Book Reviews of Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Blue Like Jazz Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Author: Donald Miller
ISBN-13: 9780785263708
ISBN-10: 0785263705
Publication Date: 7/17/2003
Pages: 256
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 357 ratings
Publisher: Nelson Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 11
There were some "lightbulb moments" in this book, but I would more call it a set of interesting anecdotes regarding one man's journey to faith.
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Helpful Score: 9
This book is very unusual. It is for a Christian with a solid foundation who can see a differing opinion.
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Helpful Score: 5
A great book for those confused about what is true Christianity--or ANYONE to read! Miller is truly unique and moving in his case.
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Helpful Score: 4
I don't want to give this one up! A book that is easy to read, but challenged all many of my thoughts about Christianity. He pulls out all the religious nonsense to breakdown who God really is. An honest and truthful book that brought me joy!
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Helpful Score: 3
Donald's not the best writer in the world, but he's very real and genuine. This book just let's you inside the life and mind of a young man struggling with the big questions...just as many of us do.
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I was a little hesitant to read this one based on its subtitle (Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality) but I am glad I did! It was such a frank commentary on "doing life". His insights on selfishness and self-centeredness really hit home and I found myself pondering several of his comments days later.

Highly recommend this one and am looking forward to reading more of his work.
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Helpful Score: 2
Blue Like Jazz offers thoughts on what it means to be a Christian without the traditional "do this/don't do that" Christian message. For those who are disillusioned with "church", or for those who are seeking a meaningful relationship with Christ, Donald Miller offers hope and encouragement.
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Great story about a man's evolement into adult life and purpose. Genuine spiritual growth.
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Very interesting semi-autobiography type of book. This book has a good perspective on the christian walk, without being churchy. Very approachable and easy to read.
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I just loved this book. It is really thought provoking, and it looks at religion from a new point of view.
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I loved this book! I think it is a must-read for any Christian.
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I enjoyed this book very much. Many things, I went back and read again. Struck me to the core at times. I look forward to reading more of Donald Miller's books.
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In a nutshell: the author discusses his flavor Christian spirituality, one developed through a curiously lived life. I think his individuality makes for a playful read, but his theology is shaky and often elitist. If you ARE Christian, I think the book might inspire you to personalize your own faith and seek a fellowship which feels like home. If you are not Christian, this book might give insight into a more youthful and actually-love-thy-neighbor Christian religiosity. Although, it might also highlight the sometimes narrow-minded and half-assed tried-and-found-wanting dismissal of other faiths that some Christians use to justify the ultimate correctness of theirs. :) All in all, I recommend the book as a quick read, and would encourage the reader to be entertained but skeptical.
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Awesome book ! This is a must read for anyone searching for their niche' in spirituality.
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It's been awhile since I read a book about religion so this one was a good one to tackle. The author talks about Christianity in a basic, loving way. It should not, he feels be tied to politics, racial and gender issues, nor to lifestyle. It is his belief that Christianity should allow one to accept all people regardless of social class, gender, race, religion or other classifications. In the latter portion of the book, Miller emphasizes that one needs to love God and oneself to be a Christian but perhaps most important one must love Jesus. The author details his own experiences with Christianity but does not claim to be an expert.

There is no effort to sell his own beliefs, just share them. It's a fascinating approach because I believe that religion should be an entity of its own beyond all this. The author dwells on love of all mankind, helping others whether the need is due to poverty or isolation, and witnessing in this manner. The author apologizes for the atrocities performed under the guise of Christianity." Many reviewers have chosen to use quotes from the book to explain their impressions about this read. I'm taking one from the GR book description: "Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption." I liked that.
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This author has some stories that are worthy of note: the hostage-rescuer story and the story of the confession booth come to mind. He aspires to a show acceptance of understanding the spiritual journeys of others, but his concept of Buddhism is more than childish ignorance, it shows a lack of true curiosity about a major spiritual group. He seems to suggest an acceptance of followers of Islam, but does not pursue or explain this idea. It is his view of Buddhism that reveals his shallow vision of true spirituality. Perhaps if he truly understood Buddhism, and embraced it, he could get over his shame over being a Christian and not need to apologize for the atrocities committed by those who called themselves Christian. His subtitle is misleading. Just because he is not a typical conservative radical does not make him nonreligious. This book was given to me by my sister a long time ago, and I decided to read it before I listed it on PBS. I finished reading it, and I don't always finish every book I start, so it was worth reading, but it's not one I would keep in my library.
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This book will really make you think. I liked the fact that he didn't claim to have all the answers like many Christian authors.
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This book has some good nuggets of information in it. I think it depends on the reader though. I could see how the author was trying to get people to think more openly about accepting everyone into a church and not maintaining the snobby church atmosphere. However, sometimes he came across as condoning or giving an excuse for young people's spiritual immaturity and other flaws.

Overall, a book worth reading.
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This is the first book I have read by Donald Miller, and I was literally blown away! He has such a humorous, down-to-earth style of writing, that you feel like he is sitting in your livingroom chatting and having a cup of coffee with you. He shares honest, open impressions of various "settings" of the Christian life, and when you least expect it, you find yourself evaluating your own beliefs and practices, and what it says about the authenticity of your faith and does your life agree with what you say you believe... ?
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Haven't finished yet, but first impression is excellent. Nicely written.
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Thought provoking and moving.
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Simply one of the best I've ever read. Read it! :)
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This is my favorite book of ALL TIME. It's a wonderful, honest book about Christianity without glossing it or sugar coating anything. It just discusses and ponders the subject, but doesn't shove anything in your face. It's great for believers and non-believers alike.
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Enjoyed the honesty of the writer. We are all human, and have sin. Recognizing that is truly rewarding!
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ABSOLUTELY amazing ! The very best book on christianity I have ever had the pleasure to read ! I would recommend this to anyone on a true spiritual " Search".
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What a great book! This book really taps in to what is missing, what people can't wrap their minds around, that they are not only loved, but liked by Jesus. That he likes us. Just as we are...but as the saying goes, he won't leave us that way!!
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An excellent collection of essay on christian spirtuality. The book is extremely relatable for anyone who is looking for something different from mainline christianity.
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Miller's take on today's version of Christianity is thought-provoking, touching, humorous and life changing all at once. It will knock your proverbial socks off!
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An interesting read, but not my fav.
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I LOVE this book. Donald Miller gets back to the real Christ and why he became human on earth. If someone asked me my faith, I'd say "Here, read this. He put it all into words for me." Authentic, true to scripture, real. A solid voice of Christianity for today. A book, memoir, with appeal for Christians and non-Christians alike.
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LOVED this book!
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If you think honoring God means lacing your book with raw language, making it clear that you think your fellow Christians are anti-intellectual and deserve your contempt while atheists are far more intellectual; if you think that you should be the spokesman who asks nonbelievers for forgiveness on behalf of all other Christians then this book is for you.
If you need to believe that you can conform to popular culture rather than view yourself as one "set apart" (Psalm 4:3) Then you will probably join all the other (presumably very young) professing Christians that call this the "best book they've ever read in their whole life!!!!"
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I read this for my book club. Really didn't like it at all.
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This is possibly the most beautiful book I have ever read.
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I loved this book. I would never have read it if my sister hadn't recommended it because the subtitle "Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality" would automatically send red flags to the super-fundamentalist in me! If there were such a thing as "evangelical church (political) correctness" this book would be the farthest thing from it! It is a beautiful, genuine testimony to one man's journey of faith - he tells it like it is, his doubts, his unbelief and his qualms about the whole church and Christianity and Christians. It is wonderful and refreshing and I found myself laughing out loud only to turn a page and cry over his descriptions of God and His love for us.
If you need a breath of fresh air in your walk with Jesus, a conviction from the Holy Spirit about what God's purpose for your life is, or just a reminder that God's love is truly mysterious and miraculous, read this book. I read it (with my kids at home) in a couple days. I couldn't seem to put it down and it is an easy enchanting read.