By Bruce Feiler
During this well timed, provocative, and uplifting trip, the bestselling writer of jogging the Bible searches for the guy on the center of the world's 3 monotheistic religions -- and today's deadliest conflicts.
At a second while the realm is calling, “Can the religions get along?” one determine will be the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One guy holds the major to our inner most fears -- and our attainable reconciliation. Abraham.
Bruce Feiler set out on a private quest to higher comprehend our universal patriarch. touring in conflict zones, hiking via caves and old shrines, and sitting down with the world's best non secular minds, Feiler uncovers attention-grabbing, little-known information of the guy who defines religion for part the world.
Both quick and undying, Abraham is a strong, common tale, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the guy God selected to be his companion. considerate and encouraging, it bargains an extraordinary imaginative and prescient of wish that might redefine what we predict approximately our acquaintances, our destiny, and ourselves.
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