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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

This book may shake you up!

I am a conservative Christian living in the Bible Belt. Don Miller is basically a hippie living on the West Coast. At first his hippie style irritated me, but the more I read the more I realized he was actually a much better Christian than I am. Like Jesus, he goes o...
I am a conservative Christian living in the Bible Belt. Don Miller is basically a hippie living on the West Coast. At first his hippie style irritated me, but the more I read the more I realized he was actually a much better Christian than I am. Like Jesus, he goes out into the world and lives with people, loves them, and shares the gospel with them. His theology is sound. This book would appeal to a college student or young adult trying to find his or her way in the world. For an older person (like me) it's a little less comfortable to read, but perhaps even more valuable.

posted by 1407674 on May 30, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Okay, but not great.

When I first started to read this book, I really did not enjoy it. Miller¿s use of short and choppy sentences combined with his rapid idea changes made it hard to see the bigger picture. However, once I got used to his writing style, I realized that there was in...
When I first started to read this book, I really did not enjoy it. Miller¿s use of short and choppy sentences combined with his rapid idea changes made it hard to see the bigger picture. However, once I got used to his writing style, I realized that there was indeed a method to his madness. By writing Blue Like Jazz in this weird way, Miller was mixing background information, so we could get to know him, with his message, and using his personal experiences to tell the reader what Christianity is really about. He tries and succeeds at telling us that Christianity is an individual experience and a priest can¿t tell you how to be a perfect Christian no ore than I can. He is also telling us that it isn¿t about being perfect according to someone else, its about doing it in your own way, an individualized approach to Christianity. My only problem with this book was that I am not a religious person and, although he took an alternative approach to teaching Christianity, I find that I am not quite accepting of the ideals. It wasn¿t bad, but it wasn¿t great.

posted by Anonymous on May 14, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Stay Away from this Book

    Blue Like Jazz is apostasy, heresy, and flat out deceptive - at one point in the book, the author isn't sure whether smoking pot is moral this line of thinking clearly goes against the absolute Truth of the Gospel. Also, he presents a watered-down version of the Gospel that doesn't explain essential theology substitutionary atonement, the cross, salvation, and heaven and hell. This book is a form of apostasy that Jesus and Paul speak against throughout the New Testament. Read with discernment.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    ego centric

    This is not a book about ideas but a book about an authors personal experiences. The writer refers to himself about 30 times on every page. I wonder if the author could write or speak if he could not use personal pronouns.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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