It’s been six years since Donald Miller first released “Searching For God Knows What.” The latest ‘expanded edition’ is even more fun and interesting to read than the original. Miller’s self-revealing essays are not light little observations of life’s passing parade. Instead, they deeply probe issues of faith and relationships – and they are adeptly tied together on a variety of themes. Pay attention as you read about nudity in chpt 5 or the lifeboat theory in chpt 8. The core of Miller’s book is the search for an non-formulaic narrative of the Gospel. If the Bible is God’s story of creation, provision, and redemption then shouldn’t we find a non-propositional way to tell God’s story? Was this incredible story of grace and forgiveness meant to be reduced to Gothard-like bullet points or steps that can be contained in a convenient tract? Good questions. And I appreciate Miller’s willingness and ability to raise them.
The expanded edition contains some new material. There is an additional afterword by Miller that presents a theory of why we behave the way we do. It’s a very thoughtful piece and one in which Miller invites the reader’s feedback to further develop the theory. If that’s not enough to get you to pick up a new release of existing book, then perhaps a gimmick will do the trick! There is a “game hidden in the book with clues, anagrams, and codes that unlock prizes and secret content.” Who says reading books about the Christian faith can’t be fun!
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