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Preview — Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
"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 mini...more
For you see: Donald Miller is wearying. Endlessly self-amused and self-absorbed, he seems to want nothing so much as to be hip, cool, edgy (despite his own p ...more
Knowing that I struggle with my belief and that I'm not nearly as religious as him, but more spiritual, than say, the ave ...more
"It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like run ...more
So many friends had recommended it to me and when I started reading it, it was okay, but it didn't really grip my attention until the 3rd chapter.
The author tells a story about how Navy Seals go to rescue some prisoners of war. The hostages are so frightened that they don't believe the Seals are American and refuse to come with them. In order to help the hostages trust them, one of the Seals sets down his weapons, removes his helmet, softens his face, and c ...more
First, you can tell a lot about a book by the first chapter. This books first chapter was terrible. It was like a bad movie that jumped all over the place so much and so often that you come away seasick. There are times where you want to scream out "too much inform ...more
I think what drives me crazy is that everyone in my "Christian" generation leans towards these trendy, faddish books that finally tell them how they feel about god, when there are so ...more
It wasn't as earth-shattering as I expected/hoped it would be. Miller didn't really say anything new or revolutionary to me, but maybe it is to many other people. From my perspective, it is nice to know that there's at least one oth ...more
But this introspectio ...more
4 Stars: I enjoyed reading the author's struggle with being a Christian and what that is supposed to mean in a practical everyday sense. He verbalized feelings that are somewhat universal but rarely spoken. Things like, "Here are the things I didn't like about the churches I went to. First, I felt like people were trying to sell me Jesus....That rubbed me wrong...I wished they would just tell it to me straight rather than ...more
I believe the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time. This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious. If he can sink a man’s mind into habit, he will prevent ...more
Donald Miller's Most Frequently Discussed Topics:
1. The danger of being self-absorbed.
He makes a really good point about how truth shouldn't be defined by what's trendy. Then at every turn, he pats fundamentalism on its dorky little head, because can you believe those Christians who, like, memorize Scripture on a (*gag*) schedule? That's not authentic, man.
Fun game: eat a Skittle every time Miller mentions that he's smoking a pipe.
Pro t ...more
I believe there is a big disconnect between the central message of Christ and the socially ...more
I don't agree totally with all of his theology (but then again, whose theology do I agree totally with) but I liked the book. Miller is humble, very humorous, vulnerable and deeply committed to being a follower of Jesus, which is different that being a subscriber to Christianity, which Miller is not. He shares personal experiences on subjects many Christians ...more
Blue Like Jazz is an honest, humorous, poetic, train-of-thought perspective of God's work in Donald Miller's life. Don has a way of making me want to be different without telling me that I need to change. I not only appreciated his perspective, but have found that his method of writing is so disarming that it is helpful as a method of connecting with people.
God used this book to show me Christianity from a differ ...more
I found this book to be really absorbing, something I rarely say about nonfiction. Miller's thoughts have spiritual depth, and ...more
Donald Miller grew up in Houston, Texas. Leaving home at the age of twenty-one, he traveled across the country until he ran out of money in Portland, Oregon, where he lives today.
Harvest House Publishers released his first book, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, in 2000. Two years later, after havin ...more
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After that I liked jazz music.
Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.
I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened.”