Review: The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

Full Title: 2007
By: Simon & Schuster
Source: FMPL
Format:  Hardcover w. dustjacket
ISBN:  9780743291477

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.

– Excerpt from Goodreads


A.J. Jacobs is a great humorist as he embarks on an awesome year-long journey through the ages as he learns a little bit more about his religious roots through his family and a “crazy” ex-uncle who appears to act like a dictator of a religious cult rather than just a friendly guy who actually knows what he’s talking about, and throughout A.J. asks the numerous questions that, in the end, really have no one answer to, it all depends on who you ask, in regards to the Bible.

I enjoyed this book and the satirical diction of Mr. Jacobs as he juggles with giving us a glimpse of how he handles his numerous challenges surrounding his job at Esquire – a men’s magazine publication -, with his wife, Julie, and their son, eventually after many trials and soon with the help of In Vitro Fertilisation they now carry the fact that they are pregnant with twins, the unfortunate death of the neighbor down the hall whom was writing a memoir of sorts of her encounters through the sixties; on Jimi Hendrix, his battle with the rights and wrongs, and the necessity to always be truthful, and with the general society as he slowly goes from being an Average Joe citizen of New York to looking more like a shepherd without a flock, staff, beard and all, and his methods of living by the Bible with the help and council of his religious advisers.

It’s a great book. You are definitely apt to learn something new if you were a secular citizen of the world and trying to understand why people do what they do, say what they say, and be who they are because of what they believe.

3 Star



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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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