Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

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"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." ―Donald Miller

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.

For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture.

For anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real.

For anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in  life.

Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.

 

About Donald Miller

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Donald Miller is a speaker, founder of The Mentoring Project, and author of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What, Through Painted Deserts, and Father Fiction.
 
Published July 17, 2003 by Thomas Nelson. 257 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Some of us have a tendency to take life to seriously, while others of us don’t take life seriously enough.

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It’s affectionate and unexpectedly sophisticated in its depiction of bohemian college life, even as Allman’s arc from bitter disillusionment with his faith and the hypocrites that corrupt it to Zen acceptance of Christianity’s faults feels a little rushed, and his relationship with a good Christi...

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The Washington Post

Which may be why, in the end, the film was able to sidestep traditional fundraising channels, earning nearly $350,000 in production costs - donated by about 4,500 "associate producers" - through an online Kickstarter campaign.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Blue Like Jazz, which was based on a semi-autobiographical book by Donald Miller, is a coming-of-age story about a religious teen who chooses to attend a very liberal college.

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Patheos

So, here’s my advice for lovers of the book Blue Like Jazz: Think of the movie Blue Like Jazz as a story inspired by the book Blue Like Jazz, rather than as a film version of the book.

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Patheos

Author Donald Miller and director Steve Taylor have tried to distance themselves from the “Christian” movie genre.

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Boston.com

Because it’s primarily about doubt, “Blue Like Jazz” is an interesting anomaly in the faith-based genre of Christian movies.

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The Gospel Coalition

TGC's blog features a community of voices who promote gospel-centered ministry for the next generation.

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Slant Magazine

The current "Pope" (Justin Welborn), whose altar-boy past is far less revelatory than the movie believes, is positioned as a naysaying voice of atheism, but his ranting philosophies sound like hogwash, while a resolving monologue from Don calls to mind a ramblingly heady senior thesis.

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The Aquila Report

I had approached the book expecting a resounding affirmation of the solid Christian doctrine I didn’t have and didn’t understand, and instead got a story about someone who didn’t know what solid Christian doctrine was and had grown disenchanted with the Christian culture he had been taught was do...

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Variety

Just as Donald Miller's bestselling 2003 memoir sought to redefine Christianity for a hipper, looser generation of believers, so this likably low-key adaptation of "Blue Like Jazz" tries to deviate from the earnest, preachy norms of so much faith-based cinema.

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Patrol

I see two fundamental flaws with this reasoning, however: the scene already existed in the book, and, as a Christian film, it’s not likely many non-Christians will even see the film.

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