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

Good story telling.

 on January 4, 2018
By D. Casey
Not for everyone. Author has been accused of being “works based”.

Yes, you can have humor and great insight in one book!

 on November 14, 2017
By Doc the Coach
This book was a rare treat. I read the reviews first, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect until I actually received it, and I was pleasantly surprised. His humor is excellent, and the way he pokes fun at himself will make you smile quite a bit. The title makes it sound that he has in some way steered clear of religious discussion, but that’s not really the case. I’m a Christian, so that doesn’t bother me in the least, but I just throw that out there in case you are not and might resent one man’s reflection on his faith and what it looks like in action.

Great read

 on December 19, 2017
By Laila Younes
This is like taking a step into a man’s mind on Christian spirituality. It is good for those who became believers at a young age, but it is also good for those who haven’t ever had an experience with God before. Miller starts at zero and builds his way up from there. I only give 4 out of five stars because Miller’s writing is very simple. This is a good book for those who enjoy to see simplicity in thought and word. You don’t get lost in deep concepts or have to trudge through heavy words. The concepts are deep, yes. But Miller explains in a way that is simple enough for anyone to understand.

Great book

 on June 16, 2017
By mrs.h.smiles
His reluctance to religion is what makes this book a page turner. I love his exploration into his own faith and the conclusions he comes to are very similar to my own ideology. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Changed my way of thinking

 on May 4, 2014
By C
This book opened my eyes to how Christians are viewed by other-than-Christian people groups. It gave me insight to their thought processes in relation to how they have been treated by us. It further showed how little in the world is black and white but mostly gray. It caused me to look closer at Jesus and how He related to all people where they were emotionally, spiritually, physically. He loved them the way they were (just as He loved me) and caused change through relationship with Him instead of through guilt (that the Christian organization, GENERALLY speaking, has come to force on them).


One person found this helpful.
 on September 21, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This book is so real. It tells a true story of a young man whom God has chosen to let us into his heart of hearts as the Lord grows him into learning what being loved and giving love is all about. I really enjoyed theconversational manner in which this book was written. I chose 5 stars and will recommend this book to my family and friends.


One person found this helpful.
 on April 18, 2017
By Chele8
Excellent book. I can’t put it down!

Interesting Read….great for Youth Study

One person found this helpful.
 on April 12, 2016
By Jennifer Rasco DeChillo
This took me through a wave of emotions, where I hated the author’s perspective one page, then was completely on the same page the next. I think this speaks to how he shares the story of his faith walk over time, and how difficult certain seasons can be in life and faith.

Love it. The light that is shed on so …

One person found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2016
By picketts4
Wow. I did not expect the humor. Wow. Love it. The light that is shed on so many notions around Jesus and religion is both wise and relatable.

Friend recommended

 on May 30, 2016
By Karen
A friend recommended this book several years ago, and I almost forgot about it. Thankfully, when it was offered in E-book form, I remembered.

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