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Year Of Living Biblically One [Paperback]

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Pages   489
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.45" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0743291484  
EAN  9780743291484  

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The author of Know It All documents his improbable adventure of living one year in literal compliance with biblical rules, a quest during which he adhered to famous and lesser-known scriptural laws, from being fruitful and multiplying to growing a beard and avoiding mixed-fiber clothing. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.

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From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of 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. 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 play a ten-string harp; 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's quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for "The Know-It-All." His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations--much to his wife's chagrin.
Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.
Jacobs's extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, "The Year of Living Biblically" is part Cliff Notes to the "Bible," part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A.J. Jacobs is the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Know-It-All, " "The Year of Living Biblically, "and "The Guinea Pig Diaries". He is the editor at large of "Esquire" magazine, a contributor to NPR, and has written for "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", and "Entertainment Weekly". He lives in New York City with his wife and kids. Visit him at

A. J. Jacobs currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. A. J. Jacobs was born in 1968.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Cheeky topic well done!  Mar 11, 2009
How can anyone write a book like this without offending some group of people? A.J. Jacobs does it in a heartwarmingly honest and delightfully entertaining way. His style of writing makes you feel as though you are a part of his experiment.

I found this book to be both thought provoking and amusing. It doesn't give you answers, but inspires you to find your own, while breaking down a few stereotypes along the way.
Good for book club  Feb 25, 2009
A.J. Jacobs has written a fun book to read. Our religious based book club was provided with good fodder for conversation. It's easy to read and as light-hearted as you can get when discussing the bible. Even through the humor, moral tidbits are present as food for thought.
5 stars  Feb 21, 2009
This book is such a page turner, I could hardly put it down. I recommend this book to anyone who is secular or religious, it's both insightful and enlightening.
A fun, interesting read - even if I wish he'd chosen a different goal  Feb 20, 2009
A.J.'s writing is always enjoyable. However, I agree, particularly about this book, with some of the few lesser reviews - that his writing often emulates blog-writing. Though, I don't find that necessarily a negative. If it is blog-type writing - it's the well-edited version that you'd look forward to reading every day.

He's a fun, clever writer that goes to exceptional lengths in pursuit of his goal (in this case, living the bible literally). And, his candor about his own insights and his family and friends reaction to his experiments are refreshing (and is a pretty good testament to the quality of folks that surround him).

As much as I enjoy his writing style and truly loved his The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, this time I did feel he bit off a lot more than he could chew - or that readers will necessarily want to chew.

Even the initial research he describes in pursuit of the development of this odd goal (e.g. the number of available bibles, the disparity in how they are translated by various segments, etc.) tells you it's not the best choice.

But, it's still an enjoyable and an insightful read. And honestly, I'd give it more than 3 stars (just because he managed to pull the whole thing together in a coherent, enjoyable fashion), but less than 4 (because I wished he'd chosen a concept better suited to his skills)

I hope in his next round (and I do hope he has one - and I'll definitely buy it) - he shoots for something more managable and less stunt driven. I'd love to see him do something like trying to see how much he can reduce his carbon footprint, how much good he can do in the world with just $100 (trust me, he's creative enough to really do this well), figure out his family tree or just watch the top 100 movies of all time (w/ his wife who loves them - she deserves the break) and give his unique and clever insights from the pursuit.

BOTTOM LINE: If you like odd social experiments combined with a good dry-wit writer who will go to great lengths to pursue his goal- you'll like this one. Though, I do suggest reading his first book before this one.
A pretty good follow-up  Feb 19, 2009
Its a funny book, but its just got a pretty hard act to follow. "The Know-it-all" is a fantastic, quick read. this one is good, but is the hamburger to the Know-it-all's cheeseburger.... This one is definitely worth the time, but pick up AJ's first book if you haven't already.

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