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.
Feiler's 2001 bestseller, Walking the Bible, took readers on a spiritual tour through the lands of the Bible. Its sequel is a spiritual biography of Abraham, the father of the three great monotheistic religions. Jews, Christians and Muslims all trace their origins to Abraham, who, as the story goes, led his family out of Mesopotamia and into Canaan (possibly in the early second millennium B.C.) and, during the journey, had several decisive encounters with God. God's outrageous requestslike asking Abraham to sacrifice his sonare, in the holy books that recorded them, templates for faith. Over time, each tradition has reinvented the patriarch to serve its own needs and sees its rivals as having betrayed his legacy. Feiler's travels through violence-ridden cities like Hebron (in the West Bank) and the New York of September 11 reveal the depths of the rift that divides Abraham's modern heirs. While this is an engaging, timely book, Feiler's final plea for an updated Abraham on which all three faiths can agree sounds like wishful thinking.