Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith

'A jazz-shaped faith ... balances freedom with boundaries, the individual with the group, and traditions with the pursuit of what might be. I have discovered in jazz a way of thinking, living, communicating---a way of being ... a groove.' You don't have to be a jazz musician, or even a jazz connoisseur, for this book to speak to you. If you love God and his Word, and if you've longed to follow Jesus Christ outside the slick corporate structures that some American churches erect, this book is for you. If you want to discover a freer, more genuine expression of Christianity, Finding the Groove will be music to your ears, your heart, and your mind. Using brilliant metaphors from the world of jazz, Robert Gelinas reveals breathtaking possibilities for the body of Christ. What might a 'jazz-shaped faith' look like---and how could it help us fulfill the message of the gospel in a way no method, movement, or structured program ever could? How can understanding the beauty of jazz help you better understand Jesus, his vision for those who follow him, and his heartbeat for a world that is badly out of sync? But this book isn't about music. It is about a passionate, biblical, fully integrated way of looking at life and salvation that will free you to find your own unique groove in the kingdom of God.

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By Arthur (Gresham, OR) · ★★★★☆ · June 25, 2014
Recommended by a good friend, a jazz performer, jazz teacher, and Jesus follower. Glad I read it; I think it could change the way worship leaders think about what they are really supposed to be doing. Actually, I think it could change the way church leaders think and do about everything they thin... ...more
By Kelly (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · August 04, 2009
Says some things that I've been saying, so it MUST be good!!! ...more
By Gwen (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · January 06, 2010
I play jazz. I'm a person of faith. It was the perfect marriage, and in fact that's the point of Gelinas' book. The off-beat, improvisational characteristics of the jazz genre are similar to an in-the-moment faith experience within reliable parameters--limitless freedom within functional boundari... ...more
By Chivon (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 28, 2010
I have to admit, all of what I knew or ever thought of Jazz came from watching the Cosby show as a little girl. This book by Pastor Robert Gelinas gave me insight and a new deisire to learn more. I would never imagine looking at the Christian life or my own personal experience through the context... ...more
By Robert (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 07, 2012
This was an interesting book about how to live your life for Christ in a jazz-shaped way. Read the book for details into what this entails. ...more