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Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

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16 out of 16 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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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Hee Jae Y. The book, Blue Like Jazz is a story about Don Miller

    Hee Jae Y.

    The book, Blue Like Jazz is a story about Don Millers' journey of cutting away the distance that he felt with God. Don Miller talks about his thoughts, as well as his experiences as he attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Even as Don Miller zealously followed Christianity, he found that as time passed, he ultimately felt empty and disconnected with God and Jesus. He embarks on a journey to find his way towards understanding both Christianity and God.
    I believe that the book was not very interesting. It also really confused me when he tried to find the solution by helping and giving to others. Although this is a truly great deed, and it is a form of love, the core of Christianity, it makes no sense for me that he went from doubting his belief in Jesus to giving and helping others. It just seemed like a very illogical jump to me. Although helping charities and giving to the poor are good acts of love, I don't feel that these acts are what grounds and founds faith. The one thing I did like however, was the casual way he wrote the book. When he 'spoke' through the book, it was a lot more relatable and less formal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    rambling aimless writing with no point......

    Ok folks.... I was asked to read this by someone and I honestly don't see any theme other than a random collection of ideas loosely bound together like a book with thoughts of Christianity. Being a musician, I do not see any connections in the stories and Jazz music. I would have better spent my time reading other books. Sorry I have to tell folks to pass it up. The first 10 pages go like the rest of the book. Disjointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Couldn't Dig it

    I can see where this book would be great for Non-Christians or maybe babes in Christ. But if you are already saved I would highly recommend staying away from this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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