Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Offering a fresh and original perspective on life, love and redemption, Donald Miller’s ‘Blue Like Jazz’ is an engaging book for anyone seeking an encounter with God and for those who are yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life. Recommended for non-believers and seekers. 

Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality is the insightful spiritual journey of Donald Miller throughout different stages of his life. In this book, Miller shares his personal reflections about the nature of God and Jesus, and the need and responsibility for an authentic personal response to that understanding. Miller’s journey starts when he became a born-again Christian and it continues through doubts and exploration and how he recovered his faith. Much of the story centers on Miller’s experiences with friends and fellow students while studying at Reed College. As such, Blue Like Jazz offers a postmodern riff on the classic evangelical presentation of the Gospel, complete with a concluding call to commitment. Good resource for seekers who are looking for answers and truth while an excellent read for anyone searching for God. 

One reservation about this book. Blue Like Jazz shows how one young intellectual (Donald Miller) find his own path in Christianity and it proclaims the relevance of Jesus Christ in today’s postmodern culture. This book benefits some seekers and this reflects to the list of reviews below. However, we strongly advise believers who plan to share this book to your non-believing relatives and/or friends to  supply other Biblically-based resources afterwards due to some criticisms that Donald Miller used some poor theology in this book.

  • “I grew up liberal, atheist, and scornful of mainstream religion, especially Christianity. Growing up, 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!” – Gen, Amazon Review
  • “This book is changing my life. If I could, I would give it 20 stars. It is not a book about theology. But it is a great book about falling in love with God.” – K. Bumpus, Goodreads
  • “As someone who has grown up in a religious environment and walked away from it all at one point, this book really opened my eyes to a new and refreshing perspective of Christianity and more importantly Jesus.”  – Michael, Amazon Review
  • “I first read “Blue Like Jazz” at a very young age. I was around ten years old at the time, and, although I was not able to understand many of the references that Donald Miller made, my interest was still held by the honest personal stories he used to weave the story of his personal journey of faith together. Since my first experience with the book, I have read it a couple more times and it has not only continued to hold my interest, but it has also helped me come to a greater understanding of God. Anyone looking for a new perspective on Christians and God should at least give the book a try; it is worth the read.” – Anonymous, Amazon Review
  • “In my experience this book was a good way to start spiritual conversations with friends who would read this and not other more direct “Believe in Jesus” type of books. Mr. Miller does a good job in a book that is “seeker sensitive. Well written and entertaining.” – Gale, Amazon Review
  • “God used this book to show me Christianity from a different vantage point–truly helpful.” – Seph, Goodreads
ISBN 0785263705, 256 pages, Publisher – Thomas Nelson

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