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Candid Perspective on being a follower of Christ

  • Jul 6, 2010

When I picked up this book, I didn't know what to expect.  As I began to read, I felt connected to the reader.  His experiences with religion were very truthful and often funny. There were at times in the beginning where I wasn't quite sure what Donald's religious faith was.  As I continued to read, I realized he was totally devoted to Jesus Christ and did not necessary follow a "religion." It was refreshing.

As I continued to read Don's perspective and experiences with religion, I realized that in many ways, I could relate to his situations.  There was a few spots in the book that moved me, especially when some of his atheist friends became Christian. My perspective is that this is the message Jesus wanted - to love all others - not just "religious" people.  When you do that, they will soon grow to love Him as well.

Donald has some great anecdotes that keep the reader interested. He talks of his experiences with "Christians" who gave him a negative view on religion.  He talks highly of his friends, Christian or not.  The most entertaining stories come from his experiences at a non-religious college he attended in Oregon.

As a writer and a Christian, I really related to Donald Miller's book.  I think he has great insight and is able to pass along his perspective in a raw, truthful way. He does not judge and welcomes a diverse group of people into his life.  You can see this in his book. I truly enjoyed Miller's style and this book and look forward to reading more of his work.

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Miller (Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance) is a young writer, speaker and campus ministry leader. An earnest evangelical who nearly lost his faith, he went on a spiritual journey, found some progressive politics and most importantly, discovered Jesus' relevance for everyday life. This book, in its own elliptical way, tells the tale of that journey. But the narrative is episodic rather than linear, Miller's style evocative rather than rational and his analysis personally revealing rather than profoundly insightful. As such, it offers a postmodern riff on the classic evangelical presentation of the Gospel, complete with a concluding call to commitment. Written as a series of short essays on vaguely theological topics (faith, grace, belief, confession, church), and disguised theological topics (magic, romance, shifts, money), it is at times plodding or simplistic (how to go to church and not get angry? "pray... and go to the church God shows you"), and sometimes falls into merely self-indulgent musing. But more often Miller is enjoyably clever, and his story is telling and beautiful, even poignant. (The story of the reverse confession booth is worth the price of the book.) The title is meant to be evocative, and the subtitle-"Non-Religious" thoughts about "Christian Spirituality"-indicates Miller's distrust of the institutional church and his desire to appeal to those experimenting with other flavors of spirituality.
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ISBN-10: 0785263705
ISBN-13: 978-0785263708
Author: Donald Miller
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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