This is a very interesting book on how the three major religions have one figure in common. I was unaware of this and I really enjoyed learning about it. In these days and times when the religions seem at odds with each other, this is a reminder that we do have something in common besides God. We all believe in Abraham.
Abraham is the patriarch of three great world religions. Bruce Feiler helps us understand why with evidence from the past and the present. He not only tells the story of Abraham from what has been written in scripture but also by taking the reader on a journey through the world's most volatile region. He is a great writer and leaves the reader with an uplifting vision of unity that redefines what we think about our world situation, our future and ourselves. Get out your dictionary. Feiler's vocabulary is amazing.
I loved Walking the Bible with its historical and current stories that held my interest, weaving history, politics and religion with places in the land of Israel. This book seemed to have more philosophical musings on religion. I never finished it, despite several tries.
A spirtual autobiography, the authors personal journey, a quest to understand our common partriarch, Abraham. This book is read like a novel, very interesting and informative.
(From the inside cover...)
At a moment when the world is asking "Can the religions get along?" Abraham stands as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. he holds the key to our deepest fears---and our possible reconcilation....
Abraham offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors, our future and ourselves.
Very enlightening. A worthwhile read.
I really liked this book. I love how the author travels through the holy land to teach you the story of Abraham, the father of 3 faiths.
This book is Bruce Feilers best. With no archaeological evidence whatsoever to explore, he embarks on his journey to learn about Abraham by interviewing members of various faiths, and finds himself enmeshed in a bewildering array of legends and claims.
This is an excellent read and had me "thinking outside the box."
Mr. Feiler's research is so detailed and helped me understand the passion the 3 faiths have towards the Patriarch, Abraham.
A personal exploration of the role Abraham has played in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, written shortly after 9/11, which motivates the author to look for hope in the reconciliation of the three faiths. He gets a mixed response and comes away realizing the difficulties ahead but still committed to doing what he can to move us toward that worthy goal. While not a deep theological study, he does bring forward a lot of thoughtful questions to ponder.
"Bruce Feiler uncovers the defining yet divisive role that Abraham plays for half the believers" (book jacket)