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Blue Like Jazz: Book Review

Here is my favorite quote from Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz, a collection of essays on Christian spirituality. Here is proof positive Miller can't be charged with being part of the Emerging Church Movement (or the neo-Quaker Movement as I call it).

One note: whoever edited this book should be seriously beaten. My grammar is atrocious, but the errors in this book are so incredible, even I saw them. I have taken the time to correct the grammar in the quote below:

I will love God because he first loved me. I will obey God because I love God, but if I cannot accept God’s love, I cannot love him in return, and I cannot obey him. Self-discipline will never make us feel righteous or clean; accepting God’s love will. The ability to accept God’s unconditional grace and ferocious love is all the fuel we need to obey him in return. Accepting God’s kindness and and free love is something the devil does not want us to do. If we hear, in our inner ear, a voice saying we are failures, we are losers, we will never amount to anything, this is the voice of Satan trying to convince the bride that the groom does not love her. This is not the voice of God. God woos us with kindness; he changes our character with the passion of his love.

I will say only one word: Amen.
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