Customer Reviews for

Jazz Notes

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted May 3, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Life and Faith as Music

    This is a specialty book, a little bigger than picket size, hardback, a good gift format, which is so popular right now. Miller here provides some personal reflections and background on the personal experiences and concepts presented in his earlier book Blue Like Jazz.

    Miller is a refreshingly honest and personal writer. He has a self-deprecating style that will have you bursting out in laughter at some unexpected comment! He can portray his own inner struggle in a way you will identify with!

    You can go through the experiences with him, and as he opens up his thinking process, you can think through the challenges and concepts that he was experiencing. Miller shares his safari of moral and spiritual questing and clarifying. He was a member of a church, but uncertain, and found some questions not being dealt with. He proceeded to learn form the world at large and reference that to his Christian background.

    He found the figure and teachings of Jesus a continuing solid focus, which continued as a core of values and moral reference. His writing here is hilarious as he shares some of the unusual experiences he and some friends go through. He chose to go to a college known for its radical, antichristian attitude.

    He wanted to explore the philosophical context and learn what was motivating some of these students. In this context, he continues to ask whether being a Christian makes sense on that campus or in this modern world. He and some friends take some radical approaches to implement the teachings of Jesus, as opposed to the standard church ideas of how to be a Christian.

    For instance, he and his small group of Christian friends decided on a special activity for Renaissance Weekend. They decided to set up a confession booth, address as monks, and take confessions. Only this was reverse confession.

    They decided they would confess, as Christians, for all the current failures and historical sins of Christians in their society and through history. They approached this with trepidation, not really sure what this would entail or exactly how they would go about it. After they began the activity, it so surprised the first person that he went around telling everyone else and it brought about a reconciliation on the campus.

    This puzzling, novel approach the young Christians took facilitated bridging a social gap and clarifying some misconceptions about Christians and the Christian message. Miller and his friends tried to bypass the old negative churchy conceptions by focusing on Jesus and the way they were trying to follow him.

    Miller shares this and many more experiences in Blue Like Jazz. In Notes, he provides some more personal reflections on the background of the events and how the process of trying to be like Jesus has gone for him.

    This is poignant and hilarious. You can enjoy it whatever your intellectual point of view!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1