Blue Like Jazz

blue like jazz.jpgI’ve been pretty lax at writing up books I’ve read …. and that have an influence on, or resonance with, Youth Ministry, so (in response to advice that frequently appeared on my school reports) I will try harder.
Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller is a book that was good for my post modern soul. A journey of faith that is alive with story, encounter and reality. This semi-autobiographical series of essays manages to critique and yet still celebrate something of Christianity in the form it is often encountered, but at the same time explore and find a richer, deeper and messier Christian spirituality that I completely relate to.
If you want to know why people in their 20’s and 30’s are so often missing from church, this is a Couplandesque guide to the failings and assumptions of the previous culture/theology and the landscape, possibilities and language of the new.
a quote:
“My most recent faith struggle is not one of intellect. I don’t really do that anymore. Sooner or later you just figure out there are some guys who don’t believe in God and they can prove He doesn’t exist, and some other guys who do believe in God and they can prove He does exist, and the argument stopped being about God a long time ago and now it’s about who is smarter, and honestly I don’t care.”

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