Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

by Donald Miller
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Searching for God knows what, is a book giving new points of view on life and the religion. Written by Donald Miller, he talks about his starting point in Christianity and how he viewed the religion. This book like his past work has given a down to earth point of view on his thoughts about religion. He gives detailed examples of his experiences through his walk of faith. Making the reader feel as though what they are reading is insightful but yet he is not telling them what to do. This book gives a different point of view on Christianity compare to the way modern times have portrayed the belief. Miller focuses on his life stories and relates them to Christianity, in this book, he takes a thought of his and turns the viewpoint around on his own thought creating a different result. In this book it seems to take stories from the bible and make them relevant to today¿s society but still have it mean the same thing as when they were written. Through life experiences that he has had or stories that have been told to him he makes a bible story seem different. Not different as in a deeper meaning, but rather for example, a bible story today is taken a made a 123 advise talk. Miller takes a look at a story to find a different viewpoint of the story to the extent of it just being a story. These different view points presented seem to get the reader to view everything in a different manner. I like how Miller uses stories that have been taught sense childhood and stories Shake Spear has written and compares the two having similarities. On the other hand he seems to add a lot of excessive talk about a story before he actually gets to it. This at times makes the book feel lagging in interest. This book makes a person think about subjects, stories, and life experiences in completely different ways. If a person desires to get out of a dull moment in there life then this book is for them. If there is adventure in ones life, this book is still great for a sit down light literature. Millers work in Searching for God Knows What is a great for the beginner in a relationship with god or for those in the most deepest relationship with him. The book gives great new perspectives on the bible, religion, and life that can be practiced in everyday life. Miller has also written Blue Like Jazz, a great book talking about more stories about his life and also stories that he has heard all being compared to Christianity. My personal preference on Millers work is a great read for any person and I highly recommend all his works. For a rating of 1 to 10 Miller gets a 9 for this Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought Blue Like Jazz was an exceptional book, turns out it was a stepping stone to Searching for God Knows What. This is truly one of the most thought-provoking, inspiring books I've ever read. I belive Donald Miller will be regarded as one of this generation's greatest philosophers and, through his raw honesty and insight, one of its greatest evangelists. I am not who I was before reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Donald Miller delivers a sensational collection of essays full of heart and soul. This time, he not only reflects on what it means to truly be a Christian, but how to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus Himself. Miller sets out on a quest to tear down the walls of uninspired living, used by all sorts of Christians, by explaining that simply wearing the title of ¿Christian¿ is itself becoming an excuse¿and a sin¿for lackadaisical lifestyle standards. Not showing a particularly partisan side, Miller takes political agendas, war rhetoric, and cultural fear head on, knowing that having a relationship with Jesus is a real challenge and takes real effort. It is only by embracing this challenge sincerely, with enthusiasm, that one can truly come to know the Son of God. If you enjoyed this book, you might also take a liking to Miller's earlier hit 'Blue Like Jazz,' where he reinforces the values of the Christian way of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Donald Miller loves Jesus and expresses this so well in his writings!
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justmeWY More than 1 year ago
I'd like to begin by saying that I really WANTED to like this book. I really did. Unfortunately that was not the case. I can usually read a book in one sitting. It is rare that it takes longer than a couple of days for me to finish even a mediocre book. This one took months for me to complete. Every time I picked it up, I just could not force myself to read more than a chapter (if that). I didn't get his humor. The parts of the book where he tried to be funny didn't strike me as even mildly amusing - and I have a great sense of humor. :) I found it bizarre that he mentions attending a writing conference, yet didn't know the difference between fiction and non-fiction. What?!?! I could not, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone. It was almost painful to read.
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JediMonk More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone who takes their faith seriously. A new Christian will find inspiration and guidance in their new walk and a seasoned Christian will find themselves asking new and provocative questions about their faith!
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JessicaST More than 1 year ago
This book encourages you to examine your life and what it really means to be a Christian. He talks about how christianity should be a relationship and not a formula. A lot of people I follow on Twitter have read a couple of books by Donald Miller and have loved them. There was so much expectation when I ordered this book. I could not wait to read it when it arrived. I love reading Donald Miller's blog posts from time to time and there were high expectations. I was very disappointed. I had to force myself to read every page of this book. It was a fight until the end. I just could not "get" this book. I think if I was to listen to it and not read it, I might be able to understand it better. I have never read a book that was written the way Donald Miller writes. I am sure if I could get past the fact that it is very different, I might be able to enjoy it. I wish I could say I loved it. I really do, but I cannot honestly say I did. If a friend asked if I'd recommend it, I would probably suggest checking it out of the library before buying the book.
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Kassie17 More than 1 year ago
Searching for God Knows What, by Donald Miller, is a book focused on removing the formulas and the codes that society has put upon God and His word, and instead talks about how to read and listen and follow not using complex formulas, but doing so simply. Miller dives into the first books of Genesis, talking about how the Fall effected us, and questioning what it was really like to live in the times of Adam and Eve, before the Fall. This book has taken me a while to read, and it has made me think about Adam, Eve, and Creation in a totally different light. By taking away complex formulas that we often think we must use to crack the so called "code" of what the Bible is telling us, this book has helped me to read the Word for what it is... instruction from God. It has put into perspective that Bible stories are not only stories, but real events that happened to real people, whom we have descended from. Reading Miller's book always brings up new questions, and makes the reader truly think about who God is, and what His purpose is. It is a book that I would recommend to any reader. It is also a book that is easily read more than once, and keeps you coming back after the third read.
HBritz More than 1 year ago
I read "Searching for God Knows What"* shortly after it came out originally in 2004. I had finished "Blue Like Jazz" on the recommendation of a friend and was hungry for more of Don Miller's quirky insights that seemed to piece together the jumbled messages of Christianity for me in a comprehensible way. While I enjoyed reading his perspective, I was reading through the filter of my newly formed ideas of what it meant to be a Christian. The expanded edition of "Searching for God Knows What" allowed me to grasp his ideas and precepts a little more deeply than in my first reading. However, my take away was the same: God is who He says He is. The gospel is based on relationship not performance. To live an effective life as a Christian, we cannot hang around exclusively with other Christians; it's too insular. That being said, it is not just a book for people who follow Christ. It also offers a jumping off point to real discussion about faith or the lack thereof. I usually delve into a good book the way I enjoy a good steak- a piece at a time, savoring each bite and not rushing the experience. This pace allowed me to read a chapter and then digest it's meaning and roll around in my head what Miller communicated and contrast it with my understanding. It is not a quick read, but that's it's beauty. The ideas that are shared require the reader to really engage deeply with the words on the page. The writing both challenged me with it's depth and made me smile at the self-effacing humor tucked in among chapters that wove together circus elephants, lifeboats and Santa's hygiene habits seamlessly. In the afterword, Don Miller addresses concerns that the reader may feel that he did not delve deeply enough into the "holiness of Christ" or that he is somehow against the idea of organized religion. On the contrary, I felt that he addressed the idea of the differences between faith and religion as well as the idea that belief can be both logical and beautiful at the same time. To quote the author, " Being a Christian is more like falling in love than understanding a series of ideas." You might end up with more questions than you began the book with, but that may just be the gift of this story. * this book was provided at no cost to me through Book Sneeze for review purposes only.
AnthonyStephens More than 1 year ago
Searching For God Knows What is the first work that I've read by Donald Miller. I've seen some of his stuff before but never taken the time to sit down and read it all the way through. This book seeks to show that "relationship is God's way of leading us to redemption." Miller seeks to deal with an issue that in today's world many have just taken a formulaic view of God, and this is not good. I personally thought that this was a pretty good read. Miller does have a humor about him and can easily bring that out in his writing. Who doesn't want something that can make you chuckle every now and then? I will say that this book seemed to be a slow start for me. I appreciated the stories and all that were contained in the first few chapters, but it didn't seem to kick into gear until you almost got to the end. When it did kick in, Miller had some great things to say. One of my favorite quotes from the book was... "It would be most tragic for a person to know everything about God, but not God; to know all about the rules of spiritual marriage, but never walk the aisle." If you are looking for something that will entertain you and give you a few things to really think about and ponder, I would recommend checking out Searching For God Knows What.
khager23 More than 1 year ago
This is a revised, updated edition of the book. There's apparently also a lot you can do online (codes, anagrams, etc.) but I haven't done that--and probably won't; my brain doesn't seem to work that way. This book's thesis is that we all need a relationship with God but that, because of what happened in the Garden of Eden, we don't have one. That causes us to look elsewhere for affirmation (friends, colleagues, etc.). I'm not sure I agree with the idea that we all can only function if we have someone telling us we're worthwhile, but I know everyone likes to be liked, so I'm willing to go with it. Another main point is that everyone has their idea of who God is and who Jesus is, and that we're probably all wrong because we're trying to cast Him/Them in our terms and that, coincidentally, He/They completely agree with how we view the world. One thing that did strike me was (and this gets back to the idea that we seek elsewhere for affirmation) that he said that religion-baiting is actually Satan's work. For an example, he mentioned that he grew up Baptist and was always pretty smug around his Methodist friends because they had it wrong. Now, though, "It all sounds you innocent until you realize whatever evil thing it was that caused me to believe Baptists are better than Methodists is the same evil thing that has Jews killing Palstinians rather than talking to them, and for that matter, Palestinians killing Jews rather than engaging in an important conversation about land and history and peace." I do feel like a lot of the time, we define ourselves in terms of being better or worse than other people, and that bothers me. I think I preferred Blue Like Jazz, though.
TraciB More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for the spiritual equivalent of a cheeseburger and fries, Searching for God Knows What is not the book for you. Donald Miller is not offering fast food here; this is a seven-course banquet for the heart and mind. There's no milkshake mentality in these pages; this is filet mignon for the soul. Miller tackles some deep issues in Searching, issues that affect everyone in our society at a core level. His imagery is offbeat - there are references to aliens, reality television, sports, lifeboats, the circus, and Romeo and Juliet, among other things - but his writing style is engaging and keeps you reading even when the philosophical and theological content hits uncomfortably close to home. At its core, Searching is about our need for relationship and validation, and how those needs drive everything we do. The book is insightful and potentially life changing for those who are willing to consume it. So, if you decide to tackle it, be prepared to take a few bites and chew on them a while. It takes time to digest fare as rich as this, but if you're up to the challenge, you will find yourself full and satisfied in the end. Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive the books I review free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I am not required to write a positive review of any book. The opinions I express are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."