A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller


Reading this book was like having Donald in my living room having a great conversation about life.  Invite this book over for coffee.  ~ Sheila

Years after writing his best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another.

But he gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir. When they start fictionalizing Don’s life for film–changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative–the real-life Don starts a journey to edit his actual life into a better story. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.

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My Thoughts: I read Blue Like jazz by Donald Miller quite some time ago and really enjoyed his insight.  I find myself in that same place again… Donald Miller writes in my language.  In a down to earth, fun way… I read this book in one sitting because putting it down was not an option.  Because reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was like having Donald Miller over to my home where we sat and we talked.  This reads like a conversation.  A really good conversation.

Opening this book and reading the opening sentences, “The saddest thing about life is you don’t remember half of it.  You dont even remember half of it.  Not even a tiny percentage…”  Right away that hit home for me.  Occasionally something or someone will trigger this far away deeply buried memory where I will suddenly recall a tiny bit of a different season in my life.  Not only does it surprise me how easily it is to forget moments of your life that were once a very important part of who you were… but I also find it scary.

In this book Donald works on making changes to “his story” the story we will all someday share with God.  In reading this book… I knew, I too wanted a better story.  Once again Donald floors me with his honest look at his own life and in a humorous manner he once again shows how messy our lives are and that’s ok.

A win for Donald Miller and for me.  A read that goes on the keeper shelf to be read again and again.  This book hits the book stores today.  I recommend this as a must read for 2009.

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A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

I received this book from review from Thomas Nelson Book Reviews

4 thoughts on “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

    1. I think you would really enjoy it…. I love an author would a good sense of humor and able to laugh at themselves… so far he is 2 for 2 with me…. this one and Blue Like Jazz was awesome too.

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