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Blue Like Jazz
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality | Donald Miller
This contemporary classic gets a limited edition makeover with movie art and a new preface from Donald Miller.In print for nearly a decade, Blue Like Jazz has earned a coveted spot on readers' shelves and in their hearts. Many have said that Donald Miller expressed exactly what they were feeling but couldn't find the words to say themselves. In this landmark book that changed what people expected from Christian writers, that changed what people needed for their spiritual journeys, Donald Miller takes readers through a real life striving to understand relationship with God. Heartwarming and hilarious, poignant and unexpected, Blue Like Jazz has become a contemporary classic. For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture, thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real, or yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life . . . Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
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paulfrankspencer
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I've read this 4? times. It's still so good at what it's good at.

If you have any lingering stereotypes that help you categorize what Christianity is, I'd recommend reading this. If you think you think you have Jesus figured out, I'd recommend reading this.

Blue Like Jazz forces us to reconsider God afresh. Quick and easy and challenging and hard in all the right ways.

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Ruenie1988

I read this book and finished it a few weeks ago. I'd love to send it to someone who would like to read it too!

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Jaszott77
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“Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.”

Sounds promising! Hopefully, it is a good read while I wait for Golden Son and Morning Star.

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RusskayaChica
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"I don't care why we get crushes on Emily Dickinson. It is a rite of passage for any thinking man. Any thinking American man."

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RusskayaChica
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I have received the official feline tongue blessing to begin this book that I've been meaning to read for like 10 years...

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maximoffs
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Phenomenally beautiful and simple. Why make Christianity hard and legalistic when..it isn't? Highly recommend.

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maximoffs @Booksaurbatein the first round is closed. If there will be another round, follow @Litsypenpals 3y
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suvata Interesting perspective 3y
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"I always thought the Bible was more of a salad thing, you know, but it isn't. It's a chocolate thing."

MayJasper Great quote 😀 3y
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😂😂😂

DeborahSmall 😂😂 3y
intothehallofbooks One of my copies of this book is the most marked-up, underlined, highlighted, pages-folded book I own. I hope you enjoy it! 3y
Karkar 😂😂📚📚 3y
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Jess_Read_This ❤️That was so beautiful. I loved reading that and can relate. 3y
maximoffs @Jess_Read_This That's the first page! This book is really great so far (edited) 3y
Jess_Read_This @steverogers gosh, what a promising start in a book! 3y
maximoffs @Jess_Read_This yes!!! Right? 3y
Jabberwocky Ooooooo 3y
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maximoffs
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I opened my used book and found this. Pretty cool.

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saresmoore
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This book was first published when I was on the #edgeofseventeen . It was pretty momentous for me during my slow and somewhat painful emergence from small town Christianity. I still think Donald Miller is a pretty cool guy.

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Cinfhen Sounds like a good read! I could see how this could be eye-opening. 3y
LauraBeth I heard a great podcast convo recently and this book was featured prominently in the discussion: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sorta-awesome/id983378923?mt=2&i=10003843708... 3y
saresmoore @Cinfhen It was nice to meet a fellow modern mystic in Donald. 😊 3y
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Suet624 Oooohhh. I'll have to check this out! 3y
readinginthedark I read this one in college and really enjoyed it! 3y
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Like his other book I've read, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, this is a really honest account by Don of his thoughts on modern Christian spirituality. He goes into detail on how he lives out his faith compared to how he *should* be living out his faith, who God is, how to love Jesus, and more. Definitely worth a read if you're into getting deeper into your faith, and knowing why you believe what you believe.

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The problem with Christian culture is we think of love as a commodity. We use it like money. ... I could see it so clearly, and I could feel it in the pages of my life. This was the thing that had smelled so rotten all these years. I used love like money. The church used love like money. With love, we withheld affirmation from the people who did not agree with us, but we lavishly financed the ones who did.

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There was love in Christian community, but it was conditional love. Sure, we called it unconditional, but it wasn't. There were bad people in the world and good people in the world. We were raised to believe this. If people were bad, we treated them as though they were evil or charity: If they were bad and rich, they were evil. If they were bad and poor, they were charity. Christianity was always right; we were always looking down on someone else.

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Page 152

When you live on your own for a long time, however, your personality changes because you go so much into yourself you lose the ability to be social, to understand what is and isn't normal behavior. There is an entire world inside yourself, and if you let yourself, you can get so deep inside it you will forget the way to the surface. Other people keep our souls alive, just like food and water does with our body.

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Their teaching would have me believe I was the good person in the world and the liberals were the bad people in the world. Jesus taught that we are all bad and He is good, and He wants to rescue us because there is a war going on and we are hostages in that war. The truth is we are supposed to love the hippies, the liberals, and even the Democrats, and that God wants us to think of them as more important than ourselves.

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The thing I loved about Nadine was that I never felt like she was selling anything. She would talk about God as if she knew Him, as if she had talked to Him on the phone that day. She was never ashamed, which is the thing with some Christians I had encountered. They felt like they had to sell God, as if He were soap or a vacuum cleaner, and it's like they weren't really listening to me, or didn't care, they just wanted me to buy their product.

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"She hates everybody, Don. She thinks people are out to get her...
"But she was normal at one time, right?" I once asked.
"Yes, she was beautiful and fun. I loved my mom, Don, and I still do. But I hate that her mind has been taken. I hate that I can't have normal interaction with her."

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BarbaraJean
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This was refreshing. It's sort of a loose collection of essays, on the author's own faith and his thoughts on what Christianity is/should be. I appreciated his distinction between Christianity and what he calls Christian spirituality... moving away from a dry religious system focused on theory & rules and toward a relational, practical faith. It's sparked a lot of thoughts on living my own faith, in practice rather than just in theory.

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"...believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is like making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you *and* something you decide upon." I resonate with so much in this chapter!

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BarbaraJean

"...believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is like making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you *and* something you decide upon." I resonate with so much in this chapter!

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"... the argument stopped being about God a long time ago and now it's about who's smarter, and honestly I don't care."

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KKimber
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The back cover says Donald Miller is like Anne Lamott with testosterone. I have to agree!

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Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon.

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BarbaraJean
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"Your problem is not that God is not fulfilling, your problem is that you are spoiled." Ouch. Yeah.

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BarbaraJean
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I'm a bit out of order with this one, having read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years first. So far, I'm not finding this one as compelling. Ironic, since A Million Miles is sort of the story of Miller turning Blue Like Jazz into a screenplay.

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The beginning of the book is very good, the whole thing is well written but it gets really repetitive and boring - in my opinion, the struggle was real to finish the book and I found myself skimming the last 3rd of the book.

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tojuxtapose
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okay so even the cute drawings get real dark quick.

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tojuxtapose
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Not sure why it's taking me so long to get through this book. 🤔 but blurbs likes this are sort of how I've felt with my experiences with the Church.

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"Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way. " -- Donald Miller

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tojuxtapose
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really excited to start this again, hoping I can burn through it in a day.

LinaLovesLit I love the cover! There is just something about a well loved paperback. 🤗 4y
tojuxtapose @Attila it's been with me through many moves and tucked away in purses for attempts to find time to really read. 4y
LinaLovesLit @juxtaposition I know what you mean. I take a book everywhere. Some of them get scuffed and bent, but that's just part of their story. 😊 4y
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