Blue Like Jazz

I have found a book that I am having trouble putting down.  So I am up too late reading.  I have seen it mentioned a few times and picked it up on the weekend when I was in Saskatoon.  Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller is an easy book to just keep on reading.  But it is not light reading – not really.  He says so much that is honest and real about living our lives in the light of having experienced the love of Jesus.

I liked what he said about noticing people around us that need to be loved. Loving them not in order to make them into Christians but just because they exist. 

I find it hard to love a person who has neglected themselves so badly that they smell,  have horribly rotten teeth and come with a lot of worn out luggage like addictions and poor self esteem.  Yet, I guess these who are valued at almost nothing by themselves or our society are the very ones Jesus would spend time with.  And I think I would like to hang around where Jesus is. 

To be honest, sometimes it has happened to me – being able to help someone in real need.  And it has been of more benefit to me than to them I think.  But I really hate it when I know I have passed up an opportunity, succumbing to the pressures of people around me who want to see these people speeded on their way or  the economic pressures  that make me say to myself “No, I shouldn’t do that.  We can’t afford it.” when God has never once failed to meet my needs.

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5 responses to “Blue Like Jazz

  1. What are you doing up so late?

  2. Linea

    If you asked the question, you were up later than me!! I was reading. Leo’s not home – its a good time to read.

  3. That was one I wanted to take back!

    I meant how are you doin, up so late, rather than the bleeding obvious which was what you are doing, as you already said what you were doing!!

    I may be loosing it…

  4. Sharon

    Aside from the question of who’s up late doing what……sounds like this book of yours confirms all I’ve been experiencing lately….loving folks just because it’s good to do that….developing trusting relationships….it’s what people want, just to be loved and trusted and to feel safe with you. Ya, I like that. Must be a good book.

  5. You should read this wonderful review of Blue Like Jazz. The guy who wrote it (the review, not the book) is a genius! Or so he says. 🙂