Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality is a book written by Donald Miller. It was published in 2003 and has sold over a million copies.
In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.
This video will help you get to know him a little better.
In case you haven’t heard, the book has been made into a movie. The book has been made into a movie by director Steve Taylor. On his blog September 2010, Donald Miller stated that despite a strong screenplay, a stellar cast, and rave reviews, the project was put on hold indefinitely due to lack of funding. Two fans created a site called “Save Blue Like Jazz” where they urged fans to help raise money to fund the movie through a website called Kickstarter. This campaign raised over $340,000, more than doubling the original goal of $125,000 by October 25th, 2010.
The movie won’t show until April 13, 2012, but I got to attend a pre-screening last night. I even got to meet Donald Miller.
The movie received a standing ovation but let me caution you, this is not your run of the mill Christian movie The term Christian film has become synonymous with substandard production values, stilted dialogue and childish plots. Blue Like Jazz is raw, it’s edgy. There is language and all sorts of offensive behavior. But that’s the whole point. The world is edgy and messy and raw and sacrilegious. God is here anyway.
I think this movie will appeal to both Christians and non-Christian because it is not pushy or sanctimonious. In fact, when I asked the girl standing in line with me if she was Christian she told me she was Hindu.
I hope you’ll put it on your calendar. One day only: April 13, 2012.
I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened. ―Donald Miller
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."