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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality Details

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.Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more About the Author Donald Miller has helped more than 3,000 businesses clarify their marketing messages so their companies grow. He's the CEO of StoryBrand, the cohost of the Building a StoryBrand Podcast, and the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their dogs, Lucy and June Carter.     Read more

Reviews

Not for everyone. Author has been accused of being "works based".I personally "get" what he is saying in the book. I feel like it's very deep thinking. The book is written somewhat biographically, while it tells stories from the authors life. Each chapter contains profound moments in the spiritual journey. Both the falls and the triumphs. I really like it, but I wouldn't suggest it to everyone because everyone seems to "have an opinion" and feel like they should criticize everything.This book isn't written to tell anyone how to practice their faith. It's simply a story about this mans faith journey. I really enjoyed it, and benefited from it.FYI: the movie SUCKS!!!! And strays from the noble points of the book quite dramatically!