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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible… (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"
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    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.
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    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
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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.
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    Municipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City de Henry Alford (reenum)
  7. 00
    En Avant, Route! de Alix de Saint-André (yokai)
    yokai: Deux expériences différentes dans le domaine de la religion.
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    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)
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    Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top de Henry Alford (reenum)
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    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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I particularly enjoyed this book because Jacobs, like me, grew up in a very secular environment with a quizzical view of the Bible and all things religious. I enjoyed his intellectual honesty, his sense of humour, his willingness to give credit to people whose views he doesn't necessarily share while being clear about where he stands. As always, I'm impressed with his wife's tolerance and ability to cope with his shenanigans.
There are a few poignant moments which show how the Bible can help in trying times and I was pleased by the conclusion: the Bible did transform him, if only by connecting him more meaningfully to his roots and giving him a new reverence for life. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Dec 27, 2021 |
Just in case you're googling yourself, Mr. Jacobs.
https://www.lds.org/liahona/2012/03/why-do-we-need-prophets?lang=eng ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
A few years ago an American journalist decided on a year-long project, to go biblically native. What would it be like to go to the source of Judaism and Christianity by following the commandments in the Bible as literally as possible.

Being a liberal, secular man in New York, the project probably started out as a way to ridicule the religious texts, but A.J. Jacobs take the projects seriously enough to quickly see that the texts are not as insane as common jokes make them seem, especially when it turns out that some of the strangest commandments are partly flawed translations to English.

The book is fun, interesting and still respectful. The author in the end wrote a book, an account day-by-day that describes the challenges and the people he met and I would say that it is not the strange commandments that turn out to be hardest (not shaving or cutting the corners of the hair is not very difficult) but the simplest things. Not lying, not jaywalking, not working on the sabbath. Those things are not even things that non-religious people object to in general, but a life-time of small white lies and pride and ambition puts the whole project in jeopardy.

My conclusion after reading the book is that it is not the texts that are flawed, but humans, and especially human interpretation of them. We have lost the historical context, we have lost the language (for instance, one part of the bible talks about specific kind of birds by name and we cannot know what birds they meant) and that means nobody can any longer read the bible with any certainty.

A fact that is not lost even on the orthodox fundamentalists. The difference is that they try very hard in face of uncertainty (and end up somewhere quite far from the original intention I think) while most close-to-secular Jews and Catholics and Protestants (and most likely Muslims which partly use the same texts though that aspect is not covered in the book) choose to ignore the "strangest" parts.

Would I recommend this book? Well, maybe. It's not a book you read from start to finish without being able to let it go, but I think it might be a nice "one page at a time" book for places where you spend short periods of time, because it is thinking about what is written that brings value, not the reading itself. Also, a warning, it is probably hard to meditate over religion for a year without it changing you and your relationships. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
The Year of Living Biblically is a highly amusing read. I do not think it will dramatically change your life if you are not so superficial as to have never bothered thinking about the philosophical good that can be found in any religion, regardless of what you think of it as a whole, but A. J. Jacobs does a good job of making the borderline-nutso project of living by the literal word of the Bible highly entertaining, and I even found it informative at times. Despite the hardships he imposes on his loved ones with that project, it is difficult to not admire him for it, at least sometimes, even taking into account the fact that I figure probably fifty percent of his moments of enlightenment, touching encounters with faith, various epiphanies, and so on were probably exaggerated for effect (anyone who would turn his whole life into a marketing gimmick for a year like this is surely not entirely honest about how much personal growth he experienced in the process). I also found myself admiring some of the nutcases with whom he spent time in his quixotic quest to find faith (or at least that's basically how he characterizes it; I think it was more likely a pragmatic quest to find the New York Times bestseller's list), as some of these people took clear stands for what they obviously believed to be right, even when that flew in the face of the popularly accepted dogma of their peer groups.

I rather suspect I would not much enjoy spending a lot of time with the author in person, and not just because he explicitly endorses the idea of enslavement to the state by conscripting everyone into bureaucratically mismanaged aid projects at one point (the one thing he said that actually soured my mood in the entire book). I find myself wondering how he found a wife who puts up with the kind of ludicrous nonsense he pursues with his life. This is the second time he has turned his whole life into a book marketing gimmick, apparently, and he is evidently quite good at making a highly amusing read out of such life experiments, but that does not mean I would want to live with him while he does it (let alone have kids with him, if I were a woman). Perhaps his wife's occasional, apparently unreasonable reactions to some of what Jacobs does with his "living biblically" experiment are just her way of venting, and maybe he's a lot more tolerable in person than he comes across when I think of how he lives.

In any case, I quite liked the book. It's not really Literature. I wouldn't call it an Important Book. It is, however, quite enjoyable -- more so than I expected, in fact. ( )
  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
A fascinating glimpse at religion and the Bible through one writer's experiment to follow the Bible as literally as possible. As a person of faith, I found much to digest. An engaging, thoughtful read. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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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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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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