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A true story of faith and hope from the late night suicide crisis guy Midnight, Jesus & Me is an at once heartbreaking, provocative, and inspirational collection of true-life tales from J.M. Blaine, that semi-agnostic, evangelical absurdist, existential Christian, licensed psychiatric guy. He invites readers to listen to the secret lives of saints and sinners falling, as h A true story of faith and hope from the late night suicide crisis guy Midnight, Jesus & Me is an at once heartbreaking, provocative, and inspirational collection of true-life tales from J.M. Blaine, that semi-agnostic, evangelical absurdist, existential Christian, licensed psychiatric guy. He invites readers to listen to the secret lives of saints and sinners falling, as he questions the meaning of it all and determines that there are no easy answers. Armed with a mental health degree, Blaine works his way through mega-church counseling centers, drug rehabs, and graveyard shifts on the psychiatric crisis response team, all the while trying to hold onto his own sanity and not lose what little religion he has left. Blaine offers a street-level vision of charity, with deep concern for and engagement with the young, the marginal, and the troubled. Through stories, parables, and personal insights, the author highlights the ties that bind us rather than those that divide, that we are all struggling to grasp peace, live in grace, and find our way back home.


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A true story of faith and hope from the late night suicide crisis guy Midnight, Jesus & Me is an at once heartbreaking, provocative, and inspirational collection of true-life tales from J.M. Blaine, that semi-agnostic, evangelical absurdist, existential Christian, licensed psychiatric guy. He invites readers to listen to the secret lives of saints and sinners falling, as h A true story of faith and hope from the late night suicide crisis guy Midnight, Jesus & Me is an at once heartbreaking, provocative, and inspirational collection of true-life tales from J.M. Blaine, that semi-agnostic, evangelical absurdist, existential Christian, licensed psychiatric guy. He invites readers to listen to the secret lives of saints and sinners falling, as he questions the meaning of it all and determines that there are no easy answers. Armed with a mental health degree, Blaine works his way through mega-church counseling centers, drug rehabs, and graveyard shifts on the psychiatric crisis response team, all the while trying to hold onto his own sanity and not lose what little religion he has left. Blaine offers a street-level vision of charity, with deep concern for and engagement with the young, the marginal, and the troubled. Through stories, parables, and personal insights, the author highlights the ties that bind us rather than those that divide, that we are all struggling to grasp peace, live in grace, and find our way back home.

59 review for Midnight, Jesus & Me: Misfit Memoirs of a Full Gospel, Rock & Roll Late Night Suicide Crisis Psychotherapist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A great book, and one that's ultimately about how different Christianity looks for those who hang around the kind of people Jesus seemed to be most interested in. Sunday school answers about God probably won't be that helpful to someone who is literally preparing to jump off a bridge... Blaine's memoirs are the perfect mix of sad, funny, and profound. The right book for anyone who is more interested in the depth of reality than the warm feelings of denial. A great book, and one that's ultimately about how different Christianity looks for those who hang around the kind of people Jesus seemed to be most interested in. Sunday school answers about God probably won't be that helpful to someone who is literally preparing to jump off a bridge... Blaine's memoirs are the perfect mix of sad, funny, and profound. The right book for anyone who is more interested in the depth of reality than the warm feelings of denial.

  2. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Blaine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not graceful but man, this guy works hard.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lydiathekicker

    Why did I pick up this book? Why did I finish it? Brief exposure to the homeless in Jackson, Mississippi, talking with psychiatric patients, and later work with female inmates makes stories like these fascinating to me. I wonder at the different ways people see Jesus and the {potential} veracity of their claims. Blaine is a bit off theologically...because everyone doesn't go to heaven and God doesn't just weigh us in a balance; this is Scripturally clear. Yet, I loved reading of how he loved. He Why did I pick up this book? Why did I finish it? Brief exposure to the homeless in Jackson, Mississippi, talking with psychiatric patients, and later work with female inmates makes stories like these fascinating to me. I wonder at the different ways people see Jesus and the {potential} veracity of their claims. Blaine is a bit off theologically...because everyone doesn't go to heaven and God doesn't just weigh us in a balance; this is Scripturally clear. Yet, I loved reading of how he loved. He loved people. And any story in which that is done well, I will admire.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura McLeod

    This book knocked my socks off! There is so much humanity in it. It also gives the reader a lot to think about. Here are some of my favorite passages: What you think heaven is? I think you get back everything you ever loved and lost for good. I promote reality, balance, peace and the understanding that peace must be seized and faith does not remove responsibility. [This is soooo relevant these days] The more you do for control, the less you do for joy. But I believe what you hope is more important This book knocked my socks off! There is so much humanity in it. It also gives the reader a lot to think about. Here are some of my favorite passages: What you think heaven is? I think you get back everything you ever loved and lost for good. I promote reality, balance, peace and the understanding that peace must be seized and faith does not remove responsibility. [This is soooo relevant these days] The more you do for control, the less you do for joy. But I believe what you hope is more important than what you know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I have already recommended this book. There were so many things I liked about this book. While the author is definitely a Christian, he is not the least bit preachy or trying to convert you. He is what the world needs more of...tolerant, empathetic, caring, etc. I loved how each chapter was its own essay but still progressed the story. I was left wanting more. More stories, wanting to know more about the author, and just wanting more words by such a great voice. I will definitely read any future I have already recommended this book. There were so many things I liked about this book. While the author is definitely a Christian, he is not the least bit preachy or trying to convert you. He is what the world needs more of...tolerant, empathetic, caring, etc. I loved how each chapter was its own essay but still progressed the story. I was left wanting more. More stories, wanting to know more about the author, and just wanting more words by such a great voice. I will definitely read any future books by J.M. Blaine. Loved it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mare

    This is a kick ass book! I couldn't put it down. Each story connected with my spirit and my belief that we are all equal and are all deserving of respect and dignity. Each and everyone of us longs to be accepted and understood. We already know we are fucked up. Most of us are pretty skilled at picking out our faults. I love that this book goes against the "self righteousness" that is prevalent in the church and embraces the fact that Jesus hung with the "rough" crowd. Jesus himself was a "misfit This is a kick ass book! I couldn't put it down. Each story connected with my spirit and my belief that we are all equal and are all deserving of respect and dignity. Each and everyone of us longs to be accepted and understood. We already know we are fucked up. Most of us are pretty skilled at picking out our faults. I love that this book goes against the "self righteousness" that is prevalent in the church and embraces the fact that Jesus hung with the "rough" crowd. Jesus himself was a "misfit" in his day and age.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike Arnold

    This is a great book. You won't really learn anything, but it is beautifully written. There were several lines in this book that I read 3 or 4 times because they were so well wriiten. I checked it out at the library, but I may Kindle a copy just to highlight some of the phrases. This is a great book. You won't really learn anything, but it is beautifully written. There were several lines in this book that I read 3 or 4 times because they were so well wriiten. I checked it out at the library, but I may Kindle a copy just to highlight some of the phrases.

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    Review forthcoming.

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