- “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller
- Christian Memoir
- Read as a paperback
- 4/5 stars
“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” ―Donald Miller
In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.
For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture.
For anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real.
For anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life.
Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
The first time I was handed this book was by a friend who used to identify as a Christian, but doesn’t any longer. He was going through his library, giving away a ton of books, and being one of his few friends who still follows Jesus. However, when I opened it up, I immediately saw notes from him and his wife as they had read the book. His wife is one of my really great bookish friends, so I was surprised. I’d never seen her write in a book.
In the end, I deemed the notes seemed too personal for me to really dive into, so I slowly slid the book back onto his bookshelf, with the intent to read it someday. This book found its way back into my life when I was perusing the Goodwill Books and I decided it was time to give it a try. It was 50% off day after all.
I am so thrilled that I got my own copy so I was able to experience the brilliance of this book. This book is essentially a loosely collected group of essays where Miller reflects on his life, and how Jesus plays a role into it. It didn’t feel heavy handed, it felt real, about Miller’s real struggles in life, and how it felt to be working through his faith at the same time.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that I feel like it isn’t heavy handed. I feel like I could hand this to my mom, who isn’t a follower of Jesus, and she could get a better grasp on what I believe and how I think. For me, Miller’s representation of Christianity was really refreshing and really hit home. I struggle with the idea of “religion” which invokes rules and regulations, when Jesus came he came to abolish rules and just live by love. To fight for the oppressed, to act and live out of love. I’m so thankful for getting my hands on this book, and I will hold it dear.
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