'Creative Writer' Donald Miller to Speak in Chapel

Sept. 15, 2005

by Angie Best

Well-known author and speaker Donald Miller will address Baylor University students during Chapel at 10 and 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Waco Hall.

The author of "Blue Like Jazz," "Searching for God Knows What" and "To Own a Dragon," Miller is described by "Christianity Today" as "one of the evangelical book market's most creative writers."

Miller released his first book in 2000, "Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance," which will be re-released in 2005 under a different title. He has also written for a number of periodicals and is a frequent speaker, focusing on "the merit of Christian Spirituality as an explanation for beauty, meaning and the human struggle."

Currently, Miller is working with a team of Bible scholars and writers to paraphrase the Bible, with his focus being on the letters of Paul.

According to his Web site, Miller believes that "Christian Spirituality is not currently represented by one political party, that the gospel of Jesus is a mysterious, relational invitation and that the elements of story were caused by human and divine historical accounts," among other core beliefs.

Miller teaches a class called "The Gospel and Culture" each year at Summit College outside of Toronto. He lives in community in Portland, Ore.

For more information on Miller, visit www.bluelikejazz.com. Chapel can be viewed live at www.baylor.edu/um.

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