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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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About the Author
Donald Miller has helped more than 3,000 businesses clarify their marketing messages so their companies grow. He's the CEO of StoryBrand 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 chocolate lab, Lucy.
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Top Customer Reviews
He's a talented writer and master storyteller, but reaches at deep questions and themes, putting words to things many of us have wondered about. More importantly, he addresses those things every human being has a common ache and search for, in meaning, relationships, purpose, hope, and understanding...and he keeps you laughing the whole way.
No matter how you'd describe your faith or lack thereof, I think you'd enjoy this book. (From an unpaid reviewer, just a plain old fan;)
As with any book (particularly Christian books), there are a number of things (theological, social, philosophical, etc.) that I might disagree with or cringe at, but in this book they tend to be minor. Having read the first edition, I did not pick up on many revisions or updates (although I have not compared the two editions side by side) other than new introduction, short snippet on personality theory, and a (slightly distracting) "game" that involves the placement of random characters and bold letters throughout the book that can be "decoded" to win prizes. Overall, I'm not sure if the book needed to be expanded or updated (at least in these ways). Still, the book reads a bit like driving on a mountain road - even if the road might be windier than necessary and there may be a few wrong turns involved, the scenery is enjoyable and the drive worth it.
His main analogy through the whole book is a lifeboat. We as humanity are on a lifeboat, but I won't get into specifics. Miller takes us on the scenic route through this book, as with all his other books, to how he got to some spiritual truth. He is searching, and searching, but what he's being told, and given doesn't seem to fit in his God shaped hole in his heart.
I highly recommend this book, as with all of Don Miller's books. He has greatly influenced my perception of Christianity, and life in general.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. Providing me a free copy in no way guarantees a favorable review. The opinions expresses in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."