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

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

From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.Rais...

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Title:The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Author:A.J. Jacobs
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:388 pages pages

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

  • M
    Nov 03, 2007
    Ok, I did NOT think I would like this book, and I certainly didn't think it would get five stars - and I grappled with that, as usual, but felt like I can't not give five stars to a book I loved this much just because I'm a snob (I try to apply the same to my students' papers, sadly I ...
  • Patrick Oden
    Sep 04, 2007
    G.K. Chesterton once wrote, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried." In this book, A.J. Jacobs not only tries Christianity, he tries out the whole Bible, both the Jewish and the Christian Scriptures. He does indeed find it diffi...
  • Carl
    Nov 02, 2007
    Ask yourself: "Would it be fun to literally follow the bible for one year?" If, like most people I know, would answer no, then run away from this book as fast as you can. I got about 200 pages in when I realized, I can't fucking stand this guy, and his story is getting old quickly. ...
  • La Petite Américaine
    Sep 30, 2008
    This book would have been a lot better had it been written by someone more capable and less smug. The premise itself is fascinating -- living the bible literally -- as are the religious groups that the author decided to interview, including snake handlers, the Amish, right-wing Christi...
  • John Wiswell
    Nov 09, 2010
    A.J. Jacobs delivers another fun bathroom book. After Know-It-All, where Jacobs tried to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a year, here he spends a year studying The Bible and trying to live it as literally as possible. His clipped, self-deprecating style persists, and so do t...
  • Evan
    Jan 25, 2008
    Given to me by my wife on Christmas (and, incidentally, eaten by my dog exactly one month later), The Year Of Living Biblically was written by A.J. Jacobs, an editor of Esquire magazine. Jacobs? previous book (The Know-It-All) entailed reading the encyclopedia in its entirety. To fin...
  • Kristopher Jansma
    Mar 30, 2008
    My fiancee has been bugging me for months to read this book and I am oh-so-glad that I finally did. Her enthusiasm for it was unflagging - she brought home an advanced reader's copy from work as soon as she heard it was in the works. She then bought at least two more copies for friends...
  • Linda
    May 26, 2008
    A.J. Jacobs sets out to poke fun at Biblical literalists by devoting a year to obeying every rule set forth in the Bible, thereby showing the world how impossible and ludicrous Biblical literalism is. I feel rather ambivalent about this book. On the one hand, it is quite funny, and it...
  • Diane
    Nov 29, 2011
    Don't let the subject of this book scare you into thinking it's preachy or self-righteous or filled with sermonizing. It is actually a very funny and open-minded book about the Bible and how following it to a literal extreme is well, just plain silly. A.J. Jacobs has a wonderful sen...
  • Lisa Nelson
    Mar 11, 2008
    (4 1/2 Stars) First, To: A.J. if you have Googled yourself thank you for such an interesting and wonderful read! I loved your honesty. To: A.J.'s Dad you can click that you liked this review. To everyone else: There were some highlights from this book that I would love to share. I l...
  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    Nov 11, 2010
    A secular writer (for Esquire, he'll tell you at least 100+ times!) decides to live by the bible literally for a year, and write about the challenges of doing so. Hits: - In his effort to try to get a fair representation of the bible, he tries several different interpretations/var...
  • Danna
    Jan 06, 2008
    I found the book to be less about an exploration of the Bible and biblical religions, more about: "I'm OCD and here's my latest obsession!" I did appreciate that the author mentioned this directly on page 148, and the book was quirky and interesting enough that I stuck with it until th...
  • Jordan
    May 08, 2008
    The Year of Living Biblically starts out pretty fine: I chuckled; I was interested to find out what would come of it all. Halfway through, however, I'd pretty much had enough. Jacobs is a little too smug (though he puts on the requisite veil of "Oh, God! I'm so bad at this religion thi...
  • Dave
    Nov 29, 2007
    The concept of "The Year of Living Biblically" is this: the author would forgo his secular lifestyle for a year and embrace the Bible and its teachings as literally as possible. "The Year of Living Biblically" didn't have the same success as his other works. Jacobs, who is known fo...
  • John
    Aug 26, 2008
    It's mean of me to say so, because it's clear that writing it was a rather significant spiritual experience for Jacobs, but this book is just silly. It's meant to be entertaining-yet-thought-provoking, but I only found it mildly entertaining, and not at all thought-provoking. I actuall...
  • Lara
    Mar 16, 2009
    I REALLY enjoyed this book. For starters, I love people who do ridiculous, over-the-top things, so I figured I was pretty much destined to adore the author. (I now really need to read his first book, involving him reading the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica.) In this book (as the title ...
  • Abby
    Jun 12, 2008
    I really, really liked this book! A.J. Jacobs is now one of my favorite guys. He writes for Esquire magazine. I don't even know for sure what that magazine is about (I think it's a men's magazine), but it makes me want to read it anyways. So, when he's not writing for Esquire, he wr...
  • Bobby
    Apr 19, 2009
    What would happen to the man who really tried to put others before himself? Love his enemies? Turn the other cheek? Give to all who asked- no strings attached? I'd like to read that man's memoirs. But unfortunately, at the end of his hilariously pedantic year-long tour of the Bib...
  • fortuna.spinning
    Dec 14, 2008
    ?I've rarely said the word ?Lord,? unless It?s followed by ?of the Rings.?? I first read this about ten years ago and fell in love with Jacobs?s witty approach. I?ve since read many of his unusual journalistic ventures and I must say his wife is a very patient woma...
  • Megan
    Sep 30, 2008
    This book follows the author, A.J. Jacobs, on a year-long quest to follow every single rule in the Bible, from the Ten Commandments to the New Testament. I read this book in the large-print version from my library. It was a big hit with my friends, who saw it sitting on my dining ro...
  • Petra X
    Jul 18, 2008
    This is what I call a snork book. So funny in parts that if you are drinking coffee, its going to come spluttering out of your nose. AJ Jacobs is a secular Jew (me too) and spends two thirds of this book researching biblical law and trying to live it. The last third addresses the New T...
  • Meredith Holley
    Apr 30, 2009
    It seems very authentically Jewish to write smart and funny social commentary about exploring spirituality through following obscure rules. I don?t know if such a thing as being ?authentically Jewish? exists (versus everyone who is inauthentically Jewish, right?), and I hope I do...
  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    Aug 27, 2008
    For a guy who doesn't consider himself religious, he has quite a journey trying to live Biblically. I was worried it would be really sacrilegious, but it wasn't. AJ himself gets more out of the experience than he anticipated. He has a lot of deep musings as well as hilarity. ...
  • Mike
    Feb 19, 2018
    Fun and interesting. A little too self-effacing and mild, but I liked where he went with this. The author kept important threads going throughout the book, with a lot of interesting side excursions. Destined to fulfill The Seasonal Reading Challenge Winter 2017 Task 30.1: Schatzie's...
  • Michael
    Jul 14, 2011
    A.J. Jacobs is a journalist and editor of Esquire magazine, who has some really interesting ideas for memoirs. I first heard about Jacobs by a friend who read his book; The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, in which he all 32 volumes of the...
  • Kim
    Jun 23, 2011
    I really thought I'd enjoy this book far more than I did. The premise is great but the actual results just didn't live up to my expectations. A.J. Jacobs states, numerous times, that he is an atheist. As an atheist myself his attitude and actions throughout the book don't hold that...
  • JJVid
    Mar 12, 2013
    "It is through being in Christ and following Him that we become transformed. Unless one takes this step, one cannot be truly transformed. So, after your year is over, you will go back to being a man who find purpose in weird projects and writing assignments. Becoming a follower of Jesu...
  • Maria Roxana
    Apr 19, 2017
    O lectur? cu adev?rat diferit? fa?? de tot ceea ce am citit pn? acum. Am aflat o gr?mad? de lucruri interesante, m-am amuzat dar m-am ?i intrigat! Este foarte interesant faptul c? experien?a relatat? n carte este una real?, foarte bine documentat? ?i...asumat?! :) ...
  • Eric Smith
    Feb 19, 2018
    It's been awhile but this popped up on my feed and I do remember reading this. Great concept but I remember being sorely disappointed. All the verses the left uses against us Christians were tried to be lived out. Sanitary laws, dietary laws etc. I do remember a funny bit in there abou...
  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    Jan 05, 2017
    I keep going back and forth on keeping this book to donating it, so I'm going to hold onto it until I make up my mind. This book was honest and funny. There were times that I felt the book drag a little, but I was also sick while reading this book at some points. Keep this in mind....