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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: November 2003 ISBN: 9780060735579
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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.”

    Oregonian 

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting. A look at the life of Abraham through the eyes of a Jewish man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/21/2013

    " I liked it very much! Feiler has a wonderful ability to weave a narrative of the Bible that makes it easy to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 12/21/2013

    " interesting read about the common thread of Abraham in the 3 faiths of Judism, Christianity, and Islam "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/20/2013

    " I expected more out of this book than just the exterior observations in a travel log manner.. lacks the depth that these faiths and holy lands are deserving of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Day | 12/2/2013

    " An interesting look at how Judaism, Islam and Christianity have taken the story of Abraham and used it to meet their needs and have made it their own. A though provoking book that causes one to question the infallibility of religion and the books they use to guide their followers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prizm Tungsten | 11/25/2013

    " Overall a decent book. Some of the conclusions seem a bit tangential to the strands of reasoning. Much of the reasoning is tenuous at best. More of a personal reflection. Still, a worthy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 marion | 11/24/2013

    " I really love his other books, but this one not so much. I found it sort of boring and not very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indra Setiadi | 8/28/2013

    " Need more books like this, the one that can explain biblical history in popular language. Three stars because it is still a heavy reading for a layperson like myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barefootinthedirt | 8/3/2013

    " This is a wonderful book to help understand Islam and the origins of Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam. I urge everyone to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Lowe | 8/14/2012

    " Abraham the father of 3 religions - Ishmael and Isaac "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross Bigelow | 5/12/2012

    " Fielder seeks the link among Christians, Muslims and Jews who claim common inheritance to ancestor Abraham. As a link among the three monotheist religions, we can see a future of common unity and potential peace. Read this with an open mind and a desire to bring our world to one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Mollerus | 3/13/2012

    " I didn't finish it, lightweight for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/13/2011

    " Learned a ton about the history of 3 religions, from a surprisingly mostly non-biased writer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justin Rose | 6/30/2011

    " Feiler undoubtedly has an agenda other than truth. This book is neither well researched, nor objective; and is full of anachronisms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/15/2011

    " Feiler tells us a very personal story, his own journey through three one-God faiths and those faiths' interpretation of the father of monotheism. As we take that journey with him, we can uncover moods, influences, and perspectives that can make a positive difference within us. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maggie | 3/31/2011

    " I read half of it and kept waiting for it to get started. I decided not to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/29/2011

    " Very interesting and educational. The type and format is very easy on the eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indra | 3/21/2011

    " Need more books like this, the one that can explain biblical history in popular language. Three stars because it is still a heavy reading for a layperson like myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/5/2011

    " This book gave me a better understanding of the significance of Abraham, as the first man to follow one God. I enjoyed reading Bruce Feiler's personal journey and interviews with scholars and religious leaders of the 3 major monotheistic faiths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 3/4/2011

    " I read this for book club. It was interesting, but there were a few spots where I had to stop and scratch my head, thinking, "Where did he get that?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Revjkoth | 1/18/2011

    " A must read in light of the current political climate in the world brought on by Christianity, Islam and Judaism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/14/2011

    " Thought provoking reading...even for non believes. Great insight into the three predominate faiths of today, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Author Bruce Feiler shows how each religion 'claimed' Abraham and then preceded to mold his story to fit their needs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/13/2011

    " Good look the the founder of the three faiths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Joyce | 11/4/2010

    " This was enlightening-- and now I want to know even more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 11/1/2010

    " Started, returned it -- sadly very "dry"! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 10/18/2010

    " The theme or focus of this quick read is 3 distinct faiths have one father; Abraham. The story tells us how the Jewish, Muslim or Christian beginnings all started with Abraham and how we are all tied to this unassuming individual. A good summarized read of different faiths common beginning "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dgoll | 9/12/2010

    " This was a very interesting book. Feiler investigates Abraham, the father of the three major religions, how each interptets him and use them as their model for what a faith well lived should like and how these religions deviate from each other. I am very glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 8/4/2010

    " A very interesting comparison and contrast study of the three major world religions. Yet another excellent book from Bruce Feiler. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler is a columnist on contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and The Council of Dads. He is the writer-presenter of the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys. A frequent commentator on modern life on radio and television, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.