“Blue Like Jazz”: Embrace messy spirituality

Over a week later and I am still reeling from meeting author Donald Miller, director Steve Taylor, and actor Marshall Allman. Oh and then there was actually getting to watch Blue Like Jazz. The glorious film.


Don, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America. (Source: IMDB)

 Why I liked this movie:

  • Blue Like Jazz captured the extremes of ultra-religious and ultra-hedonistic (I’ve had conversations that have oriented from the book and now the movie. This movie is a great beginning to opening dialogue about life.)
  • Successfully made a genre-breaking film: It is possible to make a quote unquote Christian film of quality minus cheesiness and overt “churchese”.
  • Blue Like Jazz is unflinchingly honest. Yes, the truth will set you free and make you very uncomfortable.
  • Blue Like Jazz doesn’t seek to judge hypocrites but the film addresses hypocrisy. (Hypocrisy feeds and thrives where truthfulness, honesty, and authenticity are discouraged.)
  • Reveals there is a disconnect in Christian culture and understanding why Christians believe what they believe.
  • Blue Like Jazz actually shows “Christian” people interacting with people with differing viewpoints. Even having friendships with these people. Just like real life.
  • I enjoyed how funny, thoughtful, and relevant the movie is.
  • This film embraces messy spirituality. Think about all the people in this world who are afraid they are completely alone in their feelings and situations. This movie is a lifeline: You are not alone.

Jazz is like life because it doesn’t resolve. But what if we’re not alone? What if all these stars are notes on a page of music swirling in the blue like jazz?
– Don
Blue Like Jazz opens Friday, April 13, 2012.
Go. See. It.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s