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They met as children, innocents from two different worlds.  And from that moment their lives were fated to be forever entwined. Timothy : Abandoned at birth, he finds a home—and a dazzling career—within the Catholic Church.  But the vows he takes cannot protect him from one soul-igniting passion. Daniel : The scholarly son of a great rabbi, he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps.  And destined to break his father's heart. Deborah : She was raised to be docile and ...

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Overview

They met as children, innocents from two different worlds.  And from that moment their lives were fated to be forever entwined. Timothy : Abandoned at birth, he finds a home—and a dazzling career—within the Catholic Church.  But the vows he takes cannot protect him from one soul-igniting passion. Daniel : The scholarly son of a great rabbi, he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps.  And destined to break his father's heart. Deborah : She was raised to be docile and dutiful—the perfect rabbi's wife—but love will lead her to rebellion.  And into world's the patriarch would never dare imagine.

Reaching across more than a quarter of a century, from the tough streets of Brooklyn to ultramodern Brasilia to an Israeli kibbutz, and radiating the splendor of two holy cities, Rome and Jerusalem, here is Erich Segal's most provocative and ambitious novel to date—the unforgettable story of three extraordinary lives...and one forbidden love.

Six-time New York Times bestselling author Erich Segal serves up a controversial mix of piety, politics, and passion in his latest endeavor. Reaching across more than a quarter of a century, from the tough streets of Brooklyn to ultramodern Brasilia to an Israeli kibbutz, Segal offers a towering novel of sin and salvation--the unforgettable story of three extraordinary lives . . . and one forbidden love.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dismally predictable, humorless and heavy-handed, Segal's latest melodramatic tale after Doctors is potboiling at its most banal. Daniel Luria is the heir apparent to the Brooklyn-based Silczer dynasty of rabbis. After Timothy Hogan an ``orphan'' with two living parents breaks the Lurias' window, Rabbi Luria hires him to turn out the lights on Sabbath nights. When the rabbi sees his daughter Deborah and Timothy poised for a forbidden embrace, he banishes Deborah to Jerusalem. Timothy, a rising star en route to Catholic priesthood, eventually encounters Deborah on her kibbutz; they consummate their relationship, despite Timothy's vows of celibacy. Meanwhile, in rabbinical school, Daniel finds doubt as well as lust in his heart; his lover leaves him, but not without some hot stock tips. A millionaire if still unhappy, Daniel decides against religious life, to his father's profound discontent. Timothy encounters liberation theology in Brazil, has an epiphany, turns his back on Church hierarchy and acknowledges love. Daniel, who has rejoined his faith on less Orthodox terms, meets the woman of his dreams, and also finds he can follow in his father's footsteps. Segal makes even the interesting details and dilemmas of religious lives seem superficial. 250,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo . Apr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553560701
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 674,079
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    Awesome Book!

    I cannot tell you how many times I have read this book... each and every time, I learn something new about my religion (Judaism). I for one would love it if someone would bring this book to the movie screen -- I foresee Sandra Bullock as Deborah, David Caruso as Timothy, and Eric Thal as Daniel. Hollywood, what are you waiting for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    1 book i didnt like putting down

    I just got out of 9th grade and i bought this book for summer. I could not stop reading it. just kept on non stop. well i finished in 5 weeks. if you knew me you would know that i read a book then stop somewhere in the middle. so i loved it that i was so anxious for the next page. PHENOMENAL!! i would definitely reccomend it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    The eyes have it!

    Chapter 10 Asher flunks the woman scholar issue presented by Deborah. Women, it seems, are to be in the kitchen but they can, interject opinions occassionally ?inside their own houses. He is handsome, tall and has hazel eyes. Exactly what is hazel? Like brown blue or blue green or greyish dull or brown green. It is an important question. Ask all policeofficers. 'Look at me.' His face came four inches from my nose as he stooped down and popped his head in the car's window. 'There green.' He looked back to my driver's liscence. 'Why did you say that they were hazel?' I shrugged my shoulders. He looked into my eyes even deeper the second time. 'They are definitely not brown. You better get the colour changed on your lisence. 'Yes sir.' 'I'm letting you go this time with just a hundred dollar fine.' He passed me my ticket and walked away. 'Oh thank you very much Constable J. P. Flagg.' J with a dot, P with a dot, Flagg, all spelled correctly. Each letter formed to the proper degree. Jennifer was very interested in eyes. She propped herself up onto her elbow to take a closer look at Oliver's face as he laid sleeping. He had a wide forehead. His nose was slightly swollen from where she had punched him in the face while they were wrestling. It didn't l ook broken at all. Just swollen. HIs lips were masculine and sported two long dimples on each side of his mouth. They gave the impression of sensitivity when he smiled. And what a smile. Every time Jennifer caught him in a lie, Oliver would bow his head, averting his eyes away from hers and smile. The right side of his mouth would curl up slightly more than the left. 'You are such a liar!' She had told him. Maybe that was why he was crying. He really wasn't a toad. 'More like a weasel.' Her eyes continued to scan his face down to his chin which was not as interesting as Alexander's chin nor of Frank Sinatra Junior who she had a priviledge of meeting at a sports arena. Just briefly. Still it gave Jennifer a choice of comparison. 'Definitely weasel. The type that likes to watch from a safe distance. The type that likes to play hide and seek. The type that hoards all sorts of interesting things under floorboards.' 'Oliver?' Oliver grunted. She wanted him to open his eyes so she could get a good look. What colour were they? Green or greyish green. She had noted a small mole on his lower lid. She smiled faintly and touched the mole on her lower lid. 'Not exactly perfect.' 'Oliver.' He whinced and opened and closed his eyes so quickly that it wasn't worth her time to crawl closer. She couldn't read his eyes which was most annoying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2003

    Ancient standards versus modern convenience

    Eric Segal wrote a good book. His charactrers challenged the accepted basis of their faith. Two won and one lost. Tim won. Priestly celibacy is not one of the prescribed standards for meeting God in christianity. It was imposed by a sect. After living a lie for many years, he had the courage to break out of the mould, and take a good woman.The baughter of Luria won. She understood it early that God does not discriminate between sexes. she stood for that and she won. Danny lost miserably. He started a revolt and could not complete it. he was drawn back to the atavisism he sought desperately to escape. all in all, this is a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    A catchy one!

    Read the book without keeping it down, a catchy novel, really good! a thought proviking novel with insights to religious beliefs... and the way the author potrays the ending of the 3 lives is very realistic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    a superb book!

    Acts of Faith is truly a great book.It inspires me and made me understood different cultures and that God truly make a way for our happiness.It is truly a must read book for everybody.Erich Segal's best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    GREAT!

    I admit that I have yet to read any of his others works, but I'm going to now! This book was great. It's protrayal of Chassidic Jews was right on the mark, but the reader should be warned that most Jews are not like that at all. I'm sure the same could be said of the Catholics protrayed, although I wouldn't know. Great book, great story, and most importantly, great ending!

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