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.
"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." ?Donald 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.
Donald Miller has helped more than 3,000 businesses clarify their marketing messages so their companies grow. He's the CEO of StoryBrand, the cohost of the Building a StoryBrand Podcast, and the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their dogs, Lucy and June Carter.
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.
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