“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”
“My blood is too thick for California: I have never been able to properly explain myself in this climate.”
“You better take care of me Lord, if you don’t you’re gonna have me on your hands.”
“Writers don’t make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don’t work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck’s book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man’s stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more.”
Don Miller calls the writing in Blue Like Jazz, “Non religious thoughts on Christian spirituality.” I think this is an apt description. A few friends of mine (who are in ministry) have labeled Miller lazy. They have wondered if he is someone to look up to. I think he is a bit lazy, from the stories he writes of himself in his past, but as far as someone to look up to; I think he fits the bill. He communicates faith in an accessible way and fleshes-out the subjects we all struggle with and areas where we have doubt in regards to our faith journey. I think this is a great book for Christians and Atheists and Muslims alike. I recommend it to anyone who wants to contemplate what or who they think God is and what we are in relation to Him. Plus, the book isn’t cheesy like so many other “Christian” books. For me that is HUGE.