Blue Like Jazz

  • by Donald Miller
  • Narrated by Donald Miller
  • 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself....I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened."
Donald Miller 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, 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Miller...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....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." (Publishers Weekly)

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Okay

Hmm....loved parts of it....had to suffer through some of it, but it is a book a you will talk about with your friends.

For instance, I told my friends that Miller comes across as Forrest Gump would on NPR....simple, yet profoundly observant...dorky, but cool...childlike, yet wise...heck, even the title mentions *Jazz*...

Okay, I've tipped my hand here. Frankly, the sophisticated cuteness of his writing detracted from the authenticity of his message. And, he was awfully judgmental of other believers he deemed uncool...some who deserve to be called out and others who don't..."safe" targets all, though.

While I would recommend this book to some, I did fatigue a bit on the whole "life from campus" perspective written by a 30-ish urbanite who sleeps in bunk beds, has roommates, and farts around Portland all day after waking at noon thing.

With that said, some of his insights are the best descriptions of faith and conversion I've ever read. He gets it.

I just hope he realizes that faith and politics really don't mix....yes, even progressive politics can become a stumbling block.
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- William

Searching for people like me

I have to laugh, here in this book is the solidification of my thoughts, views, and wonders. I am not alone. How do we follow a man and not a church? Here in this book are the definitions of my Faith in Christ and the Bible. Thank you Don! Of this praise I must detract one thing however....ABRIDGED!!????? Why oh why???
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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2007
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers