When Miller came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately ...Show synopsisWhen Miller 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.Hide synopsis
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality (Nelson Books) – Trade paperback (2003)
Trade paperback, Nelson Books 2003
ISBN: 0785263705 ISBN-13: 9780785263708
Miller's fresh and original voice may change the way Christians view the status quo of faith and build a bridge to seekers who believe that organized religion doesn't meet their needs.Miller's fresh and original voice may change the way Christians view the status quo of faith and build a bridge to seekers who believe that organized religion doesn't meet their needs.Hide
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You may already be familiar with the term "Christian spirituality." You may not. But by the time you finish this book, you'll have the equivalent of a doctorate in the subject.
Miller writes for all those who have ever wished for a more personal walk with God. He is uncomfortable with "Christianity" as it has become in the mainstream - the plastic Jesus game played by so many who claim His name. He yearned for a more personal, more intimate experience with God than he had found in the typical tradition-bound church with its prescribed order of service and its spaghetti suppers. And when he found it, he says, he finally felt like the spiritual nature of Christianity was real and worth pursuing.
Miller is the C.S. Lewis of the experiential Gospel; as Lewis explained in practical terms how God relates to man and what so many foundational doctrines mean, Miller shares personal anecdotes and other stories to illustrate in a very personal and approachable way what it's like to search for a "real" spirituality amidst so many different versions of Christianity out there.
Occasionally, parts of the book come across as a bit wishy-washy. (Miller hardly seems one to stand on a bit of doctrine and demonstrate its foundational importance to Christian faith; he prefers to deal in experiential notions of how God makes Himself real to various people.) But overall, it's a refreshing look at one young man's journey to reconcile the truths of Christianity with living in today's multicultural, post-postmodern world. If you've ever felt your walk with God comes too much from Sunday School lessons and too little from Him personally touching your life day by day, this book offers hope.
To be heartily recommended, with the *small* caveat that the true Christian God is surely a God of eternal truths and doctrines as much as he is personal, subjective experience.
This and other books by this author have become "a doubter's guide to the universe" especially of christianity and the organized church. His style is quick, funny and a bit off the wall. If you have ever wondered about deciding to be a christain inspite of the church, read this.
Probably one of the most unusual "Christian" books I have ever read, this will shake you up and get you defining what you believe, and why. This is an honest account of a spiritual journey that could apply to anyone brought up in the church and wondering why they were there. Provocative and funny, sad and hopeful, this one'll get you thinking.
This book changed the way I viewed my world. As someone who grew up in the church, I can identify keenly with the struggle to understand your faith. Yet that part of me that always held itself back from God, the little part of me that wasn't christian, that part met its end in this book. His logic, reasoning, and examples make it impossible for me to find fault with anything that he says. This book is a must read for anyone who finds themselves disagreeing with their preacher/pastor, but doesn't know why or what to do.
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