Title: America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story
Author: Bruce Feiler
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
Bruce Feiler’s New York Times bestsellers Abraham, Walking the Bible, and Where God Was Born brilliantly explored the roots of faith. With America’s Prophet, Feiler looks at Moses and the essential role the prophet has played in our nation’s history and development. Bruce Feiler’s most fascinating and thought-provoking book to date, America’s Prophet delves deeply into how the Exodus story and America’s true “Spiritual Founding Father” have inspired many of the most important figures and defining events in this country’s history—from the Mayflower Pilgrims to the Civil Rights movement—and how Moses can provide meaning in times of national crisis, even today.
I absolutely love Bruce Feiler’s books. I’ve read most of them so far, and I find them compelling and incredibly interesting. His books Walking the Bible, Where God Was Born, and Abraham are amazing works of non-fiction in which Bruce Feiler actually goes to the Middle East and visits locales from the Bible and tries to make a spiritual connection with them. Though I’m not Christian or Jewish, I’ve always been very interested in the Bible, and his books really captured my imagination.
America’s Prophet is a very interesting book about the figure of Moses in the history of America. When I first got this book, I was a bit confused because I didn’t think Moses had much of a place in American history. I can’t believe how wrong I was – again and again, Moses comes up as a figure of inspiration, someone to lead us through troubled times to a Promised Land. Americans see themselves in the story of Moses, even now. It’s really incredible to read about.
My favorite part of America’s Prophet was when Feiler retraced part of the Underground Railroad. He went out in the middle of the night and literally darted between alleyways and buildings, trying to get a sense of what it was like. Of course, he only followed a very short part of the Railroad, but I was so impressed by his need to become part of the story. I’ve admired and been a fan of Bruce Feiler’s for a very long time, but this really showed me how much he immerses himself in the stories he’s writing about.
If you are interested in the Bible, even just in a secular sense like me, you must pick up Bruce Feiler’s books. Though he is Jewish, his words about faith and spirituality cross all religious boundaries. His travels to find and connect with actual places in the Bible are wonderful to read about, and his discussion of history is simply fascinating. Even if you don’t normally like non-fiction, you should try Bruce Feiler’s books. He really is a not-to-be-missed author, and America’s Prophet is no exception. I enjoyed it very much and already can’t wait for his next book to be released!