Okay, so I’ve been working for the past couple of weeks on a post to explain why I like Donald Miller‘s work so much. The essay keeps growing and growing, I think its something like four pages long right now. I just read it again this morning, and it turns out that I’m just presenting his ideas in my own language, which is not exactly what I intended. So, I’m starting over, and I’m going to keep it short this time.
Prior to me reading Blue Like Jazz, I had been struggling with my own faith. I even blogged about it here in January. Christianity had somehow moved from a meaningful relationship with Jesus to a collection of rules about what to do and what not to do. So when I started reading his work I had a lot of questions, I was hungry for truth.
Most of his material resonates with me strongly. Miller brings up a number of things that I have been feeling, he explains things that I didn’t even realize I was bothered by. For example, I don’t like evangelizing. I have shared my faith before, but it always makes me feel like I’m involved in some multi-level marketing scheme. Turns out, I’m not alone, Miller has the same concern. And he helped me understand why I was feeling this way. This is only one small example.
I have also read Searching for God Knows What. I personally liked Blue Like Jazz more, but there is one chapter in Searching for God Knows What that I think every christian should read.
In chapter 14, he compares the message of the gospel to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and the parallels are striking. Who would have thought that Shakespeare was a prophet? When I was finished reading that chapter I had to stop and spend some time in prayer because it gave me a fresh perspective on who Jesus is and why I want to be a christian.
Miller’s work has had an effect on me. In response to all of this, I decided to try a different church last weekend. Not because I’m looking for a new church, but just because I don’t want my life to be formulaic. Sunday night I went to Mosaic, and it was one of the most inspiring worship services I have attended in years. I plan to go again.
I guess what I’m saying is that Donald Miller’s books have helped me understand why or how I ended up in this frustrating place in my spiritual life. And he also helped me understand the cure, love Jesus.
Ha ha, this is the short version.