Do not confuse this book with your standard Christian inspirational self-help books. A.J. Jacobs, a self-proclaimed secular Jew, follows up his Herculean reading of all 33 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica (a task he recounts in THE KNOW-IT-ALL: ONE MAN'S HUMBLE QUEST TO BECOME THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE WORLD) with an even more difficult quest: to obey the dictates and rules of The Bible for an entire year. He refrains from shaving, he gives up shellfish ("an abomination" in the eyes of God), abandons clothing made from two types of fabric, and stops mentioning the blasphemous days of the week (named after pagan gods). Fortunately, he decides not to stone to death adulterers or murder any magicians. Additionally, he ventures out across the world to talk with other biblical literalists: Amish, snake handlers, and Samaritans. The result is a hilarious and fascinating journey, filled with comedy, hypocrisy, and surprising revelations into the bizarre texts on which faith is based.
Pros: Tells Biblical life in a straightforward manner Cons: Can't think of any The Bottom Line: Christians may tell Jacobs to burn in hell, but I don't believe in that If theres one thing The Year of Living Biblically proves, its that Biblical living can be a concept as confusing and broad as it is impossible. Author AJ Jacobs is Jewish by nature, secular by rearing. As he puts it, hes … more