Alumnus Writes Book Exploring Jazz and Christian Existence
Apr 02, 2009 by DJ Turner | 0 Comments
Alumnus Robert Gelinas ( MA, '96), has had his book, Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, recently published by Zondervan. In this provocative book, Gelinas draws parallels between the body of Christ and the qualities inherent to jazz.
From the back cover of Finding the Groove:
"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.