Great book - couldn't stop listening to it. Have listened to it 3x over 2 years. A truly great history book in that it teaches not just about the past but about present day conflicts as well.
Exciting storyline and excellent narration really brings this book to life. I could listen to Simon Vance read the phone book. :)
Hmm....loved parts of it....had to suffer through some of it, but it is a book a you will talk about with your friends.
For instance, I told my friends that Miller comes across as Forrest Gump would on NPR....simple, yet profoundly observant...dorky, but cool...childlike, yet wise...heck, even the title mentions *Jazz*...
Okay, I've tipped my hand here. Frankly, the sophisticated cuteness of his writing detracted from the authenticity of his message. And, he was awfully judgmental of other believers he deemed uncool...some who deserve to be called out and others who don't..."safe" targets all, though.
While I would recommend this book to some, I did fatigue a bit on the whole "life from campus" perspective written by a 30-ish urbanite who sleeps in bunk beds, has roommates, and farts around Portland all day after waking at noon thing.
With that said, some of his insights are the best descriptions of faith and conversion I've ever read. He gets it.
I just hope he realizes that faith and politics really don't mix....yes, even progressive politics can become a stumbling block.
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