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One part adventure story, one part archaeological detective work, one part spiritual exploration, Walking the Bible vividly recounts an inspiring personal odyssey (by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel) through the greatest stories ever told.

Feeling a desire to reconnect to the Bible, award-winning author Bruce Feiler set out on a perilous, 10,000-mile journey retracing the Five Books of Moses through the desert. Traveling over three continents, through five countries, and four war zones, Feiler is the first person to complete such a historic expedition. He crosses the Red Sea, climbs Mt. Sinai, and interviews Bedouin and pilgrims alike, as he attempts to answer the question: Is the Bible just an abstraction, or is it a living, breathing entity?

Both a pulse-pounding adventure and an uplifting spiritual quest, Bruce Feiler's Walking the Bible is a stunning and elevating work of courage, scholarship, and heart that revisits the inscrutable desert landscape where the world's great religions were born and uncovers fresh answers to the most profound questions of the human spirit.

©2001 Bruce Feiler (P)2001 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.; 16 9

Critic Reviews

"Feiler's prose carries the narrative through. This book belongs on the shelves next to classics such as Wendy Orange's Coming Home to Jerusalem." (Publishers Weekly) "This is a genuinely inspiring and thought-provoking travelogue and a candid disclosure of the author/narrator's own spiritual growth." (AudioFile) "An instant classic...A pure joy to read." (Washington Post Book World) "Evocative, descriptive, emotionally honest, and often funny." (Christian Science Monitor) "[Feiler] is an excellent guide...He has...invested [this book] with a keen intellectual curiosity." (The New York Times)

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  • Greg
  • Coopersburg, PA, USA
  • 10-21-07

Pastor's Perspective

This book was outstanding. As a pastor and one who preaches from the OT, this book brought the OT alive, and gave me a great deal of insight into the narratives of OT stories. Thanks.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good Book, Terrible Reader

This is why authors shouldn't read their own books. Bruce write a great book, but the way he reads it is very annoying. He emphasises at the wrong times and his tones are just plain annoying at times. Overall though, the book was very interesting.

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  • Jonathan
  • Timmins , ON, Canada
  • 10-11-05

Thoughly Enjoyed

However personal in his feeling on the "biblical text", I have always believed there is not one person who I cannot learn something from. As a testimony to a personal journey of the spirit, I have enjoyed and found profit in the things this author has to write about. It is simply well done.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeffrey
  • Highland Park, NJ, United States
  • 07-25-05

Neither Here nor There

I had the impression this would be an archeological exploration and examination of the Bible's stories. It is that, in part; but it also about the author's travels, his variou thoughts on life, long winded passages read aloud..... I simply thought the theme was washed out by his many distractions.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jimmy
  • Willow Springs, MO, USA
  • 11-20-04

A Fantastic Book!

This book is absolutely great! I enjoyed the author's sense of wonderment as he walked through the history of the Bible and stood in the places we've all read about. There is also a sense of sadness to this book because of current events, but that doesn't deter from the book's underlying sense of spirituality. The only downside is Feiler's narration. A more professional reader would havve been better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • Boerne, TX, USA
  • 11-26-03

Walking the Bible

The book is an exceptional venture. Seldom is such a vivid picture of the Biblical setting portrayed in the written word.

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  • John A
  • Fairfax, VA USA
  • 05-18-04

The Bible as Literature?

This could have been a really good travelog -- the author/narrator does a good job of describing local color as he visits various Biblical locations. Unfortunately, my enjoyment of the book was spoiled by the author's cavalier treatment of the Biblical text. Time and again he dismisses the Bible as "stories" or "allegories" -- even the foundational histories of his own "faith" This book would have had a broader appeal if the author had at least pretended to remain neutral by simply reading the biblical text and highlighting both modern and historical culture and geography without being so heavy-handed with his personal philosophies.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Carl
  • Fredericksburg, VA, USA
  • 12-18-03

Interesting but not too insightful

I chose this book expecting a Christian perspective, but instead received a more worldy book. It comes from the perspective of a person trying to understand God. There are some interesting points raised, but not extremely insightful. It is a good read for anyone interested in the early books of the Old Testament, though, especially for people interested in the geographic history.

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Immersive story that brings you into the land

I’d recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the context of the Jewish or Christian Scriptures.

One of the best elements of this book is how the land comes alive. I will now read the first five books of the Bible feeling more connected with the people traversing the land God was leading them in and using as a part of His teachings about Himself to the Israelites. Feiler’s journey through this terrain has been a support to my own life journey.

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Worth the Journey

My dad recommended this book several years ago when he was still able to read. I saw it was available and decided to give it a listen. It is narrated by the author and that was a good choice as you feel the journey. I have studied the Torah and so everything was vid to me as he progressed on his journey but I think anyone who has an interest in the Torah or the Bible would this journey. I'm recommending it to several friends.