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"A.J. Jacobs is so funny he can make watching his beard grow hilarious. The Year of Living Biblically is the most unexpectedly delightful - and consistently charming - book I've read in a long time. It will have you laughing out loud, nodding in disbelief, and rethinking what you believe about the Bible. It will also have you tallying your sins: I coveted his humor and envied his facial hair. And that's no lie."–Bruce Feiler, author of Walking the Bible and Where God Was Born

"A.J. Jacobs has written a - how else to put it? - Good Book. Let me take my review from the original, Psalm 2, verse 4: 'He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh.' And let me suggest that readers, whether they know their Bible or not, get to know A.J. Jacobs. But not in a biblical sense, please."–P.J. O'Rourke

"The Year of Living Biblically is an extremely compelling book, appropriately irreverent and highly entertaining. More significantly, it is a tale of an intense and intelligent spiritual search that will speak powerfully and instructively to a generation of seekers."–Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College

"In the twenty-first century few, if any, Christians truly attempt to follow the Bible in its literal entirety, even us evangelicals. In this yearlong experiment A.J. Jacobs attempts just that, with disarming sincere, refreshingly humorous, and unexpectedly insightful results. I commend this inspired narrative to anyone actively exploring the continued relevance of biblical living, religion's need for critical self-reflection, and the timelessness of authentic faith."–Reverend Jim Wallis, author of God's Politics and president of Sojourners/Call to Renewal

"A. J. Jacobs has written about the Bible in a manner that is brilliantly funny but unerringly respectful, learned but goofy, deeply personal yet highly relevant. I am covetous and wish him smited."–Mary Roach, Bestselling author of Spook and Stiff

"A book that is at one and the same time delightfully readable and profoundly memorable is a wonder! The Year of Living Biblically is exactly that. A. J. Jacobs has perceived the distinction between the wisdom of the Bible and its absurdities. It is a shame that so many of both our clergy and our politicians seem incapable of making that distinction."–John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious and former Episcopal bishop

"As a man incapable of developing any facial hair aside from a really amazingly cruddy moustache, I would have bought this book for the astonishing big beard chronicle alone. That The Year of Living Biblically grows, beardlike, into a long, hilarious, tangled, and ultimately moving story of spiritual growth is all the more astonishing. But why should I continue to be surprised at what springs from A. J.'s head? He is a brilliantly hilarious writer who truly lives up to that oft-misused adverb/adjective combination and then some. Plus: HE IS GOING TO HEAVEN. So how can you not afford to tithe your salary to his cause and buy this book?"–John Hodgman, Daily Show correspondent and author of Areas of My Expertise

"Seeing that most people violate at least three of the ten commandments on their way to work -- even people who work from home -- says a lot about the scale of A. J.'s feat. The fact that you need to buy six copies of this book to unlock the code to save all humanity...well, that's just pure genius."–Ben Karlin, cocreator of The Colbert Report and coauthor of America: The Book

"Setting out to explore the consequences of strict adherence to biblical laws, A. J. Jacobs encounters a series of experiences that are as hilarious as they are thought-provoking. Along the way he teaches us both the fallacies of modern day religious fundamentalism and the joys of discovering the transcendent and timeless truths of faith."–Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director, Human Genome Project, author of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

"Throughout his journey, Jacobs comes across as a generous and thoughtful (and yes, slightly neurotic) participant observer, lacing his story with absurdly funny cultural commentary as well as nuanced insights into the impossible task of biblical literalism."–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Impressive and often tremendously amusing.... The author's determination despite constant complications from his modern secular life (wife, job, family, NYC) underscores both the absurdity of his plight and its profundity. While debunking biblical literalism -- with dinner party-ready scriptural quotes -- Jacobs simultaneously finds his spirituality renewed. ...A biblical travelogue -- and far funnier than your standard King James."–Kirkus Reviews --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Avoiding shellfish was easy. The stoning of adulterers proved a little more difficult - and potentially controversial. Was it enough to walk up to an adulterer and gently touch them with a stone? Even that could be grounds for accusations of assault, especially with female adulterers in Manhattan. So what's a good Bible-reading boy to do?

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in head first and attempt to obey the hundreds of less-publicized rules. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal, and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes.

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  • Broché: 400 pages
  • Editeur : Arrow (9 septembre 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0099509792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099509790
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
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L'auteur, A.J. Jacobs, a décidé de vivre durant un an selon les principes bibliques, appliqués à la lettre.
Il avoue honnêtement que cette expérience n'a pas de fondement mystique ou théologique, mais doit servir de base à un livre...insolite.
Issu d'une famille juive, A.J. Jacobs réalise très vite que les préceptes bibliques sont innombrables, et que les appliquer tous relève de l'utopie. Il doit donc faire des choix, plus ou moins futiles, comme laisser pousser sa barbe durant un an, brûler de l'encens ou sonner de la corne...Il se livre aussi à des pratiques plus sérieuses, comme la prière quotidienne ou l'observation des dix commandements.
Il rencontre aussi les représentants des très nombreux courants de la foi hébraïque, commente leurs remarques et leurs interprétations, toujours avec tolérance et intelligence.
Inévitablement, le livre devient quelque peu fastidieux, au fil des pages, pourtant, l'humour y est bien présent, et cet ouvrage donne aussi l'occasion de revisiter tel ou tel chapitre du livre saint.
L'auteur restera agnostique, même si son expérience a quelque peu marqué ses conceptions mystiques, au total, son livre est bien écrit, assez accessible aux francophones, et s'il ne prétend pas à une grande profondeur, il se maintient tout de même à un bon niveau de réflexion et mérite d'être lu.
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A man's journey, plumbing the depths of trying to live by the Bible 14 septembre 2007
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How can I rate or judge one person's life story? Only by the way he writes about it. His story is his story, and deserves five stars simply for telling it. But I give this five stars because he wrote about it so compellingly. I had a difficult time setting the book down, always wanting to keep on reading and moving forward and see what he did next.

When humorous things happen, he writes about them in a way that led me to chuckle along. Times of seriousness were written poignantly enough to sometimes shed a tear, or feel my heart moved as well. I especially applaud him for including stories about his wife, and how she wasn't always keen on what he was doing, and the difficulties they had while he went on this adventure. And I give him great credit for sticking with his goal for the whole year (and slightly beyond), and not giving up.

Jacobs is a wonderful writer! I will definitely be looking for more books by this guy, and will read his previous book.

And speaking as a Christian - and an ordained minister at that - I found his spiritual journey, and his insights into Judaism and Christianity as what was basically an outsider, to be very interesting to read about. Some of the things we take for granted or as base assumptions, he didn't know - he had to find out, and he continually showed the courage to go find a scholar, a rabbi, a minister, or other person with the knowledge to help him out. Especially when he found a law to be silly, instead of writing it off, he sought out someone who could explain why it might be there, and what it meant historically and means to some in the context of 21st century earth. I learned things about Christianity and Judaism from him; and also I learned a few things about my own personal faith from him. Sometimes I was challenged to rethink myself, or to consider "Have I really thought about that enough?", sometimes I was affirmed.

And as a non-fundamentalist, I applaud him most for showing - by being a living, tangible proof - that taking the Bible literally, and living everything in it literally, is impossible. For all the fundamentalist, biblical-literalists, follow-the-law Christians, this book serves as proof that their foundation is built entirely on sand, and that none of them are honest when they so arrogantly say they live "true to the Bible". Of the great many people in the world, Jacobs is perhaps the only one who's ever really tried to live by all the Bible's teachings; and he showed it can't be done.

My only complaint about Jacobs isn't about the book, and so it doesn't affect the rating, is that he didn't enter into the community aspect of either Judaism or Christianity, both of which are highly communal; one could easily make the argument that neither one can be done without a community. But Jacobs did try to do it all alone. Though he brought in people when he had questions, he never entered into a worshiping community at a synagogue or a church, never entered into the life of a faith family. He missed a large part of both religious experiences by not doing so, and I think his book - and his experience - would have been far, far richer if he had done so.

Looking at faith through the lens of someone jumping straight into it from the outside, when written as well as Jacobs' book, is a fantastic journey. Highly recommended, and I think this would be an excellent book to read in a church or synagogue education class.
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Thou shalt read this book 26 août 2007
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Around a year ago, I read my first book by A.J. Jacobs, The Know-It-All, a memoir of the author's quest to read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica. As a follow-up to that top-notch book, he has taken on a shorter but more difficult book, The Bible. For a year, Jacobs intended to follow the commandments of the Bible as literally as possible: not just the well-known ones (like "Thou shalt not kill") but the obscure ones as well (such as wearing clothes of mixed fibers). It was to be, as the book title states, The Year of Living Biblically.

The first problem with undertaking such a task is that there are a lot of different Bibles out there and even more ways to interpret what's in them. While Jacobs seems to rely mostly on the Revised Standard Version, he consults other versions as well. Over the course of the year he will meet with a number of different religious groups and individuals representing a broad spectrum of interpretations.

The nice thing about the Encyclopaedia Britannica was it was pretty straightforward, with little wiggle room for misreading. But in the Bible, almost everything can be read at least two ways. Even the Ten Commandments are subject to multiple interpretations: Does the commandment against killing mean all killing? What about executions? It is this ambiguity that lets the Bible fit almost all agendas. Is the Bible pro- or anti-slavery? What is its views on abortion, homosexuality or the roles of women? As Jacobs finds during the year, there is no true agreement. (And if the Bible has a message that contradicts your ideals, do you reject your ideals or (at least in part) the Bible?)

Jacobs finds that truly living Biblically - adhering to all the restrictions - is virtually impossible, and he finds that even the most literal reader of the book engages in some picking and choosing. As a self-described secular Jew, there is much that he personally disagrees with, but he is respectful of every faith he meets. Many times, he even finds his preconceptions about certain groups to be different from reality. He also finds that for even the obscure commandments, there are experts who can assist him, such as the man who can tell you if your clothes do truly violate the stricture on mixed fibers.

As Jacobs goes through the year, he finds that he is personally changing: the act of living Biblically changes the very way he thinks. He doesn't become a religious fanatic, but his worldview is affected. Throughout, however, he keeps his sense of humor and there are plenty of funny moments in the book. Overall, this is a superb follow-up to The Know-It-All (I think it helps if you've read that one first, but it's not essential). For a look at the Bible that is illuminating and simultaneously reverent and irreverent, this book is the one to read.
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Light-hearted but insightful look at a very serious subject 22 août 2007
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Towards the end of this book, author AJ Jacobs speaks of the emptiness he experiences when he completes a project. I know the feeling. I have it now. I hate to put down his book.

This book is a travelogue, with Jacobs documenting his journey through terrain both strange and familiar. Throughout, he exhibits a self-deprecating wit that in no way undermines his insight. Laugh out loud funny? It is that. But even when he's wagging his bushy beard at something absurd, Jacobs' humor is neither cynical nor mean-spirited. His observations feel unflinchingly frank, but never superior--he is quick to acknowledge that he is as eccentric as anyone.

None of this is meant to imply that this book will be a comfortable fit for everyone. He is, after all, pointing out some of the more unusual and esoteric Biblical rules, trying them on, questioning them, looking at the people who follow them. I felt he handled the subject of Biblical literalism with meticulous respect, but some readers might be made uneasy at such scrutiny of sacred cows. And that would be a shame. Because while it's easy to laugh at his humor, it's equally important to reflect on his subtext. What are the psychological and social impacts of ritualism? There's a lot to be learned from an outsider looking in.

Like any good tour guide, Jacobs has come to feel like a friend, and I'm going to miss him. Until next trip.
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"The Secret Fraternity of Bearded Guys" ~ Obedience, Cognitive Dissonance and the Holy Antenna 11 septembre 2007
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I was less than three paragraphs into the introduction of `The Year of Living Biblically' when I came to the conclusion that I was going to love this book. A. J. Jacobs latest literary endeavor takes the reader on a delightful and insightful journey onto the highways, byways and a neglected side roads or two in search of an authentic expression of 21st century Biblically based spirituality. Relying on the Bible, both Old and New Testament, as his beginning and end to all decision making processes Jacobs provides us with a very personal, intelligent, humorous and thought-provoking look at man's modern day search for God.

Jacobs is an extremely talented wordsmith who knows exactly how to transfer his inner thoughts and outward events onto the printed page in such a manner as to make one feel as though they're engaged in an intimate conversation with a close friend. His ongoing interior dialogue shows his audience that he is definitely an individual of depth who knows and understands the religio/philosophical issues he's dealing with. His mental musings are coupled with a quirky slant on the oddities of faith making for an entertaining and hilarious reading as he deftly moves from the absurd to the sublime.

Long after the laughing stops and the book has been finished and put aside you will be left with numerous nuggets of profundity to crack open and digest at your leisure. The most important for me was his recognition that true belief must be accompanied by corresponding actions lived out in the real world every day, if not as an act of love, most certainly as an act of obedience to the rules. As the Bible says, "Faith without works is dead."
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Jacobs' spiritual odyssey is vastly entertaining 22 août 2007
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In this funny and knowing follow up to his first book, The Know-It-All, A. J. Jacobs, the man who read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, tries to find out what it would be like "To live the ultimate Biblical life. Or, more precisely, to follow the Bible as literally as possible." Although he acknowledges that doing so is a daunting and dangerous proposition, he decides to make a good faith attempt to do just that, living his life using the Bible as a guide while he explores some of the questions the good book and organized religion in general provoke. Thus resolved, he embarks on a spiritual journey that leads him to examine his life and beliefs more deeply than ever before.

Jacobs' 388 day odyssey is vastly entertaining. During that time, he kept a detailed journal of his biblical experiments and how they impacted his daily life. His musings on his experiences are both touching and amusing--Jacobs is a facile writer, blessed with the ability to shift easily from outrageous to heartfelt in the space of a few sentences. His easy, self-deprecating humor wins over readers within the first few pages, converting them into eager observers of this unique experiment.

Taken on its face, the book's premise sounds like some elaborate movie plot (indeed, the book has already been optioned for film). Here's the pitch: "A hapless husband and father vows to live according to impossible rules." Predictably, when you try conducting yourself according to absolutes, hijinks inevitably ensue. Thus, when Jacobs vows not to lie, his truth telling annoys his long suffering wife (the incredibly understanding Julie). When Jacobs tries to be fruitful and multiply, he annoys his long suffering wife. When Jacobs decides he can't shake hands with a woman because she might have just had her period and is therefore unclean, he annoys his long suffering wife. And, when Jacobs...well, you get the picture. Jacobs milks the tensions in his personal life and numerous other awkward social situations that develop for all they're worth, providing some genuinely hilarious moments. More importantly, he also takes time to reflect on the reasons for these rules he's promised to uphold.

Quite the character himself, Jacobs also recounts his experiences with dozens of colorful individuals, among them his spiritual advisors, his ex-Uncle Gil, shatnez tester Mr. Berkowitz, and snake handler Jimmy Morrow. He also meets with ultra-Orthodox Jews, Samaritans, and Christians of every ilk, including the Amish, Red Letter Christians, Black Letter Christians, and members of the Christian Right.

Although he quickly reverts back to "normal" at the end of his extraordinary undertaking, Jacobs did emerge from the experience a changed man. What did he discover, ultimately? Most importantly, he realized that we all need boundaries and rules. Through prayer, he learned to be grateful for the blessings in his life. And, totally unexpectedly, he learned "to take refuge in the Bible and rejoice in it." Highly recommended.
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