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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality [Paperback]

Donald Miller
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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (17 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785263705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785263708
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I ONCE LISTENED TO AN INDIAN ON TELEVISION say that God was in the wind and the water, and I wondered at how beautiful that was because it meant you could swim in Him or have Him brush your face in a breeze. Read the first page
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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 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's as if he is talking to you! 10 April 2014
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars lternative 30 Oct 2013
By Bonzo
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Miller is just a tonic for those who hate traditional fundamental evangelical Christianity. Alternative, real, challenging and a great read for anyone really searching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good! 6 Oct 2013
By Yemi O
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 15 Aug 2013
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I Loved the style, honesty and humour. A great and profound book. Looking forward to reading more from the author
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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
Published 10 months ago by SGeraghty
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant insight
i loved it, makes me want to learn to love the different qualities of people more with the love of christ
Published 16 months ago by Victoria Annemarie
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest down to earth reflection on all sorts of things
I thought this was a great and easy read. Miller is very honest about his walk with God and his struggle with all sorts of relationships the church, money, himself etc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by K Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, and then challenging
I'm probably a bit late coming to this, but because the film is about to come out I decided to read what all the fuss was all about. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by freedomrulesok
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful; Jazz!
Well, I have tried to read it fast but it is a useless aim. The book dictates its own speed as I/we are compelled to consider and reflect. Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Peter Colback
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, honest, deep, thoughtful book...
This is the one which made him a huge name now. It is a kind of stream of consciousness non-fiction book focusing on his life, upbringing, faith, loss of faith, return to God,... Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by Franz Kiffka
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused? You might be.
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. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by Jane E. Stewart
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This book is amazing. I read the first few lines and it blew me away.
Highly reccommended - I couldn't put it down.
Easy to read, simple but to the point. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by CMM
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