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Overview In Searching for God Knows What, Donald Miller's provocative and funny new book, he shows readers that the greatest desire of every person is the desire for redemption. Every person is constantly seeking redemption (or at least the feeling of it) in his or her life, believing countless gospels that promise to fix the brokenness. Typically their pursuits include the desire for fulfilling relationships, successful careers, satisfying religious systems, status, and escape. Miller reveals how the inability to find redemption leads to chaotic relationships, self-hatred, the accumulation of meaningless material possessions, and a lack of inner peace. Readers will learn to identify in themselves and within others the universal desire for redemption. They will discover that the gospel of Jesus is the only way to find meaning in life and true redemption. Mature believers as well as seekers and new Christians will find themselves identifying with the narrative journey unfolded in the book, which is simply the pursuit of redemption.
Publishers Description In Searching for God Knows What, Donald Miller's provocative and funny book, he shows readers that the greatest desire of every person is the desire for redemption. Every person is constantly seeking redemption (or at least the feeling of it) in his or her life, believing countless gospels that promise to fix the brokenness. Typically their pursuits include the desire for fulfilling relationships, successful careers, satisfying religious systems, status, and escape. Miller reveals how the inability to find redemption leads to chaotic relationships, self-hatred, the accumulation of meaningless material possessions, and a lack of inner peace. Readers will learn to identify in themselves and within others the universal desire for redemption. They will discover that the gospel of Jesus is the only way to find meaning in life and true redemption. Mature believers as well as seekers and new Christians will find themselves identifying with the narrative journey unfolded in the book, which is simply the pursuit of redemption.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 13, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785263713 ISBN13 9780785263715
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More About Donald Miller
Donald Miller (born August 12, 1971) is a best-selling American author and public speaker based in Portland, Oregon who focuses on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, meaning, and the human struggle".
At 21, Miller left his home in Pearland, Texas and went to Portland, Oregon, where he put down roots as he had planned when he started his road trip a few months before. Miller's first book, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance (Harvest House Publishers 2000), chronicled the cross-country road trip he took at age 21. It was printed with little fanfare, but it was republished more successfully in 2005 as Through Painted Deserts. During this time, Miller was the editor of an online Christian magazine called roadsearching.com and the owner of a small Portland-based publishing company called Coffee House Books, which published home schooling textbooks. Miller became a New York Times Bestselling Author when he published Blue Like Jazz in 2003. In 2004, Miller released Searching For God Knows What, which explores how the life of Jesus illustrates the human personality. In 2006, he added another book, To Own A Dragon, which offered Miller's reflections on growing up without a father. This book reflected an interest already present in Miller's life, as he founded The Mentoring Project, a non-profit that partners with local churches to mentor fatherless young men. Don's next book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, was released in late 2009. Later that year, Miller began production of All Things Converge http://www.allthingsconverge.com/ —a series of DVDs for small groups that feature Miller interviewing prominent Christian writers and theologians. The first three DVDs in the series were released in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Miller also serves as the Founding Director of The Burnside Writers Collective, a group of spiritual writers who contribute to an online magazine.
Miller is recognized for his feelings that Christian faith should be a relationship, rather than a formula. He writes in Searching for God Knows What that too many Christians act like the Bible is a sort of math textbook, rather than a long story of God's involvement with people through friendships with Biblical figures like Adam, Abraham, and Moses. This emphasis on the Bible as a narrative has made his writings popular with many involved in the emerging church conversation. Miller does not consider himself a follower of the movement; he still recognizes the need of mankind to recognize its depravity so that it might better teach the concept of love.
On March 2, 2007, during an interview on the Relevant Magazine podcast, he revealed that he has been working on a screenplay with Steve Taylor.
Miller delivered the first night's closing prayer at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008.
Miller serves on President Barack Obama's Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families.
Reviews - What do customers think about Searching For God Knows What?
Amazing, heartfelt book Mar 20, 2007
Miller wrote this book with complete Divine intervention. It spoke to my heart and was written in an easy to read fashion. I went on spring break with my family and I could not put it down! I highly recommend this book.
A good, long talk... Mar 9, 2007
Here's what happened. I set out on a two-day road trip with Donald Miller and all I did before he started talking was to was ask him, "So how do YOU think a person becomes a Christian?" If that didn't happen, it's the way it seems.
He starts by making sure I understand that a person really doesn't "become" a Christian, but that we are always in process of "becoming" followers of Christ. Now he never really says that, in those words, but that's how it seems. By explaining that the Bible is not a how-to manual but a love story, Miller rejects formula salvation in favor of an ever-deepening, personal, and unique relationship with God. Miller describes a relationship not unlike a marriage, one that is to be nurtured and cherished.
After several coffee stops and a couple of sandwiches while driving and riding, some pauses to re-direct the conversation toward what Jesus is not, and a few questions as answers to questions, we rest in sleep for a while only to begin the same conversation again at breakfast. Isn't that the way this seems?
I don't know if Miller is in love with Jesus - I think he is - but I know he is in love with his relationship with Jesus, and that's almost the same thing. Or, at least it seems that way.
The best parts of Donald Miller are the acknowledgment of the continual search for the mysterious Lord that he can't "pin down" with a few descriptive words and the wacky sharing of the trip - even though he insists on doing the driving. That's the way it seems.
Great Book Mar 8, 2007
Another great book by Donald Miller. He brings us insight into the Christian faith and by the end of each chapter has you thinking about what you really believe in.
A Wonderful Book that provokes thought Mar 8, 2007
This was one of the best books I have read. This was a well written book by Donald Miller, whose writing in this book provoked thought about reading the bible, God and our relationship with him. His views on the bible and God are more unconventional, but very refreshing and in the back of the book he has an endnote about his beliefs the bible, as a kind of note to critics who may think his ideas about the bible and God are way out there. This was a brilliant read and he was often humorous at times, his writing reminded me of how Garrison Keillor writes, I think he even mentions in a footnote in teh back, that he read Garrison Keillor before writing the first chapter. His main point of the book is that it is a focus on the relation aspect of our faith in Jesus Christ and their is no formula for it. After liking his book so much I can't wait to read, Blue Like Jazz, which I have heard is a really great read. Even if you do not agree with his views, it will provoke thought and questions about your relationship with God to evaluate it in a different way perhaps. Defintely a book you should pick up and read!!!!
The Search Feb 28, 2007
How to communication and commune about life? Do we do it from a pre-modern superstitious perspective? Do we do if from a modern scientific perspective? Do we do it from a post-modern social-self-story-soul-search perspective?
Reading Donald Miller's "Searching for God Knows What" reminds me that we really can never escape our culture. Miller writes as one post-modern to another. Not a bad thing, especially when the author recognizes his own enculturation. But a bad thing, especially when the author assumes that his own enculturation is superior to those of the past.
Historically, humanity has searched for God superstitiously, scientifically, and now socially. Is today's "way" of narrative/story-driven spirituality superior to yesterday's way of synthesis/analysis purpose-driven spirituality?
Whether you agree or not with Miller's "way," one has to admit that he writes honestly, creatively, and compellingly. He's provocative. He does communicate to his fellow post-moderns. He's worth the read. But, for those of other "cultures," he will likely be maddeningly frustrating. He rambles. He digresses. He's messy. Like life--as perceived by post-moderns. He doesn't give you a final answer to your search.
How does one find redemption: the final longing of the human heart? Miller forces readers to ask the question. He says that he is not forcing them to accept his answer (no self-described emerging post-modern ever would consciously do so or at least admit to it). But it sure feels like his no-answer/story-answer is his bullet pointed final answer. Yes, we really can never get away from our culture . . .
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," "Martin Luther's Pastoral Counseling," "Biblical Psychology," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships."