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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality Paperback – July 15, 2003
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
There are several very interesting chapters dealing different aspects of faith that focus on Miller's time at Reed College. Reed is a college that people at his church and other believers declared was extremely immoral and that the college was voted "most likely to not believe in God". That much is true, but it was also a strong intellectual school. When Miller started attending, he met up with some Christians at the school who were essentially an "Underground" group of believers. They talked seriously of what it meant to believe and live for Christ and it was a transformative kind of living, more than just attending church on Sunday it was living as a follower on Monday and Tuesday and every other day.Read more ›
I have to say right at the start that I like the format of the book. _Blue Like Jazz_ is an essay-style work, each chapter more or less standing on its own. Yet they all tie into the central theme of "nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality," as the subtitle suggests. For these reasons, the book reminds me (ever so slightly) of some of C.S. Lewis' books (e.g. _The Weight of Glory_), which carry a similar format and also deal with Christian spirituality at a grass roots level, sans copious amounts of theological jargon.
I enjoy the way Miller writes. Not only is he readable, Miller often finds the perfect image when describing an event. As one example, he says, "Cusswords are pure ecstasy when you are twelve, buzzing in the mouth like a battery on the tongue." (p. 5) Doesn't that capture the experience perfectly?! And listen to this one: "I am something of a recluse by nature. I am that cordless screwdriver that has to charge for twenty hours to earn ten minutes use." (p. 152) I love it!
For me, Miller is someone with whom I resonate. Being a single guy and living with roommates, I can relate to many of the issues Miller raises (often laced with humor), which are associated with this particular lifestyle. Many times I find myself saying, "I've been there."
Overall, I find _Blue Like Jazz_ to be a fun read, with thought-provoking turns along the way. Miller's self-deprecating manner is effective at these junctures.Read more ›
So, because I trusted on both sides, I felt like I could come with no preconceived notions. It was like I heard each debater by themselves but couldn't make a decision until I heard them both at the same time. So, the only way to do this was to read the book. What kind of irritates me is that I landed right in the middle. I can see why people love the book, but I can also see why people hate the book. There are some great discussions in the book but some very bad views on some theology that I feel could hurt those not driven by the word of God for discernment.
Donald Miller is a writer and a poet first, you can see that from the title of the book and in the opening pages. I like poetry when I am reading a poem but find poetry to be distracting when I am trying to read a book. What Mr. Miller does in this writing, in my estimation (although I am no expert) is try and use his poetry skills too much at times as one navigates through his story of redemption. It just isn't for me, that is, his way of writing. But I can get through that, not enough for me to put it down.
The book is really Donald Miller's testimony. It is his writings of how he came to know Christ and how he has grown in Christ, for this it is hard to say, "it is good" or "it is bad." At times, Mr. Miller seems to be scattered in thought and goes from one topic to another without leading the reader to where he is going.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quirky but enjoyable. Rambling but hits home on great points. Speaks like a person. The real kind. Three more words are required. And I wrote eight.Published 5 days ago by braonm
I enjoyed following all his quirky thoughts and seeing his unfiltered humanness spilled out on every page. So real. Just delightful! And his take on the church today? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Penn Name
Starts out pretty slow buts gets better about half way through the book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I like how much he covers in tangents, and then always brings it back to - or out of - the point he is trying to make. . . Read morePublished 1 month ago by stephanie moore
As a Christian myself, I found this perspective refreshing. It matched my experiences so much better than those perfect stories I've heard so many times over the years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan Perryman
Went on a Donald Miller binge and is worth a read. Read through the dark parts, worth it.Published 1 month ago by Maxfir
Whether on a grand scale or minute details all of Miller's books have changed me, and this was the first one I read many years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nathan Stambaugh
LOVE this book. Easy to read and very inspirational. Can't wait to read it again.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer