turned out for A.J. the year was a "project" for a book and not something life altering that Jesus went to the Cross for.
I am glad that I spent the time with A.J. Jacobs. I do wish that he would understand that living biblically after the crucifixion of Jesus changed greatly. After Jesus died on the cross we must accept Him as the Messiah born of a virgin and ask Him to forgive our sins and the Trinity fills in where all of the "do this at this time" was in ancient" Trinity--Father,Son,Holy Spirit.
Maybe a professional narrator would have added that little more pizzazz to this peculiar story. Even if based entirely on the author personal experience, I feel that having him read the story rather than a narrator has taken something away from the pleasure of listening to it.