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Living Biblically

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Compared to the US and the UK, books are pretty expensive in New Zealand.  This is due in part, I’m sure, to the fact that we’re a flipping long way from anywhere and, according to a lady in my favourite bookshop, the closure of the last book warehouse in NZ.  Apparently, all NZ booksellers now stock from vast book-caves somewhere in the Aussie outback.

For these reasons, I am grateful that, despite being preoccupied with moving his family of four from autumnal UK to the NZ spring, my good friend Dave, of funkypancake fame, did me a great favour by sneaking a copy of A.J. Jacobs – The Year of Living Biblically into his luggage.

I’m a couple of chapters in and it’s a great read so far.  This is mainly because – though the book is both wry and funny – Jacobs hasn’t gone for the easy/cheap laughs but instead has really tried to explore what it means to live to the letter of the Scriptures in the 21st century.