Feel like doing something exciting? Been looking for an inciting incident to jump start a new story? Last month I picked up Max Lucado’s new book Outlive Your Life and read most of it on the same day. It’s by far the best book I’ve read this year. I liked it so much I gave out 500 copies at the conference we held here in Portland. And I’ve already heard glowing reviews from people who read it on the flight home. Here’s my video review, followed by a little challenge: Outlive Your Life Video from Donald Miller on Vimeo. So, feel like hosting a small, interdenominational group in your home to study Max’ new book? Here’s are some suggestions on making it happen: 1. Give the study a four-week lifespan. Of course, it can go longer than that, and whoever comes could remain friends for life, but the study itself doesn’t need to be permanent. This is will be a fun time to gather with new friends, to learn from each other and get to know each other, and it doesn’t have to be more than that. 2. Make a list of folks to invite. Make sure to include people [...]
So it’s our last week to raise money for Blue Like Jazz. I wanted to answer some questions about why we are still raising money for the film. If you haven’t given to the project, please help us out. And if you’ve already given, thank you thank you thank you…! You can donate here. And here’s a quick update: Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz Update from Donald Miller on Vimeo. Blue Like Jazz Update
I sent out an e-mail blast or two asking for friends to say thanks to you guys, and have been blown away. I don’t get tired of watching them. Two of my favorite musicians, Matthew Perryman Jones and Katie Herzig, along with my old friend, pastor Joshua Harris (absolutely wonderful human being) sent in their quick thanks. And we’ve still got a few more to come….Thanks again everybody! Thank You Videos – Take 3 (Save Blue Like Jazz) from Save Blue Like Jazz on Vimeo. Matthew Perryman Jones, Katie Herzig and Joshua Harris thank you for saving Blue Like Jazz. www.savebluelikejazz.com Matthew Perryman Jones, Katie Herzig and Joshua Harris thank you for saving Blue Like Jazz. www.savebluelikejazz.com $35k to go till we make history. What an amazing story.
These are some notes taken from a book I’m working on called The Way of a Disciple: If there’s anything obvious about humanity, it’s that people are obsessed with projecting an identity. And it’s true in church, only more annoying. I do it and you do it. To claim we don’t is to claim the fall of man hasn’t affected us. I don’t believe the aim of the devil is to get us to masturbate, as is taught in so many churches, but rather to get us to project a righteous identity. Why would satan want us to project a righteous identity? Because projecting a righteous identity teaches people they will be safe as long as they are righteous which is a lie. They are not safe. Christ is safe and if we are one with Him than we are safe, too. Our own righteousness is nothing. What this means for us is that God, at heavens gate, is not going to look around to ask your church friends wether or not He should let you in. Religious leadership may want you to believe this, because, for the worse, they want to have control over you, and perhaps for the [...]
We’ve a few more Thank you’s from world-renowned bloggers Anne Jackson and Michael Hyatt along with our friend Jena Nardella over at BloodWater Mission. We still have $37k to raise before we make history! Join the party here. Thank You Videos – Take 2 (Save Blue Like Jazz) from Save Blue Like Jazz on Vimeo. Anne Jackson, Michael Hyatt and Jenna Nardella thank you for saving Blue Like Jazz www.savebluelikejazz.com Anne Jackson, Michael Hyatt and Jena Nardella thank you for saving Blue Like Jazz www.savebluelikejazz.com Anne Jackson, Michael Hyatt and Jenna Nardella thank you for saving Blue Like Jazz www.savebluelikejazz.com
Susan Isaacs, author of the critically acclaimed Angry Conversations with God sends her congrats on Blue Like Jazz getting funded. Thanks again for making this happen, guys. We will be updating this blog throughout the day with kind well-wishes from friends of the film. We are very grateful. Thank You From Susan Isaacs from Save Blue Like Jazz on Vimeo. To help the movie make history, donate here.
All day tomorrow we will be posting “congrats and thank you” videos from many of our friends who are thankful, like we are, that you are making Blue Like Jazz a historical movie. Steve sent me thirty donors phone numbers today and I loved making the calls. I am sure I’ll make thirty more tomorrow. And at that pace, we should be done thanking everybody within a month or so! Anyway, here’s the video Steve sent in to say thanks! Thank You From Steve Taylor from Save Blue Like Jazz on Vimeo. Donate today to make Blue Like Jazz make history!
Marshall Allman will be playing the part of Don Miller in the movie Blue Like Jazz. Marshall got his break in the movie Hostage with Bruce Willis, then had a recurring role on Prison Break before appearing in a few episodes of Mad Men. Now he has a recurring role on HBO’s True Blood. Marshall read the script a couple years ago and called Steve Taylor to tell him to stop looking for his lead character. Steve rolled his eyes until he watched Marshall’s body of work. He’s an amazing actor, and I’m glad we got him. Thank You From Marshall Allman from Save Blue Like Jazz on Vimeo. This campaign is making history. If we get over $200k we will be the largest project ever funded on Kickstarter. If you haven’t donated, donate today.
Yesterday morning I caught the news story that the miners trapped in a Chilean mine will likely be rescued this week. It has been two months since the accident that trapped the miners more than a mile beneath the earth. They’ve been living in tight, extremely uncomfortable quarters ever since, while multiple attempts to rescue them have been underway. Families of the trapped men have set up camps around the rescue effort, cooking food that is sent down in small tubes through tiny shafts drilled for supplies. If everything goes as hopes, the men will be freed this week. A small rescue vessel will be lowered so the men can be freed one at a time. There will no doubt be difficulties, and likely their rescue will take days, perhaps even weeks. And yet according to reports, the men have not been arguing and fighting about who will go first, but rather, who will go last. The news report said the men have bonded in their time together, and a brotherhood has been created amongst the workers. It reminded me of that age-old truth in narrative, that character is only molded in conflict, and if you want your characters to [...]
Once again, we are beyond grateful for your contribution to save Blue Like Jazz, the movie. It’s done. The movie is saved, and we are moving forward! Steve is busy calling all donors to thank them, along with choosing the supporting cast and lining up production. We will start filming on October 28th, in Nashville, TN. We will likely also film in Portland, Houston and Los Angeles. If you’ve donated, you will be on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes e-mail newsletter that tells you where we will be and when, along with constant updates about how things are going. You will truly be in the production loop, along with all the principal cast and crew. If it weren’t for your contributions, the movie would have been dead. It’s amazing to think what can be done in two weeks. That said, we are still a very low-budget movie. None of the principals who have been involved with this movie, from the very beginning of the writing stages, have been paid anything. We are rolling everything into the film with you. In the industry, it’s called “putting the money on the screen.” With our film, the more money we bring in, the more well-known [...]