Posted by: serrels | May 24, 2010

Stuck in Church Book Club – Blue Like Jazz

Before we start, I’d like everyone to imagine me sitting in this exact position. Possibly wearing these clothes. With make-up on.

Alright. Are we sitting comfortably? Awesome. Let’s begin…

Hey everyone, thanks for agreeing to take part in this, and thanks for your suggestions.

The first book for Stuck in Church book club is… Blue Like Jazz.

Thanks to Caryn who made the suggestion – it sounds like something that both Christians and Atheists can take something from. It was this quote that sealed the deal:

“My most recent faith struggle is not one of intellect. I don’t really do that anymore. Sooner or later you just figure out there are some guys who don’t believe in God and they can prove He doesn’t exist, and some other guys who do believe in God and they can prove He does exist, and the argument stopped being about God a long time ago and now it’s about who is smarter, and honestly I don’t care.”

And, if you’re not already convinced, this is what Wikipedia, the most reliable source of information in the whole wide world, says about Blue Like Jazz:

“This semi-autobiographical work, subtitled “Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality,” is a collection of essays and personal reflections chronicling the author’s growing understanding of the nature of God and Jesus, and the need and responsibility for an authentic personal response to that understanding.”

And if if that hasn’t dealed the deal, wait till you hear what ‘Nigel’, some guy from, says about it:

“Miller loves telling us about the wisdom he’s gained from his friends, both Christians and non-Christians alike. The problem is, all of these people share the exact same liberal, bohemian world view, and seem stuck in a perpetual state of extended adolescence. In Miller’s world, Christians drink beer, smoke, swear, and attend anti-Bush political demonstrations while they ponder the meaning of existence and the nature of God’s love.”

Oh wait, this isn’t a hipster book is it?

Noooooooooo! Call it off, call it all off!

Nah, I’m only kidding – it’s totally still on. I’m a closet hipster anyway.

So let’s do this thing! You have precisely one month to locate, and subsequently read this hipster book about stuff. I will then make a post, where we can all talk about how this book “changed my life maaaaan…”.

I’m really looking forward to this – hope you guys enjoy the book!

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  1. I’ve read it, and it totally changed my life maaaaaaan. Haha, nah but it’s a very good read and I would highly recommend it. Wait til you read the chapters titles “Penguin Sex” and “The Sexy Carrots” haha. He definitely expresses his thoughts in an interesting and somewhat entertaining way. And did I mention it has PICTURES!? Everybody loves pictures! Haha.

    Here’s a little intro: Author’s note: “I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music. Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.”

    Hope you enjoy!

  2. Oddly enough, I just received an email from Borders announcing 10% off and free delivery for their online range until midnight the 29th May using the voucher code ‘BAU-MAY10’.

    So you can get Blue Like Jazz from Borders here under this deal.

    I just ordered mine.

    • thanks Mario.

    • Thanks broseph. Have just ordered using the missus’ Credit Card. AWESOME.

      • mario you are the best! just ordered mine!

  3. Aren’t hipsters the new hippies?

    Anyway, this sounds like an interesting book. I might give it a try sometime.

    • Hippies had a cause, they had a world view, a mission – the cause of the hipster is to grow rubbish fringes and shrug their shoulders.

  4. Thanx for picking a book I read a few years back that I don’t feel pressured to read for this blog. You also might want to have a movie/video club, like the two I left with you last week. Might move things on a bit If things get quiet and mix the interest. Don’t need to publish this.
    By the way.. EGW never claimed to be a prohpet and never was an official member of the SDA church. Interesting.

    • Because you’re a special guy, the blog automatically posts your comments!

      I think the video thing might is a great idea – perhaps a bit less time consuming as well.

      Also, didn’t know that about Ellen White – interesting stuff, have fixed the post where I referred to her as the SDA prophet.

  5. Has anyone’s book arrived yet from Borders? I’m still waiting anxiously!

    • Yeah, mine’s just came in today – looking forward to getting stuck in… to this book.

  6. i read this book and enjoyed it at one level. for old times sake i put myself into my old sda mindset and from that point of view found it interesting, entertaining, even broadminded..and enlightening.

    then i came back to reality – he does not even have arguments for god’s existence, this is the biggest load of puerile nonsense i have had the misfortune to waste my time on. he talks about god as if he actually exists! then i realized that of course he does not have any logical explanation – he has the “just so ” mindset, from an educated point of view this book is a trifle, an insult to intelligence, he does not have any sane sensible arguments or reasons to believe, he believes because he believes.. even worse he does the straw man thing of pretending to deal with non Christian ( aka rational) criticism without seriously dealing with any of it and dismissed ideas other than his own…

    i was glad to read it to see what it was about, however on an intellectual level am deeply disappointed with the fluffiness. I sense that he is trying to “bottle” the experience factor, probably because a logical, thought out, reasoned approach eludes him.

    an annoying irony when he says writers are so poor – i suspect he makes lots of dosh with this tosh..

  7. Nerida or others – i have finished mine and it is not the sort of book i see myself wanting to refer to again, hardly reference material.. anyone in Melbourne is welcome to my copy, if i like you enough i might even post it to someone, perhaps mark as a spare?

    for something with real thinking can i suggest the god delusion as next book or the greatest show on earth or god is not great as a shortlist ( TGD 1st as it is probably the easiest read, the evolution book might be hard going for some )

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