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

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Thorndike Press, 2008 - Religion - 597 pages
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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.

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An incredible book about a man who spends the year trying to follow all of the Biblical laws from both the Old and New Testament. It's quite an interesting read because the man himself is an agnostic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mitchell - Goodreads

Interesting book, but he followed a lot of non-biblical tradition as well. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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 AJJacobs.com.

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