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Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality | [Donald Miller]

Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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."

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.

©2003 Donald Miller; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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    Kiel West 08-03-12
    Kiel West 08-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "The author's voice made annoying by narration?"
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    I'm afraid I found the narrator's inflection irritating. It lent the text a sort of self-satisfied tone which is a bad recipe for a book about mostly focused on the author's internal reflection. I'm sure the narrator's a nice guy and all, I just don't like his reading style.

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    Jason Coarsegold, CA, USA 01-08-10
    Jason Coarsegold, CA, USA 01-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Great Read"

    This is exactly what I needed to read. It is very easy to relate to the character of the story ( Donald Miller) as he takes you through several stories of the journey of his Christian faith.

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    Scott Indiana 12-20-11
    Scott Indiana 12-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I bought this book a few years ago, and my teenage son read it and pass it along to many of his friends - so many the paperback fell apart.I bought another one and my other son took it. They both said that I had to read it. I just finished a doctoral program,and am enjoying listening to it as I drive. Great read for seekers and those wanting to grow deeper in their faith!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    It had a


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    Carolyn Dallas, TX, USA 11-08-09
    Carolyn Dallas, TX, USA 11-08-09
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    "Blue Like Jazz"

    The author creates a lively story about his spiritual journey in coming to love the Lord. Very worthy selection

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    cynthia Mississauga, ON, Canada 09-22-09
    cynthia Mississauga, ON, Canada 09-22-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Blue like Eeyore"

    I personally identify quite as a liberal Christian, but this book made me second-guess myself! There is something inarticulably annoying about his point of view-- the voice of a 30-something guy who never managed to snap out of his adolescent years of angsty lack of direction. I think the word is "emo". I give it two stars, not one, because there are a few little gems hidden here and there. Still, I don't think I will be renting the movie (!) that they are planning to make of this book.

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    Rachel AURORA, CO, United States 09-28-12
    Rachel AURORA, CO, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Some Good Insights But Slow-Moving"

    I LOVED Miller's book A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, so I was eager to purchase this one. I was disappointed. It took me two months to get through it because I just couldn't engage. I think a major problem was the narrator. He talked slowly, and he made Miller sound pompous. A Million Miles was narrated by Miller himself, and I loved his quick, self-depricating, funny delivery. There were some good insights in this book that have stayed with me and made me think about God in a different way--but I wouldn't strongly recommend this book to a friend. I might recommend a few chapters but certainly not the entire book.

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    Jennifer Galena, Ohio, United States 07-09-12
    Jennifer Galena, Ohio, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Affirmation for intellectual Christians."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Like Jazz to be better than the print version?

    Affirmation for intellectual Christians. Slow and a little too flowery in parts, but recommended.


    Would you recommend Blue Like Jazz to your friends? Why or why not?

    Ye.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Genuineness of the authors youth.


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    david port st lucie, FL, United States 06-19-12
    david port st lucie, FL, United States 06-19-12
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    "Great real world perspective on life and faith."
    Would you listen to Blue Like Jazz again? Why?

    Yes. I found the a perfect mix of life lessons, faith, and personality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Like Jazz?

    The most memorable moment was when Donald Miller wrote about the woman in front of him at the supermarket paying with food stamps. He draws an analogy between food stamps and faith. He writes "I like to give charity, but I don't want to be charity. I guess that is why I struggled with grace."


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Donald Miller gave each character a destinct personality.


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    Jay bridgeport, WV, United States 05-14-12
    Jay bridgeport, WV, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Recommended Read for Everyone"
    What did you love best about Blue Like Jazz?

    It is a real life story about the struggles of being a Christian


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Like Jazz?

    The time in the woods


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He just did not read it, I felt like he wrote it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My wife and I listened tto it on a 7 hr drive to Philly


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    Christian Lexington, KY, United States 05-08-12
    Christian Lexington, KY, United States 05-08-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Compelling and Authentic"

    I enjoyed the transparency and the sense of realism woven into the story telling of the author's life. I was able to share a similar season or feeling that was being described often.

    Donald's ability to recognize and articulate the opportunity for spiritual growth and responsibility were very compelling.

    Listening to this book helped bridge a number of gaps in my own self discovery with a sense of realism that was neither argumentative or judgmental.

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