mobi Ì doc Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality 9780785263708

mobi Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

mobi Ì doc Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality 9780785263708 ✓ 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 anyLibrarian'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 thought of several different ways in which to begin this review several witty comparisons that would surely catch the reader's attention But that was a month and a half ago See I started reading Blue Like Jazz on the 20th of July and it is now the 4th of October I have four pages left and I'm not sure I have the strength to continueFor you see Donald Miller is wearying Endlessly self amused and self absorbed he seems to want nothing so much as to be hip cool edgy despite his own protests that hip edgy and cool are vanities and wastes of time and energy And if four years of highschool taught me anything it is that everyone with a heart is thoroughly and deeply embarrassed when the Very Not Cool Guy walks in and tries to be cool Think The Offspring's Pretty Fly for a White GuyThe thing is Christianity cannot be cool There is no reason non believers should see Christianity as anything even on the same plane as Cool Christianity says and believes terrifying things about the non believer Forget the homosexuals a minute Christianity says that the friendly tax paying socially active community leading paragon of virtue who doesn't bow the knee to Christ is horribly sinful and an actual enemy of God No matter how kind and cool they are For Christianity to become cool it has to stop having anything to do with Christ and his message Maybe Donald Miller wants that It kinda seems like it but who can say since he's not that great at expressing anything beyond his own meandering and fleeting feelings on mattersAbout two thirds into the book a friend who won't receive and identity via nickname such as Tony the Beat Poet or Andrew the Protester ask me what kind of a book it was I had a hard time describing it at first Then I realized OMG I'm reading a blog on paper LOLZ KBAI Really Miller's book is nothing than a glorified blog in its meandering promise to get to a point that never comes In reality Miller would make a much better blogger than he does a writer Unfortunately even as a blogger he would only be so good because despite moments of value and bits that come close to insight his style is heavy handed and obvious for too much of the book's 240 pages I know only 240 pages and it's taken me almost two and a half months I think his would probably sit in the Occasional Reads section of my blogroll checked only so often for fodder for my own blog postings—and only out of some sense of duty because he linked to me firstOne good but obvious point Miller makes throughout the book is that the human expression of Christianity in the contemporary American church is lacking at best gravely flawed at worst but most likely somewhere in between This is clearly true But also clearly known to probably most of us And the real problems are not often the ones that Miller is pointing out he seems freuently upset at how little the church fits in with a world filled with lovely sinners Yet still there is value in his critiueBut not much Again Miller shows himself to be like too many bloggers; and like too many bloggers he has much criticism and too few answers If he were a blogger this might be acceptable; after all the only cost associated with reading a blog is time and perhaps mental health A book however is paid in currency There is real loss if a book does not measure up to its published value and Blue Like Jazz does not I hate to say that because there are a few amusing stories and I get the feeling the book wants to be useful but it just isn't

Donald Miller Ä Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality pdf

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 The problem with Miller Bell and this whole Gen Xemerging churchpostmodern church movement is that they want to be so much smarter than they are Truthfully this book is spiritually shallow and leaves me thinking yeah but so what? I have already wrestled with a lot of the issues raised by Donald Miller and found myself wanting him to say I believe I finally put my finger on the issue Jesus told the Samaritan woman that one day we would worship in Spirit and in Truth Miller has found the Spirit but is low on Truth His book does not challenge me because it is nothing than the ramblings of an idealist The difference between CS Lewis and Miller is the challenge Lewis really does challenge me to think harder about my Christianity Miller makes me feel like we should all sit around and pontificate while smoking pipes Sounds like fun but what's the point? I like that That's how I would describe Blue Like Jazz Sounds like fun but what's the point?

pdf ✓ Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality Ä Donald Miller

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 Great book I really like Miller as an author I loved the scene at the Reed College baccanal where Miller and his Christian friends offered the reverse confessional brilliant Even for the non religious this book may restore a little faith in humanityIf you find that your faith is somewhat unconventional this may be a good book for you