Thursday, May 12, 2005

Blue Like Jazz for 300, Alex

I was re-reading through one of my fave books, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. I thought I'd throw out some of the highlights, as a refresher for some of us (or an enticement to those of you who haven't bitten the bullet and bought the silly thing!).

"I didn't think that Jesus really agreed with a lot of the policies of the Republican Party or for that matter the Democratic Party. I felt like Jesus was a religious figure, not a political figure."

"The overwhelming majority of time I spend thinking about myself, pleasing myself, reassuring myself, and when I am done there is nothing to spare for the needy. Six billion people live in this world, and I can only muster thoughts for one. Me."

"I said to a guy the other day, 'God bless you.' What does that mean? I have been saying that stuff all my life, but what does that mean? Then I started thinking about all the crap I say. All the cliches, all the parroted slogans. I have become an infomercial for God, and I don't even use the product. I don't want to be who I am anymore."

"I don't think there is any better worship than wonder."


tonia/sparrow said...

I love this book; partially because I go to the church (Imago Dei). I had never heard of the book until we'd been attending for awhile, but once I read it, I loved it!

Cathleen said...

Christine- I was recently invited to join "Parenting in SPACE" on Facebook and the same person sent me to your blog. I am enjoying it. I am finishing "The Purpose Driven Life" this week and "Blue Like Jazz" is next. Thanks for the preview- I am looking forward to it.