"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 ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.
For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture.
For anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real.
For anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion iná life.
Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
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.
Nothing like the movie
And that is a good thing! This book is heartfelt honest witty transparent journey one mans spiritual awakening in this post modern Christian world. Even if you are not a believer or dare I say it, hate Christians and what they seem to stand for, this book will open you eyes and blow the caricature of Christians away.
A pretentious view into the mind of Christian Holden Caulfield
I started reading this book so long ago. Then I decided to pick it back and finally finish it. Now I remember why I put it down to begin with. This book is a 150 plus page exercise in reading the ramblings of the Christian Holden Caulfield. A middle aged man rambling about phoney Christians and what makes them phoney. Along with what makes me him a better Christian or for that matter a better person then others. If you want a better message about the need for a Christian experience and faith. Watch the movie and don’t waste your time on this diary of a true phoney Christian and his mindless rambling. Reading “Catcher in The Rye” was a better experience and that book is straight garbage.
Amusing, But Off the Mark
Blue Like Jazz can be described as Donald Miller's nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality. He says it is for anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a post-modern culture, for anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real, and for anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life. Many would call it a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption. I read the 250+ pages of Blue Like Jazz rather quickly more than four years ago. I found the first 2/3rds of the book to be enjoyable, and then it started to slow down a little bit, but then the book finishes in a more entertaining manner. Miller is very witty, and his stories will probably make you laugh out loud at times. There is no denying that Donald Miller is a talented writer. Unfortunately he can be a little brash at times, but more importantly, some of his theology really misses the mark. Because of that, I don't see myself picking up one of his books again. I recommend reading Tim Challies Blue Like Jazz book review if you want specifics concerning some of Miller's unbiblical views.