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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,810 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Miller Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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In Searching for God Knows What, Donald Miller's provocative and funny new audiobook, he explains that the greatest desire of every person is the desire for redemption.

Every person is constantly seeking redemption (or at least the feeling of it) in his or her life, believing countless gospels that promise to fix the brokenness. Typically, their pursuits include the desire for fulfilling relationships, successful careers, satisfying religious systems, status, and escape. Miller reveals how the inability to find redemption leads to chaotic relationships, self-hatred, the accumulation of meaningless material possessions, and a lack of inner peace. Listeners will learn to identify in themselves and within others the universal desire for redemption. They will discover that the gospel of Jesus is the only way to find meaning in life and true redemption.

Mature believers as well as seekers and new Christians will find themselves identifying with the narrative journey unfolded in the book, which is simply the pursuit of redemption.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 2/18/2014

    " In one metaphor, Don Miller explains the world's struggle for value, meaning, and significance, and God's great love for us. Amazing. Read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 2/6/2014

    " Not one of his best, but I read it when I was traveling and it happened to make a lot of sense at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this, but not as much as Blue Like Jazz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Faris | 1/21/2014

    " Miller's writing is engaging to me. He writes simply about what he is thinking about God. I absolutely love the analogy of everyone trying to stay in the lifeboat, but the boat isn't necessary because of Jesus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 1/19/2014

    " Tell you later...I like Donald Miller. This one is a little slow but I have found a few really awesome things here so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaysi | 1/13/2014

    " In Searching for God Knows What, Miller unpacks why the Christian faith cannot be whittled down to a three-step self-help program or some simplistic mathematical formula comprised of a few mere propositional beliefs. I was amazed, honestly, at how deftly this book laid out so much of the thinking God has been instilling in my own life this year...in Miller's understanding (and I agree), everything goes back to a time before the fall, when man was still living in peaceful, right relationships with God, with his fellow man, and with his environment. Once Adam & Eve were deceived into disobedience to the God who created and deeply loved them, they lost the security they had known as a result of their perfect relationship with God. Ever since, it has been obvious that man was designed to need to derive his sense of value from an outside source, but since our relationship with that source was broken, we've looked to acquire that sense of value from other men. This has created what Miller describes as a lifeboat mentality in which we are all vying to prove our importance and why we should be kept in this proverbial lifeboat (indicating in the process that other individuals who don't possess the same valuable qualities we do ought to be selected to be thrown overboard). Clearly, this sort of thinking has some very negative implications that play out with us manifesting ever deeper levels of brokenness in human relationships that first broke at the fall when our relationship with God was broken. The good news of Christianity is that in Jesus -- as a result of His redeeming death & resurrection -- our relationship with God can be restored, which means we can recover the security God designed us to live in. Too often we miss all of this, and Christianity becomes a mere argument we add to our slate of reasons why we should be kept in the lifeboat. However, when we begin to see the bigger picture and recognize the story God has been telling from the beginning of time, we begin to grasp that this was never meant to secure our position in the eyes of man but rather was meant to restore our security in God, which then allows us to throw away the lifeboat mentality and frees us up to live in humility, loving God and loving others and thereby fulfilling the law that was intended to restore the peaceful, right relationships man experienced before the fall with God, with his fellow man, and with his environment. Highly recommend this book, particularly to those who, like me, have grown up in church during a modernistic age that has so focused on propositional truths that we've nearly completely missed the narrative of God's work in the world from the beginning of its creation. I imagine Miller's thoughts here have opened many hearts to the depth of beauty in God's story. Quite possibly my favorite of his books, and there could not have been a more perfect time in my life for me to read it than toward then end of a year in which He has truly transformed my thinking in these very areas. On a side note, I purchased this book at Powell's Books during my first visit to Portland -- a trip that was largely inspired by my reading of other books by the Portland-based Miller (as well as books by fellow Portland-area author Matt Mikalatos) that have helped inform the process of transformation that has been taking place in my thinking this year. It was fun, then, to read his mentions of various Portland locations throughout this book after having been there myself. It really felt like a sort of culmination of this past year for me, not only as it relates to my understanding of my faith but also as it relates to the books I've read that have been instrumental in what God has been doing in my heart and the common thread of being set in Portland that has connected so many of them. I think this book will always have a special place in my heart because of all this. =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 1/3/2014

    " The writing is a bit immature, but at least it's not filled with a bunch of pompous ("aren't I so smart!) kind of words! He has a lot of great points that could really ruffle some feathers, but I feel they are spoken in love. I would recommend this book to everyone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dray | 12/11/2013

    " Pretty ramble-y. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 11/24/2013

    " More difficult to digest than Blue Like Jazz or Through Painted Deserts, probably because it's not as memoir-like as the other two, and the concepts he tackles are tougher. But it's worth reading because they are heavy and important concepts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 11/19/2013

    " Loved it, but not quite as much as Blue Like Jazz. This book definitely incorporates a more theological explanation of faith which I always enjoy but not as many stories, which I enjoy more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan | 8/28/2013

    " great read. by far the best of Don Miller's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MT | 8/10/2013

    " Excellent read. Miller has a sense of humor, an unusual way of looking at the Christian life...a way that many more should have. Extremely thought provoking and surprisingly insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli Best | 7/16/2013

    " More in-depth than Blue Like Jazz, very well-written. Not intended as a self-help book, but I found it changing a lot of my attitudes and negative thought processes. Great reading for a person on any side of faith who wants to know what it REALLY should look like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Johnhson | 2/27/2013

    " I want to reread this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Heine | 11/22/2012

    " Not as good as Blue Like Jazz, but still fun to read, and I find myself constantly discovering new ways in which I am simply comparing myself with others for no good reason other than to know that I'm "better" than they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Lake | 5/28/2012

    " Miller presents a compelling case for a relational gospel. Relational as a complement to a systemic theology. If there is a weakness here, it's Miller's assumption that the reader can follow his analogy to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' in the last chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi Schiedel | 1/4/2012

    " It took me way too long to read this book. I don't suggest reading it spread out over months like I did because you start to forget what the metaphors stand for and they are used continually throughout the book. Overall, I felt he has some good ideas, but the book as a whole is slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faith Bradham | 10/12/2011

    " I really didn't like this as well as "Blue Like Jazz". I thought it wasn't nearly as entertaining, and random. Not random in a good way either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel Spears | 7/28/2011

    " Romantic and amazing. A serious must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 5/31/2011

    " A fabulous read for believers and non-believers alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corrie | 3/25/2011

    " Best book I've read in a long time. I didn't want it to be over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/4/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/24/2011

    " In this book the author explores having a relationship with God and what this really means. He challenges the way that we measure ourselves against others in an attempt to gain validation from those around us and reminds us that what we really need is validation from God. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ktsue76 | 2/10/2011

    " I wanted to like it more than I did. Blue Like Jazz is one of my favorites...this one not so much..He went from "non-religious thoughts" to "religious thoughts" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/5/2011

    " If you want Don Miller's take on the gospel as relationship not formula, this is the book for you. I didn't connect with it as much as BLJ, but it was a quick, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonie | 1/30/2011

    " This book has challenged me to examine my relationship with Christ and my motivations. It also is helping me to understand our need to validation by other people and that validation will always come up lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 1/24/2011

    " The writing is a bit immature, but at least it's not filled with a bunch of pompous ("aren't I so smart!) kind of words! He has a lot of great points that could really ruffle some feathers, but I feel they are spoken in love. I would recommend this book to everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/7/2011

    " Miller holds up a mirror in front of all the ugly things about you. He makes you look at them. He makes you want to change them. Best of all he does it without making you feel shame or recrimination.

    This was a life altering read......... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/1/2011

    " I am reminded why I like this book so much, it is it's reminder that my relationship with Jesus is the cornerstone of everything else. God desires a relationship with me and to shine his glory through me, because I am his new creation. "

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About the Author
Author Donald Miller

Donald Miller started the Mentoring Project, an organization that helps churches start mentoring programs and pairs mentors with boys in need, in 2005. His work with the fatherless led the Obama administration to invite him onto the president’s task force on fatherlessness and mentoring. He is the director of The Burnside Writers Collective, an online magazine. He is a frequent speaker, appearing at events such as the Women of Faith Conference, the Democratic National Convention, and Harvard University. He still lives in Portland, Oregon with his dog Lucy.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.