Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller



“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



Donald Miller knew of God but didn’t really know what to do with God.  While going about college and life he discovered a Jesus different then the one that can be shoved down throats – instead he found Jesus as the one who walks beside him and teaches him about looking at people, life, and situations in new and positive ways. 

While taking off with his new-found faith in a loving God, Miller finds himself fried out on his ministry and falls away.  Yes Jesus continues to show up in the strangest of ways slowly pulling Miller back to Him and creating a passion that is bone deep.

Blue Like Jazz is an honest walk with Donald Miller through his younger years of funny college moments, a crazy hippy movement, relationships, friendships and more.  Attending Reed College in Portland Oregon, known as the least faith-based school around instead cranking out brilliance at an academic level unheard of by most colleges.  As Don struggles through, his thoughts are at times profound and even funny.  Don, like any one of us, is just trying to get it right. 




Why did I want to read this book?  I have read Donald Miller before and enjoyed his laid back style.  I had heard good things about this book and now there is also a movie out that I have also heard is very good. 

Blue Like Jazz is now a movie as well


Blue Like Jazz is a book I listened to on audio.  Read by its author, Donald Miller I loved the steady – not preachy or “lecturey” (my word) but instead in a tone of “hey, here’s what happened and here’s what I did with it…”  I actually enjoyed the narrating very much.

Blue Like Jazz was a good audio.  Don’s stories of his college, and the people he hung out with and what they did were truly college actions except Don always was looking for the connections between this life and how it plays into Gods plan for us.  Even when he seems to not be walking in a way that God would find worthy, he still was and that really is the beauty of this book.

Never preachy, Blue Like Jazz reads like any other no fiction novel with the bonus of  this book can make you think.  There are some wonderful moments in Blue Like Jazz, I especially liked his little group of Christians in the school (a rarity) and their plan to come out with a reverse confession booth – I loved this whole section of the book – shoot, I loved the whole book.  There were times I listened to whole chapters again as I loved how Don Miller talks of loving people no matter what and losing this judgey attitude. 

I can’t wait to see the movie and have it rented now from Netflix waiting for me 😉


Fun fact:  The book has been made into a movie by director Steve Taylor.   On his blog on September 16, 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 25, 2010.

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I purchased my copy of Blue Like Jazz from a local sale

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