I recently finished “A Year of Living Biblically” by A.J. Jacobs. I very much enjoyed this book and wanted to let you know about it. Mr. Jacobs has already been on the best-seller list for his book “The Know-It-All”. In that book, he read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.
Mr. Jacobs is of Jewish descent and an agnostic. He decided to spend a year following biblical laws as literally as he could. There are a lot of laws in the bible! He reads many versions of the bible – because they are all a bit different from each other and he’s not playing favorites. He chooses guides and teachers from different faiths to help him.
The book follows a diary format, with entries for most days. Mr. Jacobs is married and has a young son and it’s interesting to hear how this experience impacts them. I enjoyed his thought process as he tries to determine exactly what the bible is telling him to do. I found myself thinking about the way I live my own life in ways that I have not questioned before.
Mr. Jacobs wonders in the beginning of the book how this experience might change him. I didn’t really wonder if reading the book would change me at all – and I’m surprised to find that it may have nudged me to be a bit better person!