Blue Like Jazz: just motions

I had finished reading Blue Like Jazz a while ago.  I pretty much underlined the whole book.  Well, ok, not exactly, but there were a lot of things that I thought were interesting.  When I was reading it at WCC last month, a lady was curious about what the book was about.  When I explained to her it was about this guy who does not put on this super-spiritual pretense that is so common today, but finds Jesus’ relevance for everyday life, she asked if I was reading it because I wanted to understand other people better or if I identified with the main character.  I answered with the latter.

I believe the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time.  This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious.  If he can sink a man’s mind into habit, he will prevent his heart from engaging God. ~Blue Like Jazz, p. 13

It’s so sad when Christians do things just for the sake of doing things.  How easy it is to forget why it is that we do the things we do.  There was so much in the book that every other page is dog-eared.  It was eerie how similar my thoughts are to the author’s.  However, there was a lot of stuff that was just out there.  Easy and fun read anyhoo.  2 thumbs up.


sacrod March 21, 2006 Reply

sounds like an interesting book I might like to read someday…

nut March 22, 2006 Reply

ha! I think to add onto it, the devil also works in the hearts of Christians who criticize other christians for being not so "religious"… because of their style of worship or the way they live. That sucks too.

beej March 22, 2006 Reply

yeah, we're not called to be judgmental….

Andrew March 22, 2006 Reply

Sounds like you really got into that book. I once wrote a snarky (but sincere) review of it. You can find it here.


P.S. – My review itself suffers from poor reviews (only two out of five stars on the Ooze's rate-o-meter).

penguingolfer89 March 22, 2006 Reply

I don't like peeps who are judgmental. Even if they say "your so Christian like". I mean come on I'm not perfect. That really gets to me.

The devil is at work, he is the god of this age.

2 Cor 4:4-7

In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for, Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

beej March 25, 2006 Reply

Snarky, eh? I love GenX-speak an easy read…

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