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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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Not what you think....

This is one man's story. Maybe it's not even a story per se. It's his opinion, outlook, philosophy and journey. It's not going to read like a novel and in my opinion I think it works better this way. All in all, I really enjoyed this book, however reading instead of listening was far more rewarding on this particular book. You'll need to throw away some of your pre-conceived notions and set aside legalistic thinking...but that's the point. Recommended either way, but loved the paperback.

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Excellent

This book hits the mark for anyone looking to have a real relationship with Jesus. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to reconcile what you have been taught in the church, and the real world application of Jesus's love for mankind.

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  • Rachel
  • AURORA, CO, United States
  • 09-28-12

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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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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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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This is true Christian Spirituality!

I have to say I don't want religiosity anymore at all. I want Jesus this way.
I liked the reader Scott Brick
This book is how I want to live others and also know how Jesus loves me.

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  • Jason
  • Coarsegold, CA, USA
  • 01-08-10

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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Wow. A book for loving Christians

Donna Miller is speaking my language. Finally, a book that expresses how I feel-a love for everyone, not just Christians, not just people who are doing it "right" but a book about loving everybody-and evidently, about being loved, too.

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A book that could change your life

My only regret is I didn't read this book 10 years ago. I would recommend it to anyone interested in spirituality.

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Must read/listen

Loved this book! Very relatable and an easy listen-- Donald Miller is a wonderful author and BLJ fully reflects that

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  • ELIZABETH JENKINS
  • 09-08-16

Interesting but not earth shattering

Would you try another book written by Donald Miller or narrated by Scott Brick?

Id read another Donald Miller book but I would NEVER listen to one narrated by Scott Brick again, I found him monotone, irritating and really slow.

If you’ve listened to books by Donald Miller before, how does this one compare?

Its not quite as good.

How could the performance have been better?

More animated, quicker in pace, by someone else.

Do you think Blue Like Jazz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no,

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  • Joshua
  • 10-03-16

Book brought to life with excellent narration!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Donald Miller delivers a brilliant book that will speak to many millennial christians as they struggle to reconcile the church, the world, and Jesus.

What other book might you compare Blue Like Jazz to, and why?

Bob Goff's 'Love Does'. There is a real earnestness to the writing style in both books; one that makes you feel like you know the author well enough to grab a beer and enjoy an evening of open conversation.

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

Scott Brick did a thoroughly excellent job of mirroring Miller's dry humour. The nuances of his delivery were well appreciated and saw me openly guffaw on several occasions. Seeing that Miller's latest book 'Scary Close' was narrated by a different performer was a little heart-wrenching, but I was happy to see 'Searching For God Knows What' is narrated by Brick as well. I will be downloading it post haste.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Meet the man who understands you.

Any additional comments?

I really *really* like Scott Brick's narration. I feel like if my life were to have a narrator, it would be him.