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Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion [Hardcover]

By Bruce Feiler (Author)
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At a time when America debates its values and the world braces for religious war, Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers Walking the Bible and Abraham, travels ten thousand miles through the heart of the Middle East-Israel, Iraq, and Iran-and examines the question: Is religion tearing us apart ... or can it bring us together? Where God Was Born combines the adventure of a wartime chronicle, the excitement of an archaeological detective story, and the insight of personal spiritual exploration. Taking readers to biblical sites not seen by Westerners for decades, Feiler's journey uncovers little-known details about the common roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and affirms the importance of the Bible in today's world. In his intimate, accessible style, Feiler invites readers on a never-in-a-lifetime experience: Israel Feiler takes a perilous helicopter dive over Jerusalem, treks through secret underground tunnels, and locates the spot where David toppled Goliath. Iraq After being airlifted into Baghdad, Feiler visits the Garden of Eden and the birthplace of Abraham, and makes a life-threatening trip to the rivers of Babylon. Iran Feiler explores the home of the Bible's first messiah and uncovers the secret burial place of Queen Esther. In Where God Was Born, Feiler discovers that at the birth of Western religion, all faiths drew from one another and were open to coexistence. Feiler's bold realization is that the Bible argues for interfaith harmony. It cannot be ceded to one side in the debate over values. Feiler urges moderates to take back the Bible and use its powerful voice as a beacon of shared ideals. In his most ambitious work to date, Bruce Feiler has written a brave, uplifting story that stirs the deepest chords of our time. Where God Was Born offers a rare, universal vision of God that can inspire different faiths to an allegiance of hope.

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At a time when America debates its values and the world braces for religious war, Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers Walking the Bible and Abraham, travels ten thousand miles through the heart of the Middle East--Israel, Iraq, and Iran--and examines the question: Is religion tearing us apart ... or can it bring us together?

Where God Was Born combines the adventure of a wartime chronicle, the excitement of an archaeological detective story, and the insight of personal spiritual exploration. Taking readers to biblical sites not seen by Westerners for decades, Feiler's journey uncovers little-known details about the common roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and affirms the importance of the Bible in today's world.

In his intimate, accessible style, Feiler invites readers on a never-in-a-lifetime experience: Israel Feiler takes a perilous helicopter dive over Jerusalem, treks through secret underground tunnels, and locates the spot where David toppled Goliath.Iraq After being airlifted into Baghdad, Feiler visits the Garden of Eden and the birthplace of Abraham, and makes a life-threatening trip to the rivers of Babylon.Iran Feiler explores the home of the Bible's first messiah and uncovers the secret burial place of Queen Esther.

In Where God Was Born, Feiler discovers that at the birth of Western religion, all faiths drew from one another and were open to coexistence. Feiler's bold realization is that the Bible argues for interfaith harmony. It cannot be ceded to one side in the debate over values. Feiler urges moderates to take back the Bible and use its powerful voice as a beacon of shared ideals.

In his most ambitious work to date, Bruce Feiler has written a brave, uplifting story that stirs the deepest chords of our time. Where God Was Born offers a rare, universal vision of God that can inspire different faiths to an allegiance of hope.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion by Bruce Feiler has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 83
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert - 05/15/2005 page 96
  • Kirkus Reviews - 06/15/2005 page 671
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/11/2005 page 86
  • Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 33
  • Booklist - 08/01/2005 page 1972
  • New York Times - 09/11/2005 page 28
  • Library Journal - 09/01/2005 page 148
  • Christian Century - 07/11/2006 page 39
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 13


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Item Specifications...


Studio: William Morrow
Pages   405
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 13, 2005
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060574879  
ISBN13  9780060574871  


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More About Bruce Feiler


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce Feiler writes the -This Life- column for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham and The Secrets of Happy Families. He's also the writer/presenter of the PBS series -Walking the Bible- and -Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.-

Bruce Feiler currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion?

where god was born  Mar 22, 2007
Very much second best to his earlier book, walking the bible. seems like the author thought he had to write another book on the same topic, which is too bad.
 
If You Want to Understand the Bible  Jan 9, 2007
Very informative. The Lord has blessed Bruce Feiler. I've read his other books Walking the Bible, and Abraham, and it was difficult to put them down.
 
Illuminating History  Aug 10, 2006
Enlarged my understanding of Biblical history and provided background for todays problems in that part of the country. Everyone needs to read.
 
Sign of our times  Jul 15, 2006
Today, our culture scoffs at believing the Bible, as a result it is not at all fashionable to actually read it. So, unsurprisingly, it is a sign of our times that this book's many mistakes would go unnoticed by the vast majority.

Feiler's book is an engrossing travelogue. He takes us to many of the sites referenced in the Bible and helps make them come alive with his narrative. However, even as a newcomer to Bible study, I caught several errors just in the first few chapters.

Had this book been written 50 years ago, I think even the most secular editor would have sent the book back for a rewrite. How can we take Feiler's points seriously, when he can't get even the basic facts straight?
 
Traveling Thru Time  Jun 30, 2006
I thoroughly enjoy reading Bruce Feiler's journeys in the Bible lands and his insights. It doesn't matter that he is Jewish and I am a Christian. I learn so much about the Old Testament it makes me want to research the Bible further and gain my own perspective using this book as a useful tool.

I agree with the editorial reviews. I find every bit of the book fascinating as Bruce uncovers little known details of ancient times. His recent visit to Iraq and Iran - how courageous. My thanks to him and also to his wife for sharing their thoughts and for their desire for unity and peace among all peoples.

Hopefully, the journey will continue thru the New Testament lands. I look forward to this author's next book.
 

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