Thursday, December 4, 2008

Moses....is that you?



The Year of Living Biblically has to be one of the most hilarious books I have read in a long time. The premise of the book is that an agnostic journalist wants to explore the spirituality of the bible and figures that the best way to do it is to truly live it for a while. He has an ulterior motive - by writing a book about his experiences, he might make some money. So he vows to follow everything the bible says to do for a year straight and keep notes and do research along the way. As he lived he kept a journal which became this book. To keep things linear, first he "became" Old Testament (that's the point where I am at right now). Then he "became" New Testament. I'm learning a lot right along with him as he shares the results of the research he is doing reading and interviewing biblical scholars of all kinds.


If you like the humour of Dave Barry or John Knox, you will enjoy A.J. Jacobs. No...you will crack up with his jokes! And along the way he is making some pretty profound discoveries as well. I'm hoping that because I found this book on the shelf of a Christian bookstore, that the good news in the end will be that he is no longer an agnostic, but a Christian.

1 comment:

aneta said...

Funny thing is, I'm listening to that very same book on tape. We listened to it on the way to Edmonton. Definitely some funny parts. The only thing is, the guy's reading voice is irritating, so that makes it harder to listen to. I think I will continue with it, though.