12/02/2014 03:35 pm ET Updated Feb 01, 2015

AJ Jacobs Tells Me How to Be More Like Jesus

For the next 14-18 months, I'm doing a sort of "Human Experiment" project in which I try to figure out what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st-century Western world.

To help me, I called on best-selling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Esquire Editor-at-Large AJ Jacobs to be my spiritual adviser.

In this conversation, he gives me advice for my project, and he shares a little bit about his current project, the Global Family Reunion. Check it out at

Want to follow along on this journey, and maybe even help out? Track my progress here on my blog with the category "My Jesus Project," or search "#MyJesusProject," or on facebook and twitter. Follow along, help keep me honest, and just maybe you'll learn a little bit more about what we mean when we talk about following Jesus in the process.