Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

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"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.

Product Details

  • Series: Blu like jazz, nonreligious thoughts on christian spirituality
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785263705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785263708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces

Customer Reviews

blue like what?

105 people found this helpful.
 on December 1, 2005
By Joe Sherry
“Blue Like Jazz” questions the very notion of what it means to be a Christian. Donald Miller writes about faith with a variety of topics on coming to faith, why to have faith, how Christ can transform, what to do with that faith and how to live a life as a Christian. Other than the last chapter of the book where Miller writes that if Ani Difranco wasn’t a lesbian he would marry her, what interested me most was how Miller’s perspective on being a Christian did not really come from a sense of organized Christianity as an institution. While he was a Christian and went to church and was even a youth group leader Donald Miller knew that there was something lacking. He believed in his head and he knows that Jesus was God, but he didn’t truly believe in his heart. He didn’t truly believe with his life. The organization of the church was telling him one thing, but it wasn’t quite right for him.

Thoughts upon BLJ after my 5th reading…

25 people found this helpful.
 on July 12, 2005
By C. Jussely
Blue Like Jazz isn’t the Bible. It isn’t another “self-help to make God love you more” Christian book like many on the shelves today.

The diary of a "born again" Woody Allen

239 people found this helpful.
 on February 26, 2005
By Michael Erisman
I really enjoyed this book. It is written in a conversational tone throughout, and the author is a genuinely likable guy. This book is autobiographical in that it depicts his journey through a phase of life, and his gradual awakening and acceptance of his faith within the larger context of the society he lives in, and the people with whom he interacts.

Enjoyable for non-Christians too

40 people found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2006
By Gen of North Coast Gardening
I grew up liberal, athiest, and scornful of mainstream religion, especially Christianity. Growing up in San Francisco, I didn’t meet many Christians, so I didn’t have a lot of chances to meet people who lived their faith in a genuine and loving way. As an adult, I have tried to read books and get to know people who might help give me a more balanced view of Christianity, and in this Donald Miller has been a huge help.

A Breath of Fresh Air

15 people found this helpful.
 on January 22, 2008
By Raymond H. Mullen
At 65 years old, I have always felt different about my relationship with Christ as opposed to my relationship with the ‘church.’ I was literally glued to this book and finished it in two days. Just because you may be disappointed in the church does not mean you are disappointed in God. When I first purchased this book I felt it was probably aimed at primarily young Christians. I sure was wrong. Read this and find out not only who you are but who Jesus is. Probably fundamentalists will not endorse this work, but for those of us that have ever doubted our faith, this is a must read.

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