Author of "Blue Like Jazz" to Speak at Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-It's obvious that Donald Miller, the author of "Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality," likes to think outside the box. His non-fiction works reveal a writer who openly grapples with life and faith issues, disillusionment with the church, and intellectual curiosity in a challenging way. Miller will share his thoughts on life and religion in Cedarville University's Dixon Ministry Center on Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m.

The product of a single-parent Texas family, Miller left home at age 21 to travel the country. His journey ended when he ran out of money in Portland, Ore., and made the city his home.

His first book, "Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance," was released by Harvest House Publishers in 2000. After a few years of auditing classes and interacting with students at Reed College in Portland (a college once ranked by "The Princeton Review" as the place where "students are most likely to ignore God"), he produced his second and highly successful book, "Blue Like Jazz."

Since then Miller has released "Searching for God Knows What," "Through Painted Deserts," and, most recently, "To Own A Dragon," which is about growing up without a father. He desires to turn the momentum from this latest book into a mentoring and equipping foundation to help single moms and their children.

Miller also serves as the director of The Burnside Writers Collective, a collection of writers and thinkers who produce an online magazine ( He is the co-editor of "The Ankeny Briefcase," a biannual release of short stories from unpublished writers. For more information about Miller, visit

Admission to Miller's lecture is $3. Tickets may be purchased at the University's Information Desk in the Stevens Student Center or by calling 937-766-4491 or 1-866-612-0014. For general information, call the public relations office at 937-766-4159.