If I had to sum up this book I guess I would say refreshing. I have read many books designed for uncommitted seekers, but they end up sounding like a sales pitch. “ Blue Like Jazz” is breathtakingly honest. In describing why he chose this as a title he says this:
“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. I used to not like God because God doesn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened”
At times, like when the author confesses that he used to do a good part of his college witnessing while drunk at parties, it flies in the face of what a Christ follower is supposed to act like. But he reaches people in places and at levels that most of us never will. And his willingness to lay bare his own doubts and questions will catch the non-believer off guard. Yet he is firmly and passionately a Christian, precisely because he questions and tries to prove, admits his doubts but believes anyway.
It is funny and thought provoking and a wonderful read. I loved the way he summed up his message in the final chapter to the reader who has not yet chosen Christ.
“I want Jesus to happen to you the way He happened to me in Texas. I want you to know Jesus too. This book is about the life songs my friends and I are singing. This is what God is doing in our lives. But what song will you sing when your soul gets set free? I think it will be something true and beautiful. I can’t think of anything better that could happen to you than this.”
The writing style and approach are casual and as such that I can see this appealing naturally to young adults…although not exclusively. If you have a loved one or a friend who has yet to know Christ or if you need to re-think your own ways of sharing your faith, you may want to explore the novel approach of Donald Miller.