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En 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 relev This book was recommended to me by MyFleshSingsOut who is a very religious goodreads friend He is a Jerry Falwell loving hardcore right wing conservative He believes the entire old testament word for word none of it is allegorical to MyFleshSingsOut He doesn't even believe in evolution You've probably run into him before He goes around this site trying to save souls Knowing that I struggle with my belief and that I'm not nearly as religious as him but spiritual than say the average goodreader he advised I give this book a shot And I'm pretty glad I did It's not a very deep or penetrating book If you're looking for the deeper uestions of science and the existence of God or musings on morality this is not the place to turn Donald Miller was no Dostoevsky nor was he as analytical as I would've liked I do not recommend this book for non Christians The tone is very informal He's just one of the guys talking to you He's young too like just turned thirty or something And it shows not only in his lack of probing depth but in his annoying need to be cool all the time He constantly goes out of his way to show that he's not like other Christians because you see he's been there and done that He drives a motorcycle and has hung with hippies and he hates Pat Buchanan He even drinks and goes to parties You see he's cool And if you forget how cool he is don't worry because he'll remind you time and again Yet there are some advantages to Miller's frank informal narration He's brutally honest about his shortcomings he's entertaining his prose makes for easy reading and he does have heart His message is a positive one focus on love and Jesus not doctrine and religiosity And really his childlike look at things is refreshing at times he comes up with some touching insights; the kind that seem simple and obvious but tend to get lost or go unnoticed in everyday lifeSo while I rolled my eyes a number of times I did appreciate this uick and easy read for both its entertainment value and its ability to remind me why I'm a person of faith Thanks for the recommendation MyFleshSingsOut I liked this book

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Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian SpiritualityAnt infinitely loving GodFor anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern cultureFor anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is realFor anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in  life Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life love and redemptio Instead of critiuing perhaps let me just share a few of what I found to be some of the most powerful powerful because they are written so simply and so simple in their truth lines that provide a glimpse of Miller's style the beauty of this book and the beauty of Christian spirituality It is always the simple things that change our lives And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so You feel like running but life is on a stroll This is how God does thingsAnd so I have come to understand that strength inner strength comes from receving love as much as it comes from giving it I think apart from the idea that I am a sinner and God forgives me this is the greatest lesson I have ever learned When you get it it changes youGod's love will never change us if we don't accept itI think the most important thing that happens within Christian spirituality is when a person falls in love with Jesus and the uote that hit me personally the mostI think the difference in my life came when I realized after reading those Gospels that Jesus didn't love me out of principle He didn't just love me because it was the right thing to do Rather there was something inside me that caused HIm to love me

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Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality Ebook ¿ 243 pages Download à Librarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0785263705 hereI 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 aLibrarian's note See alternate cover edition of ISBN 0785263705 hereI 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 MillerIn Donald Miller's early years he was vaguely familiar with a distant God But wh I wish that reviewers on this site would review books for what they are meant to be and not insist that they be something else Blue Like Jazz is not meant to be a deep theological treatise If you thought it was supposed to be then of course it doesn't compare to Augustine or CS Lewis Miller's book is instead meant as a memoir of one man's walk with God his struggles along the way and what he's learned from them I enjoyed this read a lot because I related to many of his struggles While I understand those who complain he placed too much emphasis on feelings I think for me it was actually a good reminder that Christianity is about than just head knowledge Having grown up in a church that is heavy on doctrine and probably somewhat mistrustful of feelings Miller's book reminded me of the command we see in Matthew 2237 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind Yes Jesus does say to love him with all your mind Yes I think it's great for people to read theological classics But I hope that along the way we don't forget that Jesus does say to love him with all your heart The heart is the seat of our emotions and it's also where we keep the things dearest to us I think it's important for Christians to cultivate that sense of the awe and grandeur of God and also to cultivate a deep and affectionate love for Christ If we don't have those things how will our lives reflect the love that Christ has shown for us? One of the saddest things for me is to see people who continue to outwardly live good lives but who have lost their passion for the things of God I know we all go through dry seasons where sometimes all we can do is put one foot in front of the other and I have sympathy for that but I hope that's not the place we stay I think we ought to be striving to maintain closeness to God as much as we can and do our utmost to keep Him in the center of our hearts souls and minds