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Searching For God Knows What – Book Review

June 23, 2010

Searching for God Knows What

By Donald Miller

Publisher’s Synopsis: “Hysterically funny, wryly provocative, and disquietingly insightful, Searching for God Knows What invites readers to examine their deep need for redemption, to feel it, know it, and live like it is true in their lives.

Miller weaves phenomenal characters and true-to-life spectacles into his acclaimed memoir style to enrich, inspire, entertain, and ultimately challenge readers to see life in a new way. He shows that one of the greatest desires of every person is the desire for redemption, to have brokenness repaired. Instead of the chaotic relationships, self-hatred, wreckless consumerism, and anxiety that overrun a life without redemption, Miller uncovers the beauty and power of the Gospel to fulfill one of our deepest needs.”

Hmmm, where to start.  I finally finished this book, it took me almost two months.  I love books and can read a good one in less than 24 hours.  Mr. Miller’s book was painful.  Not because he takes you on some deep spiritual journey.  It’s more because you feel like you’re sitting in a chair waiting for a root canal.

Most of the things that I read, before choosing this book to review, talked about his wit and wonderful writing style.  He does use humor, I’ll give him that.  Unfortunately, I think I laughed in places he didn’t intend and rolled my eyes or groaned when he was trying to be funny.  There are things I’d like to ask him – like “did you seriously not know the difference between fiction and non-fiction?”  and if so “HOW?”

To be fair though, I refused to put it down.  I have this issue with not finishing a book.  I could tell that he was on the right track, so I simply HAD to know if he ever found it.  He does…eventually.  By the time we got to chapter 10, I was even enjoying some of his writing style.  SOME of it.

Mr. Miller does have some good examples of how Christianity should be a relationship with Christ and not some formula out of a textbook.  He doesn’t delve into theology (that wasn’t his purpose in this book), but he does continually direct the reader back to tossing aside the formula of religion and looking for that “thing” to complete us in our Savior and not in the opinions of those around us.

I also found it odd that an author chose a book about tossing aside formulas, to have  a game within the book where the reader can look for clues and win prizes.  Just seemed odd to me.

I was glad to look through other reviews on this book and see that some people have enjoyed it.  Personally, it just was not my cup of tea.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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