I just finished (in 2 1/2 days) the book by Esquire editor and writer AJ Jacobs The Year of Living Biblically. This is a journal of sorts from a secular Jewish New Yorker who decided to try to follow all the rules in the Bible as literally as possible for an entire year. The result is funny and surprising. The moments when, even as an agnostic, he feels changed by his daily prayer life are compelling. His foray into snake handling and Crown Heights Hasidic rituals bring a shifting contextuality to the experiment which make me want to undergo something that could only be called the "Great American Religious Road trip", anyone else wanna come?