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The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 12 to July 28, 2012

Yeah, I know, it took me a freakin'-long time to read this. That had very little to do with the actual book, other than the content was the type I like to read slowly and carefully. I just couldn't get through it quickly and I kept having to return it to the library so other people could read it. Thankfully, they always did so far more quickly than I so it never took long to get it back. But I finally finished and I enjoyed the book so all is well that ends well, as some old playwright once penned.

I've decided I just plain like A.J. Jacobs. I think I've mentioned before that I am glad I don't know him personally because I have very little doubt he'd get on my nerves what with his plethora of neuroses. I'd get on his nerves, too, because I would intentionally pick on every one of those aforementioned neuroses. However, I still appreciate him as an author and as the owner of a curious mind. And I agree with everyone else who has said so: his wife is a saint.

In the case of this particular book, I was fascinated by his endeavor to live a biblical life. Coming from an eclectic background when it comes to religion, I was very interested in what he found. I like to think that, were I to take a similar journey, I might arrive at a similar conclusion. It wouldn't happen, though, because I do not have the patience to do that kind of research and I would totally talk myself out of doing biblical things. So, pretty much, if I were to take a similar quest, I'd quit and would come nowhere near to the same conclusion as Mr. Jacobs. But that's ok. He did it and I can read about it and now I know a little more about the Bible than I did when I started this book. (that's not exactly true because I did not do any fact-checking; I should say that now I know a little more about what A.J. Jacobs knows about the Bible than I did before I started this book)
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