Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

by Bruce Feiler
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Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler

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.

At a moment when the world is asking, “Can the religions get along?” one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One man holds the key to our deepest fears -- and our possible reconciliation. Abraham.

Bruce Feiler set out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch. Traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world's leading religious minds, Feiler uncovers fascinating, little-known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.

Both immediate and timeless, Abraham is a powerful, universal story, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the man God chose to be his partner. Thoughtful and inspiring, it offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061801839
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 279,097
File size: 986 KB

About the Author

Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Savannah, Georgia


B.A., Yale University, 1987; M.Phil. in international relations, Cambridge University, 1991

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Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but the person who wrote the review titled "Another Islam bashing perspective" is way off base! Complaining that this book is written by an outsider to Islam is unfair, and would preclude anyone writing about anything they are not specifically a part of, or member of. Furthermore, Feiler does NOT bash Islam, any more than be bashes Christianity or Judaism. He takes a very open and honest approach to Islam, which is clearly conveyed in the book. His interviews and conversations with leading Islamic figures are demonstrate curiosity, respect and the sincere desire to learn. Perhaps you need to read the book again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good book. Well written and easy to become engrossed in. Bruce is honest in his writing and very enlightening. By the end of the book you are able to understand the goal of all monotheistic religions SHOULD be loving your God and living a life following His direction. It has to do with trust. A Good read for anyone intrigued by faith.
George DeFrehn More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Feiler's 'Abraham' is a good book about the father of three religions written for people who have never read the Book of Genesis. For the totally uninitiated, Feiler gives a summary of the biblical stories, but does not go much further than this. Instead of Feiler's 'Abraham,' I would recommend first that people read the biblical Genesis. This is a much more interesting and lively book than Feiler's. And second, if you want insight into the same material that Feiler is writing about, read Dennis Shulman's 'The Genius of Genesis.' Shulman's book has more depth and is as well written as Feiler's.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
In this short work, Feiler reviews the Biblical story of Abraham and then describes how the myth of Abraham has changed over time and between the Abrahamic religions. It is well-written and interesting, and its length is well-suited for the amount of information Feiler wishes to convey. (There were no lengthy speculations in order to add bulk!) I enjoyed it and learned a little bit, too!
Name4me More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book to read. It was filled with facts and perspectives from three different religions. Some of my favorite insights given were given by leaders from another faith! It is so great to be able to learn from each other... This book is fantastic!
DanVSWild More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book written by a Jewish man who provides truly unbias facts about the life of Abraham. He explains the ways the Abrahamic religions have adulterated the facts in an attempt to claim sole possession of the Prophet in order to honor their respective beliefs.
SOUTHERN-READING-WOMAN More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading throughout the world. It promotes a hope for universal peace and concern for all humanity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why someone only gave this 2 stars because it is an excellent book. It gives good insight into each of the 3 faiths and their interpretations of Abraham. It also shows that there is hope out there that we may beable to get along better than thought. I'm impressed with his interviews with leaders in each of the 3 faiths instead of just his thoughts about where the legends and stories came from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a religion teacher for now seven years, and this book has inspired me in many ways. Feiler's ability to draw evident connections between Islam, Judaism and Christianity is truly a remarkable gift. Abraham is bound to become a classic in religion classrooms around the World. One can only hope that Feiler won't leaving his readers waiting for more for too long... let's all hope he comes out with another novel soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contrary to other reviews this book does not bash any of the religions. It merely tries to explain how Abraham became the lynchpin of the 3 major religions. It causes you to think and ask "not unlike Abraham" why are we following these clerics, priests and rabbis? Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers and you may still not know who Abraham really was!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world where people of different religious beliefs are killing each other in the name of God, we need more books like this. This book was a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is an excellent piece. There's more here than most would assume, carries forward into todays faiths. Another author has done this with Moses, by Maddox, see below.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last winter I read Walking the Bible so when I found out Abraham was out I bought and read it. It is so inspiring that three faiths look to him for guidance. I really loved it.I wish now he would write a book on Moses.
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