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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Feiler Narrator: Bruce Feiler Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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?” Abraham stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He holds the key to our deepest fears—and our possible reconciliation.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exquisitely written journey…100 percent engaging.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “A winning mix of insight, passion, and historical research…provides a basis for fostering genuine communication.” 

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Feiler’s pluralistic view of this pivotal figure is intriguing.”

    Washington Post Book World 

  • “Engaging, accessible.”

    Miami Herald 

  • “Feiler’s combination of journalism, commentary and self-discovery tells the reader volumes about humankind.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

  • “Fascinating…An intriguing page turner.” 

    St. Petersburg Times 

  • “Captures the beauty and desolation of the landscape, the tension of its shared holy places.”


  • More important than Feiler's masterful wordsmithing is his passionate engagement of the subject matter. Italics are everywhere, yet they don’t feel overused; Feiler has a keen sense of what is at stake when these three religions claim Abraham as their father. This is a joy to read.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Like his hugely popular Walking the Bible, Feiler keeps our interest by mixing theological meditation with adventurous travelogue and sly wit. And this quietly brilliant examination of Abraham, which begins as part lit-crit thesis and part theological treatise, becomes, in the end, a passionate and prayerful argument for peace between faiths.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Anyone seeking to understand the roots of tension in the Middle East need look no further than the final half of this book, where Feiler interprets the meaning of Abraham as seen through the prism of each religion. Surprisingly, the book is as entertaining as it is thoughtful: Feiler is a masterful writer with a warm, humorous voice, a dazzling way with metaphors, and an underlying intelligence that comes through in every passage. Abraham deserves the highest of recommendations.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review 

  • “Looking to reconcile the three monotheistic religions, the author of the best-selling Walking the Bible goes on a journey (literally slogging through the desert) to uncover their shared progenitor.”

    Library Journal

  • ”A vivid and discerning tour through a land that reflects this epochal figure’s life of exile, questioning…and faith.”

    Kirkus Reviews  

  • “An engaging, timely book.”

    Book Magazine 

  • “A thoughtful combination of theology, history and travel writing.” 

    Austin American-Statesman 

  • “Scrupulously fair in reporting the thinking of all of the traditions…Appealing.”

    Nashville Tennessean 

  • “A heartrending journey…Fascinating.”

    Colorado Springs Gazette  

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angie | 2/14/2014

    " My own understanding of Abraham is from a Christian perspective, so I sometimes found it difficult to remain objective while reading this book, but I tried to learn from it and I believe I did. I was glad to find it very easy reading as well, although occasionally the author was a bit too flippant. It was worth my time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Damon Davis | 2/12/2014

    " informative, engaging, and a thought provoking read. definitely a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/11/2014

    " A decent book. Goes through the various traditions and ever-changing history of The Patriarch of religion's Big Three. I really like the way Feiler approaches the topic but, as in his other book I read, I feel like he alwasy stops short in his analysis and doesn't consistently pursue the subject matter to the fullest. You'll probably learn some little things, but you'll also probably be unsatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book for the way it compares the different perspectives each of the monotheistic, middle-Eastern religions when looking at Biblical stories we all know so well. Bruce Feiler has an incredible knack for putting in simple terms the roots of our divisive beliefs. But he does more than that in this book. He really shows you that at our religious cores, we are not all that far apart. "

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