book review: blue like jazz

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

August 8, 2007

There are a few books that I feel like have really shaped my faith, and affected my Christian walk. Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz is one of those books. As I read this book, which started out for me almost like a random assorment of cleaverly written essays, I found myself getting sucked into Miller’s world more and more. Along the way he challenged me to think differently about church. Not so much in a way that caused me to challenge my faith itself, but just how I express it. Then when the ending of the book smacked me in the face, I think that I finally got his point.

I’ve learned that my love for God will take me on an incredible journey, and that I cannot put the expression of my faith in a box. If you are wondering about what you think god wants you to do with your life, or stuggle with finding your identity in Him, then this is a book that you must read.

From the Publisher’s Note listed on…
“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.” 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.


63705: Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
By Donald Miller / Thomas Nelson       

Can you love a God who doesn’t make sense? Like Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies, Miller’s memoir-like collection of essays wrestles with the paradoxes of the Christian faith, describing his journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely gracious Savior. A mind-changing perspective for those who believe that organized religion doesn’t meet their spiritual needs.


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book review: blue like jazz

by Dan King time to read: 2 min