Saturday, December 31, 2005

Blue Like Jazz

I am currently reading "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller. I am only about a 3rd of the way through. Today I was reading a couple of chapters and I found myself laughing out loud. This is unlike any other book I have read. Donald Miller writes in a very random manner. I really like it. He is very vulnerable, random, funny and before you know it he has you and BAM, he lands the point. Like "Velvit Elvis" by Rob Bell, this book has caused me to look deep inside and question why I act the way I do, why I think the way I do, why I say the things I say, why, why , why... It is a great journey so far. So here is a quote that really gripped my heart today...

This is in reference to His thoughts towards God before He becomes a Christ-follower. He is trying to work out his faith struggles with Christianity:
"If you don't love somebody, it gets annoying when they tell you what to do or what to feel. When you love them you get pleasure from their pleasure and it makes it easy to serve."

Have you looked at your relationship with God that way? Or do you do like I do often...see a bunch of rules and a God who is telling me that I did not do it good enough or a God who wants me to create better habits and forget about just turning my affections and heart towards a very very loving and accepting God?

So the next time you feel "beat down" by your faith and/or you only see rules and/or you feel like God is looking down on you as if you did not do good enough...I pray that you remember that quote and turn your heart towards our loving Father.

Check out Blue Like Jazz. You can get it here.


Anonymous said...

*Love* this book. I've gave a copy to my brother-in-law (who is terribly bored by most "church" stuff) but he couldn't put this book down. Just as you said, he makes you think so deeply and takes faith in God from being "religion" to a truly spritual experience. If you like this book, you'll also love his second (searching for God knows what).

Stephan Wrenn said...

I also have that book someone give on me on my birth day. But anonymous giver.