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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality Paperback – July 15, 2003
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The runaway New York Times bestseller that became a cornerstone of Christian nonfiction, Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve…Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way. I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened."
Donald Miller was raised in a strict Texas denomination where he was only vaguely familiar with a distant God. When he grew older, he ran all the way to the least-religious university in the US: Rice College in Portland, Oregon. Still, God pursued him. When he came to know Jesus, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. However, within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God.
In this intimate, non-judgmental, and soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey with and back to the infinitely loving God, helping you…
- discover how the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture;
- learn how to have a genuine encounter with a God who is real; and
- enjoy a renewed sense of passion for your life.
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About the Author
Donald Miller is the CEO of Business Made Simple, an online platform that teaches business professionals everything they need to know to grow a business and enhance their personal value on the open market. He is the host of the Business Made Simple podcast and is the author of several books, including the bestseller Building a StoryBrand. He lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Elizabeth.
- ASIN : 0785263705
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (July 15, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780785263708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785263708
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I personally "get" what he is saying in the book. I feel like it's very deep thinking. The book is written somewhat biographically, while it tells stories from the authors life. Each chapter contains profound moments in the spiritual journey. Both the falls and the triumphs. I really like it, but I wouldn't suggest it to everyone because everyone seems to "have an opinion" and feel like they should criticize everything.
This book isn't written to tell anyone how to practice their faith. It's simply a story about this mans faith journey. I really enjoyed it, and benefited from it.
FYI: the movie SUCKS!!!! And strays from the noble points of the book quite dramatically!
One passage that I'll always remember is that the author, Mr. Miller, had the idea to set up a "confession booth" at a particularly wanton campus event at a liberal Western college. Most of us would think that this would mean that he, Mr. Miller, would hear confessions like a priest, but he did the confessing to students who stopped by! He confessed being ashamed of times he has not lived up to Christ's name and times that Christians collectively have not (e.g., the Crusades). He confessed a callous attitude toward injustice and the poor. The results of this project were amazing!
Another book that I found serendipitously after reading this one is a fine companion book, "Faith Unraveled," by Rachel Held Evans. Again, I was reading excerpts to my husband at the dining room table, in the car, and in restaurants. I think that these two books might give us some hope of actual civil dialogue again in our country, an art that, at this writing, is sadly becoming more extinct by the day.
I confess I only made it to 75% (according to my Kindle), then I jumped to the last chapter hoping to find a resolution that would make finishing the last 25% worthwhile. Alas, it was just more rambling.
I gave this book two stars instead of one because some of the writing was pretty good. The first couple of chapters I enjoyed. But I wouldn't recommend wasting your money on this one.
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The book is a loose collection of thoughts and experiences of the author Don Miller as he lives life and works out where faith and Jesus and church and all that fits in. There were for me some real laugh out loud moments at his writing, his exchanges with people, some of the crazy things going on his head, as he moves from college, to camping under the stars, to church, to living with people and so forth. Funny stuff.
And then the last third of the book takes a turn and it became more challenging. Suddenly I could see a bit more of myself in the introverted 'the whole world revolves around me' scenario. It made for more uncomfortable reading, not because it wasn't any good, but precise;y because it was hitting th email on the head.
Recommended for a funny, but at times, challenging, read.