Saturday, February 16, 2008

And even more contest fun!

OK, so I promise this isn't becoming a contest blog either but I found this one this morning and just had to share. Missy at It's Almost Naptime is giving away a copy of Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz. Here's a review I wrote for our MOPS newsletter:

This book has been out for almost 5 years and was even on bestseller lists, but I only found it a year ago when Donald Miller spoke at the National MOPS Convention. Somehow, it took me a year to get around to reading it—funny how that happens with 2 kids in the house, isn’t it? Anyways, once I finally read it this fall, I was extremely impressed and ending up giving this book to several relatives for Christmas.

Miller’s subtitle is “Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality” and that subtitle captures exactly what I like so much about the book. He has chapters with titles such as Faith, Redemption, Grace, Belief, and Worship, but with subtitles like Penguin Sex (the Faith chapter) and The Sexy Carrots (the Redemption chapter), this certainly isn’t your typical Christian bookstore find with lots of church talk.

Miller has a way of writing that makes a faith relationship with God seem so down-to-earth and almost inevitable. As he traces his own faith walk and how he came to have a personal relationship with God, he’s both logical and entertaining. He really knows how to make God both relevant and appealing in a way that makes this book a non-threatening read for anyone who isn't sure about the whole God concept.

His 2004 follow-up, Searching for God Knows What, is every bit as good and just as highly recommended.

So get thee to the giveaway! And pass it along once you're done reading, if you are so brave.

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