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Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, serves as campus ministry leader at Reed College. His writing voice is casual and somewhat eccentric, while his theories—largely derived from experience rather than extensive study—are at times brilliant, at times questionable and rarely supported by outside sources. The book covers a great deal of territory: Miller's walking away from God as a teenager and returning to his faith; the competitive nature of human relationships, painfully demonstrated through junior high memories; the meaning of morality and religion; the essence of true Christianity. But Miller's main theme is dissatisfaction with the way Christianity is taught and practiced. He says the religion ought not to be presented as a formula, its tenets broken down into bullet points to fit modern Western thought patterns. At its heart, Miller argues, Christianity is relationship. Interested people should be presented with biblical stories rather than steps to salvation. Miller also believes that many Christians behave correctly but their actions lack meaning: "The tough thing about Christian spirituality is, you have to mean things. You can't just go through the motions or act religious for the wrong reasons... this thing is a thing of the heart." However, Miller offers only faint suggestions to replace the formulaic or systematic approach to faith that he denounces.
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Donald Miller is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He helps leaders grow their businesses at www.storybrand.com. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.
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I have a new understanding that God loves me, Satan can't lie to me about that anymore because I won't tolerate it. This book let me, let God into the deep places of hurt.Published 2 months ago by SPineo
This is one of my top three favorite Donald Miller books, along with Blue Like Jazz and Scary Close. Definitely recommended.Published 3 months ago by Ryan
He write THE best book!! Read all of his books!!!! Very easy read. Very thought provoking.Published 6 months ago by Hebrews5_8
Beautifully written but geez when will Donald ever find what he is looking for!Published 8 months ago by Andrew Werley
A very approachable read. Excellent analogies and the really useful in communicating the faith. This is perhaps a Miller at his strongest to date.Published 9 months ago by Cory A. Pepiton