I just finished reading Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. It was a refreshing read. I didn’t know what to expect and read it on a recommendation from Rusty, who said it was a good, and easy, read. He was right about it being an easy read. It’s one of those books where you read it and you look down and say, “wow, I’ve read 30 pages already” when you think it’s been like 10. I guess that’s a good thing.
It was essentially a spiritual autobiography that was surprisingly orthodox. After seeing it was highly endorsed by Brian McLaren, I thought it might be a little more “cutting-edge” or Emergent theologically, but it didn’t seem to be. It was very orthodox when it came to theology, just unorthodox in his mode of presentation, which is what made it a fun and refreshing read. I seemed to identify a lot with Miller as I read it as well, which made it all the more enjoyable. I guess you could call it a sort of modern-day Confessions. Just a lot lighter.
Anyhow, I took some things away form it and liked a lot of his insight into the human condition and the fact that when it comes down to it, we’re all just flat-out selfish. I also enjoyed his epiphanies about things like thinking we are better than close-minded fundamentalists because we are willing to think liberally and intellectually, when actually we are no better off than the fundamentalist by thinking ourselves better than them (wow, does that make sense?). He wrote with a very high degree of humility and authenticity. I recommend it.