A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Jacobs is the author of The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (031 Jac), a funny and fascinating account of his time spent reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica cover-to-cover. After that feat, he wondered, “What could I do next? The only intellectual endeavor that seemed a worthy follow-up was to explore the most influential book in the world, the all-time best seller, the Bible.” And explore it he did by living its precepts “come hell or high water,” including growing a Moses-like beard; journeying to Israel and tending sheep; and, in order to experience slavery, accepting a college student as an intern when he agrees to be called his “slave,” since an unpaid internship is the closest thing to legal slavery in modern America! Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible is worth reading for its humor and anecdotes alone, but the insights, inspirations and spiritual growth make it truly memorable.
Reviewed by Christine