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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Year of Living Biblically

Book #27 on my '08 reading list was The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs.

Straight from the Danny Wallace school of journalism, Jacobs' book (just as the title suggests) is about him trying to follow the exact wording of the Bible from the easy (thou shalt not kill) to the odd (not trimming the edges of his beard) to the downright creepy (sacrificing chickens...well sort of). It's a fun and funny ride, but Jacobs manages to avoid being condescending or derogatory by keeping an open mind and truly exploring the Bible's teachings. The result is a book that's entertaining but also enlightening. Oh and for the record he's still agnostic.

Author's website
Excerpt
Esquire Interview
Slate

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