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3.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 5 3.46 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Feiler Narrator: Bruce Feiler Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780060888572
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At a time when America debates its values and the world braces for religious war, Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers Walking the Bible and Abraham, travels ten thousand miles through the Middle East to examine the question

Is religion tearing us apart … or can it bring us together?

Where God Was Born combines the adventure of a wartime chronicle and an archaeological detective story with an inspiring journey of spiritual exploration. Taking readers to biblical sites not seen by Westerners for decades, it uncovers little-known details about the common roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and affirms the importance of the Bible in today’s world.

Where God Was Born observes that at the birth moment of the biblical religions, all of the faiths took from one another, exchanged ideas, recognized their commonalities, and were open to peaceful coexistence. Offering a rare vision of God that can unite different faiths into a shared allegiance of hope, this is a brave, challenging, and profound work that addresses the most important issues of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Feiler provokes us to reflect that if the Bible itself can sing the praises of a king who accepted the various religions of those he ruled, perhaps there is hope we can find room for more tolerance in our own time. Highly recommended.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Continuing where Walking the Bible left off, Feiler narrates his own journey throughout the Middle East, tracing the history behind the biblical stories of Joshua, Sampson, King David, Cyrus of Persia, the Maccabees, and more. His speaking style is gently clear, personal, and immediate.”

    AudioFile

  • “The third of Feiler’s books on the Bible and the Middle East, this is another absorbing blend of travelogue, history, Bible commentary, memoir, current events and passionate preaching.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Erudite yet immensely readable, [Feiler] chronicles a spiritual journey to the roots of Western civilization.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahb. | 2/18/2014

    " I liked this book very much--highly recommend it:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Young | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting take on the roots of the 3 major monotheistic religions, set with the background of the author's trip through the modernized ancient world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leisa | 2/4/2014

    " Great combo of memoir, travelogue, history, theology & geopolitics. I get a very personal view of places I will probably never visit, plus a deeper understanding of the historical and geographical roots my religious beliefs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/21/2014

    " An interesting read for anyone who wants to learn more about the geological and historic roots of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and how these beginnings relate to today's religious conflicts in the Middle East. Sometimes the book can read a bit like a textbook, but so far I think it's a fascinating read, especially since Feiler is brave enough to visit famous biblical spots in the Middle East where most tourists would never set foot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginia | 1/13/2014

    " I own the audiobook. He had many good insights that made me think. There were also perspectives I did NOT agree with, but still - in weighing what I gained against what I didn't agree with - it was still worth my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy Laughridge | 1/4/2014

    " Bruce Feiler's books are so fascinating and thought-provoking. They are such a great mix of history, the Bible, current events, and his own personal and spiritual journey. I loved this one and Abraham. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/29/2013

    " Almost didn't like this one at all, especially compared with "Walking the Bible". Much more biased, and alot more relativistic.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 12/9/2013

    " I read this a few years ago. My copy has the subtitle 'A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion' which I think is a better description as it was neither daring nor an adventure but it was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 samuel stolper | 10/27/2013

    " a tad annoying personality, in my opinion. i didnt like how grave everything was made out to be. course, jerusalem is ridiculously heavy. i want to go to iran, for real. cyrus was the messiah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jcsnelling | 10/23/2013

    " Second book in the series from Feiler. Like his first, "Walking the Bible" Feiler travels through those parts of the world depicted in the second 5 books of the Bible (Iran and Iraq). Lots of historical information and trivia about things you know, but don't really think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/2/2013

    " Great background reading for my upcoming trip to Israel/Palestine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theadra | 7/1/2013

    " I am really enjoying this book. It's a great companion to "Walking the Bible". This book is written after 9-11 and contrasts nicely with what we are learning of the Middle East now. It has given me a new found interest and respect for the Iraq region and the history there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Mateo | 10/9/2012

    " Amazing book! I listened to it and was truely captivated by the author's words and voice. The tracing of the biblical roots really helped beginning belivers,such as myself, understand what is where, who was who and sorts to better understand the beginings of my own journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darrell | 8/18/2012

    " The author spent most of his time talking about weird spiritual understanding he had learned, none of which made sense to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Brough | 6/7/2012

    " Not the kind of book I would choose for myself. Read it with a book group. Interesting insight into how Bruce(of Jewish religion) feels about the Old Testament prophets and how he literally goes back to the actual places that the events took place. A very long book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tovah Aho | 5/29/2012

    " It starts in a helicopter and that is a good sign. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian W | 3/20/2012

    " Historical portion of the book was very well written, although I can't agree with his moralistic conclusions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 6/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this book. After reading it, I am very charged to visit Iraq and Iran, and all those other anti-american countries. It will be an interesting trip if I can somehow make it work... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 5/13/2011

    " An interesting take on the roots of the 3 major monotheistic religions, set with the background of the author's trip through the modernized ancient world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahb. | 9/24/2010

    " I liked this book very much--highly recommend it:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 6/3/2010

    " Amazing book! I listened to it and was truely captivated by the author's words and voice. The tracing of the biblical roots really helped beginning belivers,such as myself, understand what is where, who was who and sorts to better understand the beginings of my own journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/28/2010

    " This book was a real adventure story that kept me interested throughout.I also found it to be enlightening, and a reminder of how "white-washed" (Feiler's wife's words)our religious education often is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jcsnelling | 2/3/2010

    " Second book in the series from Feiler. Like his first, "Walking the Bible" Feiler travels through those parts of the world depicted in the second 5 books of the Bible (Iran and Iraq). Lots of historical information and trivia about things you know, but don't really think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 12/30/2009

    " I have read other books by Bruce Feiler including Abraham and Walking the Bible. All were very good. If you want to learn alot about the history and actual places we were taught in Sunday school. And why things are the way they are today. These are the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/23/2009

    " Not the kind of book I would choose for myself. Read it with a book group. Interesting insight into how Bruce(of Jewish religion) feels about the Old Testament prophets and how he literally goes back to the actual places that the events took place. A very long book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginia | 8/15/2009

    " I own the audiobook. He had many good insights that made me think. There were also perspectives I did NOT agree with, but still - in weighing what I gained against what I didn't agree with - it was still worth my time. "

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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.