A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

 

a-million-miles-in-a-thousand-yearsI really do love Donald Miller books, and his latest book is no exception.  In A Million Miles, Miller explores the concept of story-telling by comparing a movie script to real life.  The book begs the question, “Are you a living a good story?”  Truthfully most of us are not, and realizing your life is like a boring movie can be a pretty humbling experience, but Miller explores these thoughts in his typical authentic / hysterical / inspiring style.

This book is easy to read.  Easy like eating a hot Krispy Kreme easy, but it’s not wasteful reading, it’s challenging.  A Million Miles has helped me to clarify the types of prayers that I’m asking God.  It’s made me focus more intently on the legacy that my life will leave, and it’s encouraged me to live a life full of deep joy in God and His creation.

One of my favorite features of Donald Miller’s writing is the way he baits me to disagree with a statement he has written, but then somehow defends his point so convincingly that I feel like the idiot.  He’ll use a specific phrasing that I react against, but a minute after I’ve noted my disagreement in the margin of the book, I find myself drawn to agree with Miller.  I’m not saying that I wholeheartedly embrace everything Miller writes, but he challenges me to think outside-the-box, and I appreciate the challenge.

Check out a Million Miles and investigate your own story.  Then ask God what your story is supposed to look like, and go live a life of joy and purpose.

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One Response to “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller”

  1. Nathan January 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I just finished reading this. I love Donald Miller. I read “Prayer And The Art of Volkswagen Maintenance” over and over again until I felt I’d outgrown the story. I read “Blue Like Jazz” several times, but feeling it was geared towards 20-somethings, I moved on from it, too. I imagine that I will read this one more than a few times. Very good read. Thought provoking. Makes you view your life in a much different light.

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