For one year, A.J. Jacobs who "grew up Jewish the same way Olive Garden is Italian" decided to strictly obey the Bible for his book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. "My goal was to follow every single rule," Jacobs explains, "from the famous ones like the Ten Commandments, love thy neighbor and be fruitful and multiply, all the way down to the more arcane rules like not shaving my beard, not wearing clothes of blended fibers and stoning adulterers." (And yes, he did stone one adulterer in the 365 days.)
"t was a life-changing and perspective-changing year," Jacobs reveals. He learned about being thankful, about obeying the Sabbath and about how "life isn't just a series of rights; it's a series of responsibilities to your elders or your neighbors.
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"I'm not Gandhi or Angelina Jolie," cautions Jacobs, "but an interesting insight I had was just how much behavior affects your belief and how behavior can shape who you are. I started acting like a good person by not gossiping and coveting, and I became, I think, a slightly better person." Hear the whole story tonight at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, when Jacobs signs his book at 7:30 p.m.; visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Wed., Oct. 17, 2007