by Julie HaleMarch, 2004
This New York Times bestseller is Feiler's follow-up to the surprisingly successful Walking the Bible (2001). A fearless exploration of the power of faith, Abraham is a masterful mix of history, travel writing and the author's own personal musings on the nature of religion. Embarking on a quest that takes him to war-torn hot spots like Jerusalem, Feiler strives to synthesize three different religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam by using Abraham, founding father of each belief system, as a filter. Along the way, he talks with priests, rabbis and religious scholars, learning some surprising things about the critical role Abraham plays for believers around the world. It's a journey that proves as meaningful for the reader as it does for the author. The paperback edition features a new afterword from Feiler, as well as an interfaith discussion guide. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.harpercollins.com/readers.