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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality [Kindle Edition]

Donald Miller
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"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.

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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.


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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1364 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004UM3FTW
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (17 July 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785263705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785263708
  • ASIN: B007D6I3VW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Joanne
Bought in an US airport lounge as the speel in the Author's Note at the front caught my attention.

'I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside Bagdad Theatre in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for 15 minutes, and he never opened his eyes.
After that I liked jazz music.
Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.
I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened.'

Pretty American but not anything like stereotypical American Christianity. Seems like Generation X with faith. Probably most attractive to the 20's and 30's age group.

Doesn't seem at all pretentious, just a book by and about someone trying to grapple with their faith in God and how that matches or doesn't with what they grew up being taught.

Really easy to read and will definitely throw up some questions for anyone with a christian based belief system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Christian Woody Allen 3 Feb. 2007
By TreforW
Got to the end first time round and decided i just had to go back and highlight all the 'cool' things he says!He is like a Christian Woody Allen - all angst and introspection - but not just about girls, about most things in life, especially his Christian faith. Some seriously funny bits, so be warned. He is a new breed of Christian writers, like Rob Bell, who are sort of re-defining the Christian Faith for this generation. So much of what they say resonates with me. It is not so much that they deconstruct the previous Christian worldview, which is fairly obvious and easy for anyone to do. It is that they write from their own experiences and from their own hearts about why that worldview (or perhaps churchview) does not work for them. They then paint a picture of what the way of Jesus looks like to them.

Miller writes from the experiences of his friendships, and disarmingly passes on his friends wisdom, as if he hasn't got his own views. But he has, and they are 'beautiful' as he would say. Oh, and he doesn't want to talk about 'Christianity' anymore 'because what does that mean anyway?' he wants to talk about 'Christian Spirituality' - Whatever term he uses, let him, he does it so charmingly in a way you want to go with him, even if he is a bit 'flaky and all'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 28 July 2005
this is an amazing book. I loved every word and read it over and over, underlining parts I liked best or things that struck me, writing bits in my journal to think upon. It would be a book I'd lend a friend whom I'd been talking about Christ with. It's so approachable and down to earth and Don is not scared to share honestly, which I found really refreshing.
I think I want to read his other books now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy to read 14 Sept. 2010
An absolutely refreshing read of an American writer struggling with his faith. He tells the stories that have shaped what he believes, as well as bringing up all the problems in life that everyone can readily identify with.

Not only does it make you realise you are not alone in your doubts and temptations, it makes you want to be a more loving person. It's liberal, and slightly cheesy in parts, but also very clever, witty and honest, making the author very endearing. I'd highly recommend it to anyone that is a Christian looking to ignite their passion in their faith, or any non-Christians attempting to destroy stereotypes, and get a true perspective on why there are so many people that believe in God in this world.

A very easy read too...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confused? You might be. 25 Mar. 2010
I got through it this book in three days. It was recommended to me (I'm an atheist), by a Christian on an internet forum - I'm glad I took the time. Easy to read, difficult to put down. It's hard not to like Miller - indeed it's really difficult not to admire him in many ways. I'd like to thank this Christian friend for bringing it to my attention.

One little thing - what is "smoking pipes"? This is mentioned many times in the book. I was unclear whether Miller is a recreational drug user or a Golden Virginia man. Either way, that counts as a minor black mark.

Sam Harris is the foremost proponent of the hypothesis that religious "moderates", by providing a screen of respectability for their more "extremist" brethren, are equally culpable when these "extremists" perform hideous acts, for the reason that the acts are seen as an aberration, rather than for what they are. I am sympathetic to what Harris says, but Miller's book has caused to me think again somewhat.

When I think of Christians I think of Christian doctrine and where it leads us all. I see the writings of some fundamentalist Christians and conclude that, although those people in real life are likely as nice and ordinary as anyone one would wish to meet, their thought processes are dangerous to the extent that they have abandoned a rational outlook in favour of a predetermined conclusion. No doubt those people would say the same about me.

Miller rarely, if at all, even mentions Christian doctrine, at least at that level. He is critical of "fundamentalism", if only because, as he sees it, the regimentation of it all, but he is content to leave the fundamentalists to their own thought processes while following his own path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a joy to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real life
Excellent book, well written and thoughtful. Also timeless. A real life look at real life everyday Christianity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't try to be anything it's not
I loved this book because I found that I have so much in common with the author, he could have been me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's as if he is talking to you!
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
It's not a taxing read although can be a little depressing at times, but persevere and you will be rewarded!
Published 12 months ago by LadyJade
5.0 out of 5 stars lternative
Miller is just a tonic for those who hate traditional fundamental evangelical Christianity. Alternative, real, challenging and a great read for anyone really searching.
Published 17 months ago by Bonzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good!
Blue like Jazz reads almost effortlessly without loosing spiritual depth or attempting to shove personal doctrine. Great book both for Christians and non Christians. Loved it!
Published 18 months ago by Yemi O
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I Loved the style, honesty and humour. A great and profound book. Looking forward to reading more from the author
Published 20 months ago by Mrs L H Norcross
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Like Jazz
Harder to read than expected. But a good book overall, more something to dip in and out of really I suppose
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