Monday, May 17, 2010

Searching For God Knows What

I usually don’t laugh out loud at books or movies. However, I laughed through the first chapter, “Fine Wine – The Failure of Formulas” of Donald Miller’s book Searching for God Knows What. I had read this book before as well as Blue Like Jazz, also by Miller. In this book, he looks at the gospel that is central to Christianity from an artistic and anecdotal perspective. He does not skew the truth yet invites the reader to imagine with him as he analyzes and muses about the gospel. Right from the beginning, I was reminded why I love his prose. He is immediately credible to me because he is so honest with his faults. His smart humor immediately engages the reader. His ideas are intriguing and will likely resonate with your soul. At the same time, he points out the many shortcomings of the church and shows its incompatibilities with the gospel of Christ. This doesn’t come across as judgmental but accurate.

Miller loves Jesus, this is obvious. He also loves God’s word. He savors the writings of scripture and engages his heart as he ponders it, the whole while entwining stories, one-liners, and word pictures into the pages.

This is an expanded edition of the original. There is an interactive game that is included. On the pages, you’ll find clues. Sometimes you’ll encounter a letter typeset in bold. Other times, there is a symbol appearing near the page number. Beginning in June 2010, participants can sign up to receive further clues by email, solve puzzles, and win prizes. The clues were actually a little annoying while reading, but I may sign up for the emails and participate.

I received a free copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson publishers as a part of my participation in booksneeze. The opinions are entirely mine.

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