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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (2007)

de A. J. Jacobs

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Raised in a secular family but interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to stone adulterers. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes. Jacobs embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally: he tours a creationist museum and sings hymns with Amish; he dances with Hasidic Jews and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the 21st-century brain, and he discovers ancient wisdom of startling relevance.--From publisher description.… (més)
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    The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World de A. J. Jacobs (schatzi)
    schatzi: this is the author's first book; his exploits in "The Know-It-All" are sometimes referred to in "The Year of Living Biblically"
  2. 60
    The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University de Kevin Roose (kiwiflowa)
    kiwiflowa: Kevin Roose was A.J. Jacobs college intern for this book and decided to do a similar experiment. He enrolled for a semester at the Christian fundamentalist college Liberty University founded by Jerry Falwell.
  3. 30
    The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun de Gretchen Rubin (ansate)
    ansate: similar thoughtful project. turns out they share a writers group!
  4. 10
    No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process de Colin Beavan (Deesirings)
    Deesirings: Both of these are a memoir of a "rules-based" experience of living for a one year period
  5. 00
    Municipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City de Henry Alford (reenum)
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    My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith de Benyamin Cohen (ijustgetbored)
    ijustgetbored: Another author-experiment, this one by an Orthodox Jew who decides to immerse himself in Christianity for a year in order to strengthen his own faith.
  7. 00
    En Avant, Route! de Alix de Saint-André (yokai)
    yokai: Deux expériences différentes dans le domaine de la religion.
  8. 00
    My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew de Abigail Pogrebin (suzecate)
  9. 34
    Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously de Julie Powell (amyblue)
  10. 01
    Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top de Henry Alford (reenum)
  11. 02
    In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church de Gina Welch (Percevan)
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An impossible task to follow the bible literally for an entire year. (I don't think it can be done for an entire day). This was an interesting read and I learned more about the bible than I thought I would. He tried with sincerity to explore a more biblical life and although there were moments that made me laugh out loud I appreciated the fact that he approached this undertaking as an agnostic but with an open mind and devoted attempt. ( )
  MsTera | Oct 10, 2023 |
This is a pretty humorous read. I really enjoyed it. Some parts of it had me cracking up, and some parts had me yawning. He went full dress mode. He grew his hair all long and bushy and began to wear a sheet for clothing. Keep in mind his wife and kids were just along for the ride. They were not participating in his little adventure. ( )
  MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
This book was hilarious. ( )
  Littlecatbird | Jul 7, 2023 |
Eh. I was looking for more literal. Not really thinking it was "as possible" as it could have been, seemed like it was "as convenient as it was living in NY while continuing to lead my life as a magazine editor..." (though I don't think that title would have sold as much) ( )
  jmdavis413 | Apr 2, 2023 |
I never figured out the point of A.J. Jacob's stunt of living according to every biblical rule he could find as literally as possible. I listened to the book on a long trip. Parts were amusing, but there was little depth to Jacob's exploration of the Bible. This seemed like more of a disjointed series of essays than a cohesive book. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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Performance art or not, this is a well-researched, informative and entirely absorbing read.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaPeople, Jonathan Durbin
 
Jacobs's discussions with his advisers and with men representing other religions make up the most thoughtful and insightful sections of the book.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaLibrary Journal, Joyce Sparrow
 
The author's determination despite constant complications from his modern secular life (wife, job, family, NYC) underscores both the absurdity of his plight and its profundity.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaKirkus
 
If he starts out sounding like an interminable Ira Glass monologue, smarmy and name-dropping, he becomes much less off-putting as the year progresses, for he develops a serious conscience about such quotidian failings as self-centeredness, lying, swearing, and disparaging others.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaBooklist, Ray Olson
 
Throughout his journey, Jacobs comes across as a generous and thoughtful (and, yes, slightly neurotic) participant observer, lacing his story with absurdly funny cultural commentary as well as nuanced insights into the impossible task of biblical literalism.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaPublishers Weekly
 

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All well and good, right?  The only thing is, this is not the God of the Israelites.  This is not the God of the Hebrew Scriptures.  That God is an interactive God.   He rewards people and punishes them.  He argues with them, negotiates with them, forgives them, and occasionally smites the.   The God of the Hebrew Scriptures has human emotions—love and anger.   (p.153)
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Raised in a secular family but interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to stone adulterers. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes. Jacobs embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally: he tours a creationist museum and sings hymns with Amish; he dances with Hasidic Jews and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the 21st-century brain, and he discovers ancient wisdom of startling relevance.--From publisher description.

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