Why is this a big deal to me? Big enough to blog about? If there is one book that has been a catalyst for change in my life it is BLJ by Donald Miller. And now, after a years in the making and a historic Kickstarter campaign that raised money for its release, BLJ has made its way from the page to the big screen…in the USA.
This annoys me.
Up until a few years ago, I had lived the vast majority of my life immersed in religious settings. For the longest time I believed that God was most present there. In 2005, a friend of mine gave me Blue Like Jazz which she had received for free at her college in California. I stayed up all night reading. It turned out that a chubby Baptist kid from Texas was mirroring my story, which was unfolding a world away in Southeast Asia’s only Catholic nation, the Philippines. Watching Don move from Bible belt Texas to largely secular Portland gave me ideas about “moving”, too.
If any of my longtime friends have ever wondered why I left my pastoral/evangelistic career—and why I believe that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made—you can blame Don Miller for starting me on the thought process that eventually changed my life.
Now, after years of dissatisfaction with my religious setting, I’ve moved on. And guess what? I’m generally happy—except about one thing: Blue Like Jazz the movie isn’t showing in the Philippines. I wonder if it ever will.
Thankfully, the third world is also known for another thing: PIRACY.
Good luck, Don Miller, Steve Taylor, Ben Something-or-other and all the folks behind the BLJ film! I wish you success, and I hope tons of people see it!
To my friends and family in the USA: go see Blue Like Jazz, an independent film based on your friend’s favorite book.
Ticket details on bluelikejazzthemovie.com