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Monday, April 4, 2011

"It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things."

I found this book on the side of the road about 2 weeks ago called Blue Like Jazz. I've had to really try hard not to read it all at once, to tear myself away from its pages because it speaks to me so clearly. Strange thing about this is the fact that the book is about Christian Spirituality. I was raised around a lot of religion, therefore am quite against it, but the way Donald Miller -- the author -- puts it, he makes it sound genuine, true, powerful, and a way of living that surpasses any other religion or even spiritual teachings I've come across. Everything he says, about love, money, people, war, and lifestyles rings true in me. Highly recommended book to see life through the eyes of someone else, yet resonate even though the world says these views are "different".

I mainly believe God to be "Source", much broader than the Bible would state. I'm sure Jesus reigned and was above many of his people and beyond his time, but I do not owe my life to him nor this God "figure" they've instilled in the mind and ego. So although I do not agree with God being this important statue whom we must all give away our lives to, confess our sins to, and feel bad for not pleasing, Donald makes it easy for me to see that God is pretty much anything that I want it to be, and the teachings he talks about can be and are, most often, applied to my life already. It's amazing the parralels I've found in the way he sees Christian Spirituality and my own "nameless" views.

I could quote his entire book if I really wanted to. So you'll be seeing a lot of quotes coming up from him. Highly suggest reading this book!! Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller.

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