Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

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The Story – TNIV
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  1. Lantz says:

    Just finished "Fathered by God" by John Eldredge. Started "So Beautiful" by Len Sweet. Picked up "Blue Parakeet" yesterday at the library.


  2. merry says:

    Hi Trey. I just started reading your blog again after a year or so hiatus.

    I read Blue Like Jazz last week. It was very interesting and made me think a lot. Then I read The Great Divorce by CS Lewis, and now I'm reading The Great Compromise by Greg Laurie. I just realized the similarity in titles of those two books. They are much different books though.

    And I'm reading 1 John.

  3. merry says:

    Oh, and I'm also reading various resources on dyslexia, but that doesn't have much to do with the other books.

  4. Robin Brannon says:

    Besides the ESV Bible (just started Proverbs, Deuteronomy, Hosea, and halfway through 2 Timothy in the reading plan) I'm currently reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (great book!), and I have on my queue How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, and UnChristian by David Kinnaman. Then I'll probably read a western for fun.

  5. L.C.T. says:

    I read Blue Like Jazz a while ago and thought it was great. Also read the Shack recently, a book called ministry mutiny and a study called road trip. All highly recommended (although the last one is for women!)

    Also read a great crime book, but can't remember what it was called!

  6. outnumberedlisa says:

    I'm reading books that have been recommended as possible Bible studies for the ladies at church: Captivating, by John & Staci Eldridge, and Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson.

  7. Donna G says:

    I am reading
    Everything is Spiritual by Rob Bell and The Blue Parakeet.

    I loved Blue Like Jazz

  8. Stoogelover says:

    I read Blue Like Jazz several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been reading biographies on Lincoln and started a book by a former Islamic terrorist by the name of Shoebat. His book is "Why We Want to Kill You." Had it on my desk at the funeral home for a while when suddenly I realized it was not an appropriate book to have at a funeral home!! Almost finished with the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War … very, very interesting book.

  9. Dawn Jenkins says:

    I am reading The Oath (got your suggestion off of Charla's blog) and Crazy Love (for the second time-it is CHANGING my life)

  10. LauraLee Shaw says:

    Great reads, Trey. I'm reading "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper, "Belief Matters" by Pete Briscoe & "Anonymous" a 3rd time by Alicia Brit Chole.

  11. Patrick Mead says:

    I am re-reading "God of the Possible" by Greg Boyd.

    I am also reading two books by Robert Gilmore on quantum physics and "1491 — The Americas before the Europeans" by Charles Mann

  12. Soren says:

    Re-reading "Visoneering" by Andy Stanley (for a men's study group),
    "Crazy Horse and Custer" by Stephen Ambrose, and "The Reason for God" by Tim Keller.

  13. Nelson's Mama says:

    I've had "Blue Like Jazz" on deck for a while and just haven't gotten around to it.

    Just finished "Who Stole My Church?" and highly recommend it.

  14. David says:

    I am currently reading:

    The Origin of Wealth, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, The Science of Leonardo, and Saving Jesus From The Church.

    Saving Jesus From The Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus is by a VERY liberal author, but the overall message is intriguing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Just got done with college classes, so I finally had time to pick up some books of my own.

    Went to Borders and picked up "The Shack". It came highly recommended by a dear friend. :) The other that was recommended was not in stock so it will have to be ordered off Amazon.

    I also picked up "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" by Joanna Weaver and "Love Beyond Reason" by John Ortberg. Have you heard any input on either one of these?

    Still reading Proverbs. Had a rough week, so I somewhat strayed and read some chapters that I thought would better my situation. But I am picking it back up again.

    Look forward to seeing you SOON!! :)

    M of the S

  16. cwinwc says:

    Ed Fudge's commentary on Hebrews

  17. Matthew says:

    I am reading, "Leading from the Second Chair." A great book on working in a church culture and with elders.

  18. Janice Garrison says:

    I read the bible daily, I’m also reading Edward Fudge’s book on Hebrew’s, will soon read Church on the Couch and The Blue Parakeet. I’ve read the Shack twice, loved it both times.

  19. Shan in Japan says:

    Thanks for doing this kind of thing. I am a missionary so blogs that ask this question are where I get my info on what is good to be reading these days.

    I just finished Crazy Love-as someone else said, changed my life.

    Read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha world several years ago and recommend it to the person who asked about it.

    Now I am reading No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come as you are Culture in the the Church.

    Making my list from suggestions here! Thanks!

  20. Evan Williams says:

    i just finished "Living God's Love – an invitation to Christian Spirituality" by Gary Holloway and Earl Lavender

    and i liked it alot
    if you get a chance read it

  21. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for the recommendation on "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World"! I appreciate it!

    After hearing several people comment on "Crazy Love", I think I am going to look into it.

    Thanks to all who gave suggestions! I've got several on my list now.

    Caleta May aka "M of the S"

  22. TREY MORGAN says:

    I've really enjoyed going through and compiling a list of books I'd like to read from all your suggestions.

    This has been fun.

  23. AliasLottie says:

    The Story sounds like an interesting concept – might have to look it up.

    I'm currently reading "The Bookseller of Kabul" by Asne Seierstad. And "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte. :)

  24. jel says:

    books that i have read,

    and "Salty like Blood"
    by Harry Kraus

    The Centurion's Wife
    By Davis Bunn&Janette Oke
    is a good one too! :)

  25. Tiffany says:

    Im reading Blue Like Jazz myself…almost done. Everyone I know said it is an amazing book but I just cant seem to like it that much.

    However, my next read is Redeming Love.

    Hope all is well.


  26. Terry says:

    I'm reading "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis. I have not read it in 20 years, so I wanted to read it again.

    Then, I'm planning on reading "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper again. If I were forced to limit my library to a Bible and one other book, it would be "Don't Waste Your Life."

  27. Terry Rush says:

    I just finished "Same Kind of Different As Me". Best book I ever read.

  28. Hannah Grace says:

    I am so glad you are reading blue like jazz..I read it awhile ago and I must tell you that it changed my life and the way I view things now..can't wait to hear your thoughts on it :)

  29. steve v. says:

    It's been a while since I last commented but some of the great books I've just finished are:
    Leveticus and Hebrews
    1. Wild at Heart, Jon Eldridge (for the third time)-read this one before you read
    2. Fatherd by God (same author) going to start this one for the second time.
    3. Waking the Dead, Jon Eldridge (4 times)
    4. Mere Christianity
    5. Twilight – it's interesting how the author dealt with having a natural craving for something bad but wanting to be something better.

    Enjoy brother and we're praying for the AIMers too.
    Steve Valentine

  30. Dusty Chris says:

    "Spiral Dynamics" by Don Beck and "The Reason for God" by Keller. WOW. I understand only about 5% of the Spiral dynamic book but that 5% is eye opening and some of the most fascinating informationI have ever read about change…in the church and in society.

  31. jerriann says:

    I just finished Crazy Love.

  32. jrsheets says:

    1) ESV Study Bible
    2) "Desiring God" by John Piper
    3) "The Pleasures of God" by John Piper.
    4) "Religion Saves: And Nine other Misconceptions" by Mark Driscoll.
    5) "A Cross-Centered Life" by CJ Mahaney
    6) "Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community" by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

    Basically, I love reading any and all books that love the Jesus and God of the Bible and don't try to explain Him away or teach false doctrine (like so many books christians are reading these days).

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