March 29, 2005
Blue Like Jazz by Miller, DonaldFiled under: Memoir | Buy on Amazon
I've heard people rave about this book, but it took me a while to finally pick it up. I'm glad I did.
Donald Miller reminds me of a more Christian Anne Lamott, except that of course he's a guy. He likes beer and smoking and doesn't seem to mind profanity (though I can't remember reading any--he just talked about a pastor he liked who swore, and I think Miller liked the pastor because he swore). He's loving and accepting of folks, but unlike Lamott, he also accepts biblical Christianity. Lamott is a lot more universalistic, and Miller likes to quote the Bible occasionally and talks about saving people. He's the evangelical Anne Lamott (though I'm not sure if he'd approve of that title).
The entire book is a rambling, casual conversation, sprinkled with hilarious and poignant observations. He often critiques fundamental Christianity, something I enjoy doing as well, but he also knows that's not an improvement. He has some challenging ideas about how we relate to nonChristians and how we should love each other.
My favorite part of the book is his story about operating a confessional booth on a "heathen" college campus. But rather than letting people confess, the small band of Christians Miller belonged to were confessing to other people for the failures of Christianity over the years.
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