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Miller (Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance) is a young writer, speaker and campus ministry leader. An earnest evangelical who nearly lost his faith, he went on a spiritual journey, found some progressive politics and most importantly, discovered Jesus' relevance for everyday life. This book, in its own elliptical way, tells the tale of that journey. But the narrative is episodic rather than linear, Miller's style evocative rather than rational and his analysis personally revealing rather than profoundly insightful. As such, it offers a postmodern riff on the classic evangelical presentation of the Gospel, complete with a concluding call to commitment. Written as a series of short essays on vaguely theological topics (faith, grace, belief, confession, church), and disguised theological topics (magic, romance, shifts, money), it is at times plodding or simplistic (how to go to church and not get angry? "pray... and go to the church God shows you"), and sometimes falls into merely self-indulgent musing. But more often Miller is enjoyably clever, and his story is telling and beautiful, even poignant. (The story of the reverse confession booth is worth the price of the book.) The title is meant to be evocative, and the subtitle-"Non-Religious" thoughts about "Christian Spirituality"-indicates Miller's distrust of the institutional church and his desire to appeal to those experimenting with other flavors of spirituality.
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Donald Miller is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He helps leaders grow their businesses at www.storybrand.com. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.
The book is a good commentary. I feel like I can't read more than a couple pages without something profound being said. Not a hard read, but a good one.Published 15 months ago by Ruth
The book is in great shape other than a few folded pages, which was to be expected by the description. Read morePublished 18 months ago by sarah hartholt
This is Don Miller's best work. It's essence is relationships- with others and God. It moves away from religious formulas and instead focusses in on what is most essential. Read morePublished 22 months ago by jim nikkel
Too juvenile a read. It was something I would have enjoy at 16 but not in my years now. I found it elementary and a fast read.Published 22 months ago by DoeOrser
I am always on the look out for resources to encourage me and the people in my life. I was alerted to this resource by many influential people I admire mentioning this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2013 by Resource Freak
This book, though a few years old now, is still as current as the day it was written. A good, relatively fast read for anyone who is open to exploring faith as part of a well... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2012 by zoncust
Those who have read Miller's PRAYER AND THE ART OF VOLKSWAGEN MAINTENANCE (a take off on "Zen and the art of Motercycle Maintenance) will appreciate his BLUE LIKE JAZZ. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2007 by Asia
I didn't give it a 5-star because I think the title threw me off a bit. I would never pick up a book with this title. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2005