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The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
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Sep 24, 09

Read in September, 2009

An interesting and entertaining book about Jacobs' "quest" to literally follow the Bible for a whole year. I didn't know if this would be so irreverent and disrespectful that I couldn't read it or if Jacobs would be sincere. Although I don't agree with some of his social ideas nor his desire to always focus on the weirdest parts of things, I did feel that he sincerely wanted to find out how and why people follow the Bible. I learned a lot about Jewish culture then and now. I enjoyed his work on not sinning. I agree with others who say his wife is a saint because there is no other way she could live with him. Jacobs naturally gave more time to the Old Testament but I was sad that he changed the experiment when he moved to the New Testament. With the Old he was more individual and with the New he used more organized religion. I wish he had continued it alone. Of course, the groups he picked were more very fringe like snake handlers. I think Jacobs shows intelligence, humor and creativity in his writing. There is swearing and reference to sex and immorality.

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