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Walking the Bible

A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

by Bruce Feiler

On Sale: 11/18/2014

Price: $18.99

Walking the Bible

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Walking the Bible

A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

by Bruce Feiler

On Sale: 11/18/2014


Price: $18.99

About the Book

Georgia Author of the Year Award--Nonfiction--Inspiration

One part adventure story, one part archaeological detective work, one part spiritual exploration, Walking the Bible is a fascinating, unprecedented journey — by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel — through the most famous stories ever told.

In his New York Times bestseller, Bruce Feiler tells the story of a personal quest. Feeling disconnected from the religious community he had known as a child, Feiler sets out on a perilous, 10,000-mile journey across the Middle East to discover the roots of the Bible. Traveling through three continents, five countries, and four war zones, Feiler attempts to answer the question: is the Bible just an abstraction, or is it a living, breathing entity with relevance to contemporary life?

Along with prominent Israeli archaeologist Avner Goren, Feiler explores the geography of the Bible, reading each story in its natural surroundings. Using the latest archeological research, he explores how physical location affects the larger narrative of the Bible and ultimately realizes how much these places, as well as his experience, have affected his faith.

Bruce Feiler is an award-winning author, journalist, and speaker. Feiler is a graduate of Yale and Cambridge Universities. He is a frequent contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” a contributing editor for Gourmet, and has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, and Conde Nast Traveler. He lives in New York City.

“An instant classic ... A pure joy to read.” — Washington Post Book World

Critical Praise

“An instant classic. . . . A pure joy to read.” — Washington Post Book World

“Smart and savvy, insightful and illuminating.” — Los Angeles Times

“An exciting, well-told story informed by Feiler’s boundless intellectual curiosity...[and] sense of adventure.” — Miami Herald

“An eloquently spiritual pilgrimage.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Feiler’s accomplishment, and it’s a profound one, is to confront his idea of God...” — San Francisco Chronicle

“An inspirational oasis. . . . From the barren land, Feiler emerges, like those whose paths he traces, renewed and transformed.” — People

“An enthusiastic travelogue…Feiler delivers a wealth of information in an accessible and entertaining format.” — New York Times Book Review

“[Feiler] is an excellent guide...He has...invested [this book] with a keen intellectual curiosity.” — New York Times

“Bruce Feiler went looking for proof. He learned that proof doesn’t matter.” — USA Today

“Evocative, descriptive, emotionally honest, and often funny.” — Christian Science Monitor

“Feiler, not unlike Mark Twain, brings a sharp sense of humor to the whole endeavor.” — Los Angeles Times

“A powerful and spiritual pilgrimage…in every way, marvelous if not indispensable reading for anyone remotely interested in the Torah.” — Chicago Sun-Times

“Feiler’s accomplishment, and it’s a profound one, is to confront his idea of God as spoken to him by the Bible...His trek through biblical history evolves into something far more fundamental, an intellectual and spiritual crusade to find common bond with the lands of his forebears.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“[Feiler] is an excellent guide and a worthy wrestler. He has put an enormous amount of information into this book and has invested it with a keen intellectaul curiosity.” — New York Times

“Evocative, descriptive, emotionally honest, and often funny...Feiler’s most compelling writing is by far about the desert. For anyone wanting to know something of its terrifying strangeness, haunting beauty, and stark spirituality, as well as its possibilities for the future of Israel and the region.” — Christian Science Monitor

“Ranks among the great spiritual autobiographies...Feiler, a superb narrartor and storyteller with a gentle, ironic sense of humor, also possesses a potent intellect that at moments blazes forth, illuminating everything in its path.” — Washington Post Book World

“The perfect read for people who are interested in the Bible and the Middle East.” — Jerusalem Post

“Anyone who cares about the Bible or history or mankind should be grateful to bruce Feiler. His curiosity is prodigious, his intellect sharp, his legs willing to climb and climb.” — Stephen J. Dubner, author of Turbulent Souls

“An engrossing story...Anyone planning to visit the Middle East should definitely take at least two books with them-the Bible and this one.” — Calgary Herald

“A work of magic...[succeeds] in making the Bible exciting.” — Angelican Herald

“Goren and Feiler make for two of the most entertaining traveling buddies since Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.” — San Francisco Jewish Bulletin

“Walking The Bible is armchair reading with a spiritual bent...Feiler writes with a sense of poetry about the land.” — The Jewish Week

“This book belongs on the shelves next to the classics.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Anyone planning to visit the Middle East should take two books with them--the Bible and this one.” — Calgary Herald

“How on earth did Bruce Feiler come up with so many new, insightful, witty, and touching things to say...?” — Melissa Fay Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock

“Full of wonder and awe, yet written from a perspective of reasoned inquiry.” — Booklist (*starred review)


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062336507
  • ISBN 10: 0062336509
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 11/18/2014
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 1.120 in (d)
  • Pages: 496
  • List Price: $18.99
  • BISAC1 : RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament
  • BISAC2 : RELIGION / History
  • BISAC3 : RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology
  • BISAC5 : TRAVEL / Special Interest / Religious