Christian parents do a great job these days of showing their kids only the media they need to actually be seeing. The proactivity of such measures raises a child to understand the difference between right and wrong. Though being properly raised in a Christian environment is important, there is no substitute for each young person asking their own questions. At the same time, there is a proper way to go about it. In Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller leaves his home to ask his own questions about life, faith, and most of all, his own identity.

This process of being in a quarter-life crisis has becoming increasingly popular amongst twenty-somethings. For this reason, Donald Miller, the real guy, not just the character in the Christian film, wrote Blue Like Jazz. The book offers different thoughts regarding the Christian faith and how things seem to be happening in society nowadays. In the film, Don leaves the Bible belt in Texas for the strange campus located at Reed College in Oregon. Don meets new people different than anyone he’s ever met before. These folks don’t believe the same things as Don and present their opinions in a way Don doesn’t really know how to handle. He begins to question his own faith and whether or not what he’s been raised in is actually true.

Believe it or not, your children will and should ask themselves these very questions. It’s important, though, that they be ready to handle those questions with poise rather than shock. Don moves forward, learning lessons regarding the validity of Jesus’ claims amidst the blatant hypocrisy he encounters in the church. Now, more than ever, it is thoroughly important for young people to be prepared properly to ask the important questions in life. You can find Blue Like Jazz at


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