The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
A.J. Jacobs is a secular Jew living with his secular wife in (largely) secular New York. A.J. began to wonder, however, if his was missing out on something with this whole religion thing. So many people seemed so into it, after all. Particularly after the birth of his first son, A.J. began to wonder what exactly would ground his son in the future, or help him to grow up to make good choices. So A.J. decided he would follow the Bible – the ENTIRE Bible – for a year.
I had read A.J.’s previous book, “The Know-It-All” about reading the entire Encycopedia Britanica in a year, so I expected a fun read, filled with obscure facts, this time about the Bible. Well, I did get that, but I got so much more as well. It was really fascinating to read about A.J.’s spiritual journey throughout the year and see how trying to follow the rules of the Bible – which necessitated really trying to UNDERSTAND the Bible – changed A.J. for the better. It came across not just in the story he was telling, but the way he wrote as well. I have to admit, I got a little teary towards the end as well.
“The Year of Living Biblically” is fun and spiritual, with irreverant reverance and reverant irreverance. I think this could be enjoyed by all, religious or not.