Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

I read Blue Like Jazz my junior year of college. Everyone I knew then had read the book and loved it or were reading the book and loving it. Typically, when I pick up a book everyone else finds fascinating, I become skeptical and uber-critical. However I really enjoyed reading Donald Miller’s unique thoughts on life. I have a read a lot of theology/Christian/spiritual walk books before and I was expecting just another entry into the tired genre but this book is very different and quite refreshing.

Donald Miller has this great capacity to find the eccentricities of life, laugh at them, and discover how God can use those seemingly hopeless moments. Blue Like Jazz explains Christian doctrine and spirituality in a honest, down-to-earth kind of way. It's exhilarating to see someone not take life too seriously even in it hurts. The standard American Christian life has many flaws and Donald Miller is right there to expose them, poke at them, and search for something different.

“By reducing Christian spirituality to a formula, we deprive our hearts of wonder.”