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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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Donald Miller is a writer, campus ministry leader, and speaker. He is the author of Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, a road-trip narrative about a spiritual quest. His writing has appeared in periodicals such as New Man Magazine, Youthwalk, Believe Magazine, and Faith M.D. Miller is active in a small, but resilient and growing campus ministry at Reed College, which has the distinction of being ranked one of the most intellectual colleges and one of the most godless colleges in the country.See all Editorial Reviews
This book resonated with me and I really enjoyed reading it.Published 3 days ago by Cheryl Schlagheck
Fantastic book for anyone exploring the tough realities of a skeptical Christian.Published 10 days ago by Nathanael Wydner
Beautifully written. I have re-read its book 5-6 times over the last 5 years. I keep it handy for sections I have highlighted.Published 19 days ago by Lonna Emerson
Extremely thought provoking read for those who believe Jesus is real and those who don't. Miller has a way of making the reader fall in love with his words.Published 23 days ago by Mollie
I don't like jazz - but I do like non-religious thoughts on Christian spirituality.
As a Christian, I struggle with some of life's questions and I struggle severely with... Read more
MY favorite book! I love Donald miller and this book is him as raw and real as can be. I really think he's authentic and honest and I love how he opens up about personal events in... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Michelle
Really great book! Donald gives you real life scenarios and makes you feel like you were there. I laughed out loud so many times!Published 29 days ago by Nathan Schwinnen