After the publication of his wildly successful memoir, Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller's life began to stall. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself avoiding responsibility and even questioning the meaning of life. But when two producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, Miller found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years chronicles Miller's rare opportunity to edit his life into a great story and to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. When his producers begin fictionalizing Don's life for the film--changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative--the real-life Don starts a journey to make his actual life into a better story.
In this book, we have a front-row seat to Miller's journey--from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to facing love head-on, from wasting his money to founding a life-changing nonprofit.
Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller teaches us:
Why God hasn't fixed us yetThe power of speaking something into nothingThe redemptive beauty that can come from tragic circumstancesHow to get a second chance at life the first time around
Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into a meaningful narrative.
I find it strange...
I find it strange and unimaginable that presumed Christians (reviewers) continue to bash other Christians (the "pop-postmodern theology-illiterates) in a public forum such as this. Satan truly is winning battles (although we know the outcome of the war) when we, as Christians, cannot accept that God has provided ALL the gifts we have at our disposal to help Him reach the lost and dying...academic, theological understanding; beauty and grace through artistic expression; missional, physical expressions of God's love; the simple faith and understanding of child. It seems that these "theologians" often forget James 4 of the New Testament when those in the secular world have a perfect grasp of it; so much so that they use this type of banter as an excuse not to seek Truth.
Miller understands that his gift-a beatifully crafted, introspective and honestly written book-offer some people, if not most, a better grasp of who God is to him and what God has done for him.
Miller gives an interesting perspective on the world and life. You will take away some good advice and inspiration from this book. Although he makes us all out to be characters in "Gods'" story, I don't think/hope we are all here just for the entertainment purposes of a supreme being.
Deeply inspiring and insightful
I have read several of Miller's books, and I truthfully believe this is his best work. It is in typical memoir form, but well crafted, and extremely hard to put down. I am constantly amazed to find books that perfectly coincide with my place in my life's journey, and this just happens to be one of those. I highly recommend it, and would expect that anyone who is deliberately attempting to lead a memorable life, or feels a drive to do so would find this book spell bounding. Enjoy it; it is full of some incredible insights and profound thoughts on how to be more of who we are created to be.