Searching For God Knows What Paperback – May 24 2010
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Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, serves as campus ministry leader at Reed College. His writing voice is casual and somewhat eccentric, while his theories—largely derived from experience rather than extensive study—are at times brilliant, at times questionable and rarely supported by outside sources. The book covers a great deal of territory: Miller's walking away from God as a teenager and returning to his faith; the competitive nature of human relationships, painfully demonstrated through junior high memories; the meaning of morality and religion; the essence of true Christianity. But Miller's main theme is dissatisfaction with the way Christianity is taught and practiced. He says the religion ought not to be presented as a formula, its tenets broken down into bullet points to fit modern Western thought patterns. At its heart, Miller argues, Christianity is relationship. Interested people should be presented with biblical stories rather than steps to salvation. Miller also believes that many Christians behave correctly but their actions lack meaning: "The tough thing about Christian spirituality is, you have to mean things. You can't just go through the motions or act religious for the wrong reasons... this thing is a thing of the heart." However, Miller offers only faint suggestions to replace the formulaic or systematic approach to faith that he denounces.
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About the Author
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.
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Chapter 4 "Free Verse" actually made me get out of bed one night while I was reading and pad outside in my bare feet to where my husband was sitting. I promptly sat down and read him the entire chapter out loud. We both had tears in our eyes when we were finished.
This is a book for people that know that there is more to Christ than systematic theology. More than modern religion, more than formulas and to-do lists.
This book captures the meaning of it all, the intrigue, the passion, the romance of God.
It's written for those of us that find ourselves outside of the box, those of us that don't quite fit in most religious requirements or structures, those of us that have a deep longing for spirituality, for God, for something more than what we see represented by most of what we see around us. Touching on everything from the Bible to the lifeboat theory and values clarification (a chapter that will make you want to find some good friends to hash that out), Jesus, the Gospel, morality among others. Donald Miller writes as a fellow traveller, someone giving voice to our deepest longings and searching alongside of us.
Verdict: Beautiful and insightful. Highly recommend.
Like I said before, this is not "Blue Like Jazz 2", and the book is often light on the personal narrative that Miller is so popular for. That being said, Miller brings an interesting perspective to the Gospel, making the arguement that the Bible is a story of relationship with God, rather than a list of rules or a how-to guide.
Overall I would recommend this book to Miller fans, but would suggest that you pick up "Blue Like Jazz" and read that before you dig into this title.
This is worth a read, and if you really like Miller you should buy the 3 in 1 book with this, blue like jazz and thourgh painted deserts.
With his new book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years being released in a few short weeks, this is worth a part of the collection.
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Once again Don Miller is able to weave the truth of scripture with the practicality of life, forcing us to think through our preconceived ideas either for or against the Christian... Read morePublished on May 21 2011 by Pat B
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