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Critical Praise

"Feiler, not unlike Mark Twain, brings a sharp sense of humor to the whole endeavor."

——Los Angeles Times

"This is a joy to read. . . .a winning combination of history, travel, and spiritual memoir."

——Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Smart and savvy, insightful and illuminating."

——Los Angeles Times

"A vivid and discerning tour through a land that reflects this epochal figure's life of exile, questioning...and faith."

——Kirkus Reviews

"An exciting, well-told story informed by Feiler's boundless intellectual curiosity...[and] sense of adventure."

——Miami Herald

"A powerful and spiritual pilgrimage…in every way, marvelous if not indispensable reading for anyone remotely interested in the Torah."

——Chicago Sun-Times

"The perfect read for people who are interested in the Bible and the middle East."

——Jerusalem Post

"An instant classic…A pure joy to read."

——Washington Post Book World

"An inspirational oasis…From the barren land, Feiler emerges, like those whose paths he traces, renewed and transformed."


"An eloquently spiritual pilgrimage."

——Entertainment Weekly

"Bruce Feiler went looking for proof. He learned that proof doesn't matter."

——USA Today

"Feiler delivers a wealth of information in an accessible and entertaining format."

——New York Times Book Review

"Evocative, descriptive, emotionally honest, and often funny."

——Christian Science Monitor

"[Feiler] is an excellent guide...He has...invested [this book] with a keen intellectual curiosity."

——New York Times