10 Reasons to Read An Authentic Derivative, a novel by Caleb Coy

1o Reasons to Read An Authentic Derivative, A Novel By Caleb Coy:
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  1. It’s SO Indie right now!
    The author is publishing it himself.
  2. The author used IndieGoGo to raise funds!
    The book was funded by a community of readers.
  3. It will increase your vocabulary!
    It has words like obsequious, mendacious, and premonitory.
  4. It includes art by Nashville resident and graphic artist Bud Thomas!
    Not just on the cover, but in the pages themselves
  5. It features Wilco, Nick Cave, Jack White, The Decembrists, Radiohead, Ben Kweller, Modest Moust, and other band names references throughout!unnamed-1
  6. The author was inspired by writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Donald Miller, J.D. Salinger, Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace!
  7. The story explores the struggles of millennials to live authentic, meaningful lives amidst the shifting values and conflicting scenes they occupy!
  8. Character analyze relationships to a degree that you might learn something about the person you’re dating!
  9. It’s pretty short. Like it’s not a real big commitment. This isn’t War and Peace we’re talking about.
  10. You get to make fun of hipsters! Check it out! Read the first seven pages for free!

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Book Review: Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

I am not attacking right theology. I am simply making theology a window rather than a wall.”

I had not read anything by Donald Miller since reading both Blue Like Jazz and it’s companion book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” Then my brother recommended Searching for God Knows What. I was searching for a good book. Donald Miller was searching for God. Again. In a way, I was reminded of how I seek after God, even when I think I’m not.
Sometimes Donald Miller, founder of Storyline Blog, feels like being a Christian is like trying to be in the circus, and everyone is watching him to make sure he does everything right and doesn’t mess up. In fourteen chapters of deeply personal writing (with titles like “Santa Takes a Leak,” “Why Nudity is the Point,” and “How to Kill your Neighbor”) Miller dares us to see Christianity as something not defined by formula, but by relationship.

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“The Reason Some Theologians are Arrogant and How to Avoid the Pride Trap” by Donald Miller

“The Reason Some Theologians are Arrogant and How to Avoid the Pride Trap” by Donald Miller

The Reason Some Theologians are Arrogant and How to Avoid the Pride Trap

by Donald Miller

In sum: Knowledge Puffs Up.

_Blue Like Jazz_: the Book, the Film, the Thoughts

“I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened…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?”

I came across Donald Miller as a group at my church were studying his memoir, and then as my brother introduced me to him.  Donald Miller’s memoir of reflective essays, Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, is a book that is refreshingly honest, complexly painful, and creatively provocative.  It successfully reaches both Christians and non-Christians as an audience.
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