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Searching for God Knows What By Donald Miller Searching for God Knows What In Searching for God Knows What Donald Miller s provocative and funny book he shows readers that the greatest desire of every person is the desire for redemption Every person is constantly seeking r

  • Title: Searching for God Knows What
  • Author: Donald Miller
  • ISBN: 9780785263715
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Searching for God Knows What By Donald Miller In Searching for God Knows What, Donald Miller s provocative and funny book, he shows readers that the greatest desire of every person is the desire for redemption Every person is constantly seeking redemption or at least the feeling of it in his or her life, believing countless gospels that promise to fix the brokenness Typically their pursuits include the desire foIn Searching for God Knows What, Donald Miller s provocative and funny book, he shows readers that the greatest desire of every person is the desire for redemption Every person is constantly seeking redemption or at least the feeling of it in his or her life, believing countless gospels that promise to fix the brokenness Typically their pursuits include the desire for fulfilling relationships, successful careers, satisfying religious systems, status, and escape Miller reveals how the inability to find redemption leads to chaotic relationships, self hatred, the accumulation of meaningless material possessions, and a lack of inner peace Readers will learn to identify in themselves and within others the universal desire for redemption They will discover that the gospel of Jesus is the only way to find meaning in life and true redemption Mature believers as well as seekers and new Christians will find themselves identifying with the narrative journey unfolded in the book, which is simply the pursuit of redemption.In Searching for God Knows What, best selling author Donald Miller invites you to reconnect with a faith worth believing With humor, intelligence, and his trademark writing style, he shows that relationship is God s way of leading us to redemption And our need for redemption drives us to relationship with God Being a Christian, Miller writes, is like falling in love than understanding a series of ideas
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    1. chris tierney on said:

      These days I am afraid and ashamed to admit that I m a Christian I m afraid because I know as soon as the word leaves my mouth I ll be associated with people who hate homosexuals and science classes, people who cast every vote as though abortion is the only issue, people who think God wants us to drop bombs in Iraq because He only loves America I m ashamed because I don t do enough to counteract that stereotype I don t explain that it doesn t matter to me whether homosexuality is sinful or not [...]

    2. Amanda on said:

      Where do I begin First, this is the first Donald Miller book I ve read It seems like every other reviewer has read Blue Like Jazz, so I feel obligated to admit I haven t Secondly, I really expected to and wanted to like this book And I did like it, but only 3 stars worth Here s why.The first thing is the writing style I totally get that Miller wanted to be informal and conversational, but he spent so much time meandering around whatever topic was at hand that it drove me nuts I felt like a plane [...]

    3. Kaysi on said:

      In Searching for God Knows What, Miller unpacks why the Christian faith cannot be whittled down to a three step self help program or some simplistic mathematical formula comprised of a few mere propositional beliefs I was amazed, honestly, at how deftly this book laid out so much of the thinking God has been instilling in my own life this year Miller s understanding and I agree , everything goes back to a time before the fall, when man was still living in peaceful, right relationships with God, [...]

    4. Kristi on said:

      This author annoys me I like his focus on the relational specifically, that it s all about having a relationship w Jesus His love for Jesus shows Unfortunately, that love hasn t permeated his heart for how he writes about the religious right and FOX news and various strawman conservative views that he self righteously bashes and knocks down He caricatures these views maybe from reading the NY Times he doesn t seem to know a lot about conservative philosophy while claiming that his views are pur [...]

    5. Matt on said:

      Lately I ve found trying to argue for against a God with my atheists friends to be pretty challenging After reading this one, I get the feeling that one of the big reasons why it s hard to argue propositionally for a God is because it s a relationship You can t measure it with a Cosmo quiz Trouble is, modern Christianity and heck, the Pharisees nothing changes are obsessed with checklists and rules and spelling everything out.Isn t love about a sort of loose interplay on each other s behalf Bein [...]

    6. Austin on said:

      It seems nearly heresy to explain the gospel of Jesus, this message an infinitely complex God has delivered to an infinitely complex humanity, in bullet points Yet, as Miller explains with insight and humor, is all too common in today s society People of all beliefs and agendas try to use God and Jesus to fight for their point of view and against all others, polarizing the world This is not what Jesus taught A true relationship with God is just that, a relationship, not a list of morality points [...]

    7. Elizabeth on said:

      The main premise, repeated ad nauseum, in Donald Miller s Searching For God Knows What is that the Bible is relational that is, not to be broken down into cheap bullet points and formulas As one who s long been frustrated with the fill in the blank worksheets passed around at most of the church services I ve attended I rarely fill them out, preferring to get lost in the sermon and the atmosphere of church itself, as much as possible I was intrigued by the theme and anxious to see what Donald Mil [...]

    8. Giedra on said:

      Themes things I gleaned We want the Bible to be formulas, but it s not Everyone wants to be validated, to feel important and valuable Most everything humans do it about trying to get this kind of validation But human love validation has to be given again and again to give us a sense of security God s love, on the other hand, in the ideal state, would instill our souls with such affirmation we would need ntohing and it would cause us to love others so much we would be willing to die for them.Ada [...]

    9. Matt on said:

      A different tone than Blue Like Jazz which was a surprise hit when it came out You can see the increase in maturity and thoughtfulness as he handles this one not so careless with volatile subjects as he used to be He s obviously experienced many complicated things since then His thoughtfulness and honesty are what made Blue Like Jazz good, and this one s just as strong in regard to both those qualities.The thing that bothers me when I read Donald Miller, is that he seems to assume non followers [...]

    10. Kristiina on said:

      Donald Miller has once again written a book that brings you into a personal understanding of who Jesus is and the deep importance of loving everyone as He loves them I personally resonated with his description of life boat politics and how Jesus never wanted us to be in the lifeboat He constantly reminds the reader that Christianity is not something that can be understoof in a list of steps or through doctrinal formulas A look at scripture and how Jesus interacted with those around Him shows us [...]

    11. Joshua Weichhand on said:

      Ehh, this seemed to be Donald Miller s moment of I m a christian lit superstar and here s my new book to prove it Poor writing not that most evangelicals would notice yet again, but I suppose in retrospect, it served a purpose in my life though now, I forget what it was.Truthfully, I might just feel that this is when Donald Miller chose to permanently stifle himself by allowing some evangelical publisher to brand him as the cool christian author who pushes the boundaries by talking about microbr [...]

    12. Karson on said:

      He has a long section about Jesus that I remember liking His lifeboat theory is what i remember most from this book Basically that people feel accepted when they are leaving someone else out Your not in unless you can point to who is out It makes you feel extra smug when there is some outcast you can concretely point to Erik Erikson s theories of identity are in line with this When you are forming your identity you need two things A group of people you identify with, and a group of people you a [...]

    13. Joshua on said:

      Donald Miller represents the worst aspects of religion His stories are entertaining until he begins to preach about Jesus, then this book turns into a lesson in intolerance and looking down on others The worst part is there s an entire chapter on not judging others, which Miller effectively undoes through his comments and attitudes towards other religions.

    14. Maggie Lowe on said:

      I first encountered this book in an ad in a magazine in the early 2000s I was intrigued by the title and bought it the next time I was in a store I have sat on it since then and decided, God s timing and all, that it would be my first book of 2018.I was blown away Miller s writing style suits me fine with the sarcasm, the blatant honesty, and the dry, yet spot on, hilarity The things he learns from the various experiences in his life point toward a way of understanding even the most mundane thin [...]

    15. Jason Lilly on said:

      Loved it Don s honest and transparent questions about faith and love and life and existence are refreshing because every Christian has them, even the most hard nosed devout theologian Don is a great writer, and even when I don t agree with him which is less often in this book than in BLJ I feel like if we met we would talk about these things respectfully and lovingly That s what I love about his books It feels a lot like having a really profound conversation with a good friend.

    16. Laura on said:

      I can t remember how old I was when my school teacher presented the lifeboat scenario, but I do remember the discussion I had with my mom later that day She said, We don t throw anyone out of the lifeboat We work together and figure out how everyone can live Donald Miller suggests that the lifeboat rules our lives We are all desperate to prove that we deserve a seat But Jesus, had no regard for the lifeboat politics you and I live within every day He believed a great deal of absurd ideas, such a [...]

    17. Teri Peterson on said:

      I d forgotten some things about Donald Miller s writingmely, that he uses so much exclusive language man, He, etc , and that his style is so casual as to sometimes be boring and repetitive The concept of the book that God wants us to be in relationship, not to follow a formula for faith is, I think, pretty much right on Near the end of the book he says When Jesus gets inside somebody, the first thing that starts happening is the person starts loving people regardless of their race, their socio e [...]

    18. Becky on said:

      I love Donald Miller s writing style and the honesty and candor he expresses in his books and blog Overall I have to give this just 3 stars, just because there was some inconsistency throughout Some parts were wonderful, but other parts, like the circus and Romeo and Juliet, I thought extended too long and stretched certain metaphors However, there were a lot of amazing moments in this book, and it helped change the way I think about the Gospel and my relationship with Jesus I think I was expect [...]

    19. Cori on said:

      The title Searching for God Knows What is really applicable to Donald Miller s writing style he sort of meanders and wends his way around everyday thoughts about Jesus and God, as well as deep theological ideas which he manages to approach in a very accessible, self deprecating, somewhat winsome style It may not be for everyone, but I find it beautiful in its searching simplicity and humility.A lot of what he talks about in this book has resonated deeply within me, and is related a lot to some o [...]

    20. Anne on said:

      I ve discovered that even Donald Miller has his limits Okay okay okay, the book wasn t bad Truth, I did enjoy some parts of it, and even strongly considered underlining some passages before remembering that I was borrowing the book from my brother and he might not appreciate that, then I figured maybe I should just write down the quotes I liked, but that would ve required a lot of work at the time getting up, finding paper, a pen, etc then actually writing it all out and it just didn t seem all [...]

    21. Lisa on said:

      Donald Miller is not content to follow the masses in regards to the Christian faith He wants to help repair the broken views of our religion and bring believers back to a meaningful relationship with our true love, Jesus Searching for God Knows What conveys the importance of this life changing relationship while trying to expose what Christianity isn t.When I read Miller s Blue Like Jazz, I devoured each page, excited to unexpectedly read thoughts so similar to mine Searching for God Knows What [...]

    22. J. Allen on said:

      I particularly liked this book because the author does not hold back on his willingness to go out on a limb then wrap it up in an easily comprehensible package that makes not good but great sense I tripped out on the fact that he writes in a manner that my mind frequently operates in, different and bold about it At times I was at the verge of skepticism, thinking that he may be a bit out there , then Mr Miller would drive his point home beautifully He is not held hostage inside the box , that s [...]

    23. Jen Shank on said:

      This book was very insightful Very Miller y feel to it However, did dip in to interpreting the scriptures which is not my personal fav I could have done with out a lot of this book There were quite a few things I did love though My favorite passage was all about validation and how we seek it most within our closest group of friends I even blogged about this Good, important lesson Some memorable quotes we are, perhaps, even obsessed, in the church, with the stuff culture is obsessed with We are [...]

    24. Erin on said:

      I get this feeling sometimes that after the world ends, when God destroys all our buildings and our flags, we will wish we had seen everybody as equal, that we had eaten dinner with prostitutes, held them in our arms, opened up spare rooms for them and loved them and learned from them I was just another stupid child in the flow, you know I didn t know any of these things I didn t know it didn t matter what a person looked like, how much money they made or whether or not they were cool I didn t k [...]

    25. Joffre Swait on said:

      I wasn t able to finish it, although I gave it the old college try Unfortunately, Donald Miller is the first writer I ve run across who writes exactly the way I would write if I were parodying him.The first chapter was interesting enough, but by the second chapter he was beginning paragraphs with the phrase You know My reaction to that Don t call me buddy, friend The cover had an endorsement from The Oregonian comparing Miller to Annie LaMott Annie LaMott is beautiful This book read like a 9th g [...]

    26. Christen on said:

      This is not Miller s best work What was most interesting to me about this work is that he points out how much time we spend judging other people Also, he makes the observation that many Christians have narrowed Christianity down to accepting propositions of theology instead of accepting a relationship I will probably continue to ponder those two ideas, but the rest of the book, meh Romeo and Juliet rolling my eyes I recommend Blue Like Jazz or What I Learned While Editing My Life as far superior [...]

    27. Amanda on said:

      Christianity is than just trying to wage a morality war This may sound sentimental and like I m wishing for sunshine and bunnies, but it s true Living life as a follower of Jesus is not about waging war on people who think differently than us, it s about loving the unloved like Jesus did Jesus hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors and loved them all Each and every one of them If we won t do that as followers of Christ, then are we really followers of Christ This book spoke to my heart Ne [...]

    28. Amy on said:

      Once again, what I really want to say is 4.5 stars I loved Miller s Blue Like Jazz and was really excited to grab this one on sale While some of what Miller talks about in this book is less than original, I loved his ideas about Jesus and politics It was refreshing to hear someone speak so candidly about the misuse of the Lord s name in politics A great read for anyone looking for some down to earth Christian living advice.

    29. Brad Blackman on said:

      Fantastic read It gave me a lot of validity to my creative approach to Jesus, in that our relationship to Jesus is exactly that, a relationship and not a series of steps to go through It really underscores our human need for _story_ in a deep way This past few months I have come to learn my own story better, and I see a great need for people to understand their own story as well as God s story.

    30. Blake on said:

      I would suggest this book to any of my Christian friends for the sheer comical genius of the author Donald Miller Not only does he somehow hit a home run with this whimsical humor, but it s almost like talking to my friend Christopher, or Mark while reading it With his vivid imagination, and the scenario s he makes from his imagination, they had me laughing out loud while reading it And at the whole time, still getting his opinions of God out there as cement as his humor.

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