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Derrick

Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

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  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
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    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent... But tongue in cheek"
    "weak effort"
    Overall

    This book is a huge disappointment. I purchased the book with the expectation that I would be following the authors radical transformation to "live biblically". Instead I get a story about a guy who grows a long beard and "tries" not to lie. The author gives the indication (both through the title and the forward) that he is going to live the bible literally. In the book he practices the bible tradition of stoning by dropping a store purchased pebble on a the foot of perceived sinner. The author takes the bizzaire stories of the old testament, like the attempted sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham and then attends a public chicken slaughter party as his "equivalent". So how does the author live the bible as litterally as possible? Well he tells the readers that he has sex with his wife to "be fruitfull and multiply" and he brings a fabric analyist into his home to ensure he has no blended clothing. When it comes to the new testament the author declares that he simply cannot accept that Jesus Christ is God. OK, well that's the fundamental message of the entire New Testament. So aside from following a few Jewish traditions (which millions of Orthodox Jew do every day) the author makes pathetic attempts to "follow the bible as literally as possible" and instead sums up his learnings with a generalized "it's good to have tradition but nothing is true or certain" philosophy. How unimpactful. Sorry to have read it. Should have read the other poor reviews on this site first.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful

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