Acts of Faith They met as children innocents from two different worlds And from that moment their lives were fated to be forever entwined Timothy Abandoned at birth he finds a home and a dazzling career within th

  • Title: Acts of Faith
  • Author: Erich Segal
  • ISBN: 9780553560701
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • They met as children, innocents from two different worlds And from that moment their lives were fated to be forever entwined Timothy Abandoned at birth, he finds a home and a dazzling career within the Catholic Church But the vows he takes cannot protect him from one soul igniting passion Daniel The scholarly son of a great rabbi, he is destined to follow in hiThey met as children, innocents from two different worlds And from that moment their lives were fated to be forever entwined Timothy Abandoned at birth, he finds a home and a dazzling career within the Catholic Church But the vows he takes cannot protect him from one soul igniting passion Daniel The scholarly son of a great rabbi, he is destined to follow in his father s footsteps And destined to break his father s heart Deborah She was raised to be docile and dutiful the perfect rabbi s wife but love will lead her to rebellion And into world s the patriarch would never dare imagine.Reaching across than a quarter of a century, from the tough streets of Brooklyn to ultramodern Brasilia to an Israeli kibbutz, and radiating the splendor of two holy cities, Rome and Jerusalem, here is Erich Segal s most provocative and ambitious novel to date the unforgettable story of three extraordinary livesd one forbidden love.

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    1. Caught at the cross-roads of choosing between the out-of-bounds, forbidden but all-consuming earthly love for his soul mate and the love for the Father of the Universe, is a young Christian boy, Timothy. This boy's love interest's brother, Daniel, (who are orthodox Jews) is too broad-mined to follow mutely into his his beloved but dogmatic & fiercely conservative father's footsteps to become a celebrated rabbi. In the meanwhile, Deborah, Jewish love interest of the Christian boy, is sent to [...]

    2. Yes, clichés and facile presentations of Jews and Catholics abound in this novel, but I don't care - I love a good defrocked priest story and this was a good one.I just loved everything about the relationship between Timothy and Deborah - the way it began, the manner in which it was consummated, and their eventual reconciliation. I did wish Erich Segal had done a better job showing how Deborah and Tim went from barely acquaintances to a romantic attachment for each other. I felt the author did [...]

    3. #ActsOfFaith by #ErichSegalDid I like this book? Absolutely. Was it a page Turner? Yes, again(except a few phases in between) . Did it make me think about a lot of things in the real world? A triumphant yes again and probably the biggest reason why I picked it up in the first place. Did I agree with the author's thought process/views on religion (Roman Catholic and Judaism in this case) which he tried to portray through his three central characters? Yes again, specially the radical ones (which h [...]

    4. I had really high hopes for this book but then realized that the religious themes were actually overwhelming. Maybe I'm biased because I know so few pious people in real life, so the characters and their storylines seemed really far-fetched. It was a good and interesting story, though. A bit cheesy, but sometimes that's not a bad thing. 3.5 stars.

    5. I learned a lot about the Jewish culture in reading this book, as well as how and why it is not the same as the Jewish faith. The characters were struggling to understand their own heritage and what part of it was choice and what part a required privilege. It was extremely interesting and the characters and locations were well drawn.

    6. As well researched and plotted as this is, I entered into with skepticism from the outset. Sadly, I wasn't able to let go of it.

    7. A complete page turner, despite its hefty 500+ pages.It was an enlightening read, with regards to the Jewish culture and history, and it had a lot of insights into Christianity.At times the religious aspects of the book are overwhelming, but, those are definitely overcome by how much you get to learn about these religions. The story takes us through New York, Israel, Brazil and Rome, and is never a drag to read. Yes, it is a little predictable, and maybe Daniel should have had a bit more limelig [...]

    8. This is a wonderful book! So interesting to read about two faiths and how they relate to and perceive God. Since I have always been Protestant, I learned a lot, but am left with questions. The character development was well done. Since this is an older book, I am almost certain I read it many years ago. It is a book worth rereading!

    9. Love story was my introduction to Segal but this is the book that made him an author worth reading to me.Its a saga that explores too of the most popular faiths - Christinaity and Juadaism. They have repeatedly clashed iwth each other and as an outsider (since I donot belong to either) it made a fascinating read.

    10. This book is one of my favorite of all times. What I loved in the book is that each character tries to run away from his or her identity, eventually comes to terms with it. There is no running away from who we are, where are born, and which religion we belong to.

    11. Libro letto veramente per caso Avevo preparato qualche libro che se ne stava in soffitta in modo da venderli ad un mercatino dell'usato, questo alla fine non l'ho venduto (tecnicamente non l'ho mai messo in vendita, perchè era l'ultimo libro che ho tolto dalla scatola e non sapendo dove metterlo sul banchino ho iniziato a leggerlo!!!) Dalla trama avevo capito che è il genere di libro che piace a me, conosciamo i protagonisti da ragazzi e la storia cresce con loro In questo caso inizia tutto a [...]

    12. Muszę szczerze przyznać, że dawno już nie natknęłam się na książkę, której szybkie przeczytanie zahacza wręcz o profanację. Segal w "Aktach wiary" porusza się bowiem po kilku płaszczyznach, podejmuje wiele wątków, stawia rozliczne pytania, a robi to używając prostego i bardzo trafnego języka. Ale do rzeczySama historia też nie jest specjalnie skomplikowana. Jest tu troje głównych bohaterów: żydowskie rodzeństwo Daniel i Debora Luria, dzieci wybitnego rabina i prawdziweg [...]

    13. I must confess that old age and maturity is making me have a more kinder attitude towards Erich Segal's books. Like I mentioned in my review for Doctors, the elements of his books which put me off them remain: the unrealistic perfection of the characters, the "soap drama" like way his stories unfold and, as many other reviewers have pointed out: the overall predictability of his books. I suspect that after the success of Love Story, both the book and the film, he wished to repeat it and wrote hi [...]

    14. Hablar de "actos de fe" es hablar de uno de mis favoritos, tanto que ha sido el primer libro que he releído, uno de los culpables de que me guste la lectura. Es una historia simple de amor (genero muy utilizado por Erich Segal), ubicada en años posteriores a la segunda guerra mundial, uno de esos amores imposibles y no por la clase social, sino por algo un poco más profundo la religión (esto te lo dejo a tu consideración), una chica judía y un chico cristiano problemático, y el hermano de [...]

    15. Three extraordinary lives, the style is similar to other books of Erich Segal. The book was informative for people who are not aware of Jewish and Christian traditions and ceremonies.The character of Deborah was the best among the three, the timeline and sequence of events happening in her life were great, except that, it didn't get a good climax it deserved. A daughter who was removed from the house, who later eloped like a rebel from aunt's house and finally returned home to live the life she [...]

    16. The traditions, rituals, strictness, hypocrisies of the Jewish and Catholic religions come crashing together when Deborah (14)and Daniel(16)meet (in NY). Deborah has been raised very orthodox Jew. Daniel, having been abandoned as a baby and raised by his unsympathetic/rigorously strict uncle & aunt, has (by some miracle) found solace in the Catholic church. When they are caught by Deborah's father conversing in the entryway (totally forbidden for Deborah) Deborah is banished to Israel where [...]

    17. El inicio del libro es interesante, nos introduce en varios elementos del judaísmo ortodoxo (y te deja con ganas de investigar sobre el tema), toca, sin profundizar el feminismo, el sacerdocio, el perdón, el paso a la adultez. Es entretenido pero solo eso, las vidas de Daniel, Deborah y en especial de Timothy avanzan de salto en salto; sin ninguna profundidad en los momentos cumbres. Buen ejemplo de como no terminar un libro.--------------------------------------------------------------------- [...]

    18. This book must resonate within most people-- the main theme being love across religious boundaries. What I loved most about this book was the simultaneous narration of three characters-- an amazing feature in a Segal book.The story revolves around three characters-- Deborah, Daniel and Timothy-- each leading their own lives but drawn to each other by loyalty to their faith. Deborah and Daniel are orthodox Jewish children of a Rabbi, and each of them were brought up for a specific purpose-- the p [...]

    19. Deborah & Daniel adalah anak dari seorang Rabbi besar Moses Luria.Deborah dibesarkan untuk menjadi seorang istri Rabbi yang baik, Daniel dibesarkan untuk menjadi Rabbi besar seperti ayahnya, seperti kakeknya dan seperti Luria-Luria lainnya.Tapi kenyataannya tidak seperti yang dipersiapkan oleh Moses Luria.Deborah tumbuh menjadi seorang wanita terpelajar yang tidak hanya ingin menjadi seorang istri, dia ingin menjadi seseorang.Dan Daniel tumbuh menjadi seorang calon Rabbi yang lama-kelamaan m [...]

    20. I originally read this book back in 1993, around the time it was first published. I remember at that time I could not put the book down and was very moved by the story. Twenty years later, it was still a fantastic story (more for the inside peek into the Catholic Church and also into the life of an Orthodox Jew). The story intertwines three lives: Danny and Deborah (children of a well-known Rabbi), and Tim Hogan (a neighborhood boy/hoodlum who turns into a priest--and of course carries a torch f [...]

    21. The novel is about 3 young people who grew up in New York, Deborah and Daniel who are children of a famous Rabbi, and Tim who's an orphaned Catholic. Daniel is under a lot of pressure to take over as the Rabbi after his father, whereas his sister Deborah would love to study Jewish law, but isn't allowed to because she's a girl. Tim is on the track for priesthood, but Deborah and he fall in love. They can't be together though, as she's Jewish and he's supposed to live in celibacy. I won't give mo [...]

    22. This book satisfies.I own first editions of all Segal's books, but the Kindle allows me to carry the entire armload. This novel explores the paradox of two religions serving the same God, but from wholly different perspectives. This is perhaps the author's best work, a rendering that is hauntingly beautiful and well-balanced. It is a multiple love story-- two men's love of their God, one Jewish, one Christian. Yet it is also a love story of a Jewish woman, who fervently loves her religion but as [...]

    23. a star-crossed-lovers story of a rabbi's daughter, and the irish catholic boy who is their gentile "slave" sort of it follows the rabbi's family, members of the UltraOrthodox sect of Judaism, and how the two oldest children, a son and daughter, come to terms with their faith, their feelings, and hypocrisy, and how a childhood love between the daughter and a neighborhood boy who grows up to become a priest spans many years seems kinda silly as i write this, but i've read it many times, and it alw [...]

    24. This is one of the most poorly written book I have read in a long time. It could have been written by a young reader in a creative writing class. This is fiction, not literary fiction. I was mostly interested in the story of Deborah. She had the most dimensions. Tim was a good person and humble, but he never truly interested me. It shows how the two religions have their own set of beliefs, moral compass and personal "demons." Although we have much in common, there are many things that set us ver [...]

    25. My uncle Ted left this behind on a visit, so I read it. Probably not something I would have sought out on my own, but it did turn out to be a decent read. This traces the lives of an Orthodox rabbi's son and daughter and their interactions with a Catholic priest. I found the story to be engaging, but the writing is pretty average. I haven't read anything else of Segal's, so I wonder if his other work is as mediocre despite the high profile of his stuff?

    26. Somehow missed this one by Erich Segal over the years but am so glad I came across it now. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love following friends saga over the years and this did not disappoint me. It was written in 1992 and still today, in 2013 the Catholic and Jewish faiths are struggling with the same issues in their respective religions. It would be wonderful to think that in less than another 20 years, some of these issues will be resolved.

    27. ''Timothy Hogan est un petit voyou irlandais des faubourgs de Brooklyn. Il deviendra archevêque.Daniel Luria, fils unique du légendaire rabbin de Silcz, se détournera des Textes sacrés.Il partira à la conquête de Wall Street. Déborah, sa soeur, écartée des études religieuses, amoureuse de Timothy, sera rabbinTrois existences hors du commun, trois destins contrariés, trois aventures échevelées et emblématiques.''

    28. 'Acts of Faith' is another great book from Erich Segal. I felt like I was watching a period movie, I learnt a lot about Jews and their customs through this book. Deborah became my favourite character, she really showed some guts and integrity. I felt that the story dipped to a painstakingly slow pace at times, but it managed to hold my interest. I'd recommend this book to all the romantic book lovers.

    29. This is one of my favorite books. I read it several years ago and again recently. It is a wonderful story about religious differences, but more importantly commonalities. Erich Segal was the son and grandson of Rabbis, he claimed it took him four years to write Acts of Faith, because it was the story most about his life. He found the intimacy it took to write the story, uncomfortable. The characters are wonderfully real and I love this story even more than his famous "Love Story."

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