Any dude who is writing about his daydream of watching TV with a space alien and the naked Adam and Eve is OK by me. Donald Miller’s book is actually titled “Searching For God Knows What”. I enjoy his writing style – witty, poignant and articulate. Most of all, he confidently is willing to expose his own weaknesses. When once asked “why did you write this book?” Miller answered “I am broken, I like to write, but basically, subconsciously, I just want people to like me.” And so it is since the fall of man, when Adam and Eve sinned, eating of the tree of good and evil. “Searching For God Knows What” is a refreshing story of Miller’s ideas of what faith is all about.
Miller states “what we really need is God. What we really need is somebody who loves us so much we don’t worry about death, about our hair thinning, about other drivers pulling in front of us on the road, about whether people are poor or rich, good-looking or ugly, about whether we feel lonely, or about whether or not we are wearing clothes. We need this; we need this so we can love other people purely and not for selfish gain, we need this so we can see everybody as equals, we need this so our relationships can be sincere, we need this so we can stop kicking ourselves around, we need this so we can loose all self-awareness and find ourselves for the first time not by realizing some dream, but by being told who we are by the only being who has the authority to know, and by that I mean the Creator.” Sweet!! I want some more of that God stuff… and the kind of faith Miller obviously has in his heart and writes about with so much zeal.
Miller has some awesome analogies and theories in this book, including his Genesis Theory on the human personality, a brilliant idea that he invites us to expand upon. More on this and his fine work await you…
Here’s my two cents worth on:
- Being Naked: We were made without clothes for a reason, and at the very least we should be able to sleep in the raw (clothes are just minutia at night!)
- Surviving in the Lifeboat: If you’re going to start a fire I’ll be the first to volunteer to jump out of the lifeboat (i.e., I’m not afraid of the ocean, God’s on my side… think Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – the Three Faithful Men and the Fiery Furnace)… or… I’ll never even make it to the lifeboat as I blew off the muster drill.
What are your thoughts on being naked, or on surviving in the lifeboat?