Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality  -     By: Donald Miller
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Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

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Can you love a God who doesn't make sense? Like Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies, Miller's memoir-like collection of essays wrestles with the paradoxes of the Christian faith, describing his journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely gracious Savior. A mind-changing perspective for those who believe that organized religion doesn't meet their spiritual needs.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.43 (inches)
ISBN: 0785263705
ISBN-13: 9780785263708
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Publisher's Description

"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened." ⷕDonald Miller

In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. 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, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.

For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture.

For anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real.

For anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in  life.

Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.

Author Bio

Donald Miller is a speaker, founder of The Mentoring Project, and author of A Million Miles in a Thousand YearsBlue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What, Through Painted Deserts, and Father Fiction. He lives in Nashvlle, TN.

Publisher's Weekly

Miller (Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance) is a young writer, speaker and campus ministry leader. An earnest evangelical who nearly lost his faith, he went on a spiritual journey, found some progressive politics and most importantly, discovered Jesus' relevance for everyday life. This book, in its own elliptical way, tells the tale of that journey. But the narrative is episodic rather than linear, Miller's style evocative rather than rational and his analysis personally revealing rather than profoundly insightful. As such, it offers a postmodern riff on the classic evangelical presentation of the Gospel, complete with a concluding call to commitment. Written as a series of short essays on vaguely theological topics (faith, grace, belief, confession, church), and disguised theological topics (magic, romance, shifts, money), it is at times plodding or simplistic (how to go to church and not get angry? "pray... and go to the church God shows you"), and sometimes falls into merely self-indulgent musing. But more often Miller is enjoyably clever, and his story is telling and beautiful, even poignant. (The story of the reverse confession booth is worth the price of the book.) The title is meant to be evocative, and the subtitle-"Non-Religious" thoughts about "Christian Spirituality"-indicates Miller's distrust of the institutional church and his desire to appeal to those experimenting with other flavors of spirituality. (July 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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  1. The BookReader
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 18-24
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 9, 2013
    The BookReader
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Blue like Jazz both informs and challenges its reader to identify flaws in their faith. This is done through strait forward analysis of Christian actions, including both flaws and strengths. Donald Miller eloquently describes Christianity through many personal stories. These stories help to logically inform the reader what it truly means to be a Christian, how there are fake believers, and addresses stereotypes placed on Christians. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is a skeptical believer, or who wants advice with how to deal with situations that are extremely challenging to faith.

    Miller allows the reader to come up with his or her own opinion on the topic he proposes. This is extremely powerful in that it forces the reader to think. Donald Miller's book Blue Like Jazz demonstrates the sincerity that is necessary in faith through personal stories and should be read by anyone who is searching for inspiration.
  2. Bethel University Student
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This product is engaging
    May 13, 2013
    Bethel University Student
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Donald Miller a young writer who earlier in his life was beginning to lose his faith. He went on a journey that shaped his faith. He discovered changing politics, met inspiring people, and most importantly found Jesus. Miller tells of his struggles that many Christians can relate to. Through his thought-provoking encounters and experiences, he squeezes in humor to help communicate difficult matters and reduce tension. Though the writing is written brilliantly, the topics that are touched upon are broad. Topics such as church, faith, grace, has so many ways that can be described, it's difficult to explain it just through experiences. Miller tries to find himself in God through his understanding of these terms, but hard to do so without bringing in some theological discussion. Miller often brings up his view on the church. His views of church are very real and almost critical. Some Christians feel misrepresented. Miller's perspective on some of his topics still seems unclear. It's as if he still can't conclude what Church really is. The book does a great job on emphasizing how faith relates to Jazz. This is the first Donald Miller book I have read. Though there are some downfalls, I love his boldness and his honest opinions on Christianity.
  3. MaureenR
    Sunrise, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 10, 2012
    MaureenR
    Sunrise, FL
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Very candid and relative to our society's views on Christianity. I enjoyed it very much.
  4. mojo
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 25, 2012
    mojo
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    Gender: male
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    I don't know that I have ever read a book like Blue Like Jazz before. Author Donald Miller is a best-selling American author and public speaker based out of Portland, Oregon who focuses on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, meaning, and the human struggle." He is also the author of Searching for God Knows What and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

    Miller writes, "There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by a God who knows what He is doing. They hang there, the stars, like notes on a page of music, free-form verse, silent mysteries swirling in the blue like jazz. And as I lay there, it occurred to me that God is up there somewhere. Of course, I had always known He was, but this time I felt it, I realized it, the way a person realizes they are hungry or thirsty. The knowledge of God seeped out of my brain and into my heart. I imagined Him looking down on this earth, half angry because His beloved mankind had cheated on Him, had committed adultery, and yet hopelessly in love with her, drunk with love for her."

    Blue Like Jazz is the coming of age story of the author as he struggles with his own ideas of religion and the new world he encounters away at Reed College. This isn't your parents "Inspirational Christian Reading" book either, this is a visceral piece full of honesty and truth. Blue Like Jazz is easily one of the best Christian experience books I have ever read. Donald Miller is an extremely talented writer. Blue Like Jazz will make you laugh out loud at the same time it will ask you tough questions.

    Read with caution! Highly recommended.
  5. Eric Smith
    Rochester, NY
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    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging in spots, but full of apostate musings
    August 13, 2011
    Eric Smith
    Rochester, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I borrowed this book to check it out because I saw Donald Miller on Youtube and thought many of his thoughts were emergent/social justice "christianity" and after reading some of the book, I couldn't finish or desire to finish it because my thoughts were correct. I did skim through the chapters because this book is full of musings about different subjects. To Miller's credit, he is a decent writer and has an engaging style, but his book will not help or strengthen believer's to know God better or point them to scripture. This is a very new age feeling book, making God a mystical hip way of discovering yourself. Miller uses no scripture, yet mentions it in a off way; his experiences from God come more from the unsaved than the Christian fellowship or the church because he seems to have distaste for any traditional church. In fact, the only "believers" he bonds with are those that fit his mold and go along with his program. This is one of many dangerous progressive books that turn a sanctified walk with Christ into something frivilous and self-indulgant. Ask yourself after reading this book, does Miller's attitude and reflections truly resemble the Biblical model of sanctification? Just professing to know Christ and mentioning terms like sin and repentance mean nothing when the actions in this book don't reflect it. Apologizing for us Christians, helping others, and musing on the awesome nature of God seems deep and meaningful, but it means nothing when you have one foot in the world, clamorizing movies, music, and culture that Jesus died on the cross to redeem us from. If this is an example of being conformed into the image of Christ, I'll take the Bible any day, because Miller's life and inward observations really gives no glory to God, but himself. I would not recommend this book and I pray believers will have enough discernment not to pass this on as a teaching or discipling tool.
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