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Overview A minister who has been a frequent radio, TV, and college guest speaker recounts his zealous early life pursuit of the Christian life and his experiences of emptiness and spiritual detachment, tracing his quest to connect with a God he perceived as distant. Original.
"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 in life.
"Blue Like Jazz" is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
From Publishers Weekly 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.
(July 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 04/01/2012 page 80
Publishers Weekly - 06/16/2003 page 67
Christianity Today - 07/01/2003 page 66
Christian Retailing - 07/07/2003 page 44
CBA Retailers - 08/01/2003 page 34
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2003
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785263705 ISBN13 9780785263708 UPC 020049024874
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More About Donald Miller
In 2005, Donald Millerstarted The Mentoring Project, an organization that equips churches to run mentoring programs, pairing mentors with boys in need. Don s work with the fatherless led the Obama administration to invite him onto the president s Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He is a frequent speaker, appearing at events such as the Women of Faith Conference, the Democratic National Convention, and the Veritas Forum at Harvard University. He still lives in Portland, Oregon, with his dog, Lucy."