In this timely, provocative, and uplifting journey, the bestselling author of Walking the Bible searches for the man at the heart of the world's three monotheistic religions -- and today's deadliest conflicts.
At a moment when the world is asking, "Can the religions get along?" one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One man holds the key to our deepest fears -- and our possible reconciliation. Abraham.
Bruce Feiler set out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch. Traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world's leading religious minds, Feiler uncovers fascinating, little-known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.
Both immediate and timeless, Abraham is a powerful, universal story, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the man God chose to be his partner. Thoughtful and inspiring, it offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.
An exciting, well-told story informed by Feiler's boundless intellectual curiosity...[and] sense of adventure.
New York Times
[Feiler] is an excellent guide...He has...invested [this book] with a keen intellectual curiosity.
A powerful and spiritual pilgrimage…in every way, marvelous if not indispensable reading for anyone remotely interested in the Torah.
Los Angeles Times
Smart and savvy, insightful and illuminating.
The perfect read for people who are interested in the Bible and the middle East.
Christian Science Monitor
Evocative, descriptive, emotionally honest, and often funny.
New York Times Book Review
Feiler delivers a wealth of information in an accessible and entertaining format.
Bruce Feiler went looking for proof. He learned that proof doesn't matter.
An eloquently spiritual pilgrimage.
An inspirational oasis…From the barren land, Feiler emerges, like those whose paths he traces, renewed and transformed.
An exquisitely written journey...100 percent engaging.--
Washington Post Book World
An instant classic…A pure joy to read.
A vivid and discerning tour through a land that reflects this epochal figure's life of exile, questioning...and faith.
Library Journal - Joyce Smothers
...a fifth-generation American Jew from the Deep South, wrote the best-selling Walking the Bible, his account of his own journey through the deserts of the Old Testament. This slighter follow-up focuses on the patriarch of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, whose story lies at the heart of the ongoing strife that began in the Middle East.
Starred Review. This is a joy to read. . . .a winning combination of history, travel, and spiritual memoir.
Booklist - John Green
Starred Review. Feiler poses some fascinating theological questions, but this isn't dry reading at all. Like his hugely popular Walking the Bible (2000), Feiler keeps our interest by mixing theological meditation with adventurous travelogue and sly wit. And this quietly brilliant examination of Abraham, which begins as part lit-crit thesis and part theological treatise, becomes, in the end, a passionate and prayerful argument for peace between faiths.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Betty T A Trip into Abraham's Land I found the book to be very interesting. The author does not claim to be a scholar or an expert on any religion. He set out to explore the monotheistic religions in their settings. He first did this with his book "Walking the Bible". With... Read More
Rated of 5
Feiler's book reaches for emotional and spiritual meaning, but fails to hit its mark, at least with this reader. His scholarship should be impeccable, not personal. I found particularly distasteful his use of 9/11 to heighten the emotional aspect... Read More
Rated of 5
Feiler tells little that he couldn't have found on the internet. His folksy style seems out of tune with his material. I found the book quite dull reading.
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