A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

28 Sep

This month, I read my first-ever Donald Miller book.  Donald Miller is best known for Blue Like Jazz.   His new release is  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. The book describes how Miller discovers what makes a good story while co-writing a script based on Blue Like Jazz. Miller is transformed by the realization he could live a “better story.”  As he begins to make changes in his life, he encounters pain, joy, and a sense of purpose.

Miller’s writing style is conversational.  He is random, funny, deep and authentic as he tells his story and as he reflects on the stories of others he has encountered along the way. I felt like he was someone worth listening to because he seemed down-to-earth and easy for me to relate to.  His book delivers a message of hope–that everyday people can find meaning in life.

As a Christian, Miller does not promise that living a better story will be all sunshine and roses; instead, it can be downright messy and painful at times.  This I can wholeheartedly attest to.  In our adoption journey to our son, one of our most painful moments was waiting to return to Russia to finalize the adoption.  It hurt to wait almost 5 months before we could see him again.  It hurt that it was out of our control.  Was that pain (and other difficulties of the adoption process) worth it? You bet it was!  But we kept going on because we felt called to become parents through adopting from Russia.  The risks and pain brought meaning to our every day life…My husband and I found ourselves part of a greater story and are smack dab in a more exciting, meaningful adventure than if we had chose to play it safe when God called us to adopt back in 2007.

Regardless of where you are in your life or your personal beliefs, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years will entertain you and possibly even inspire you to turn the TV off and get out and live your life with passion.

Note: Read more reviews by my fellow Thomas Nelson Book Bloggers at http://brb.thomasnelson.com/reviews.

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

  1. Tonni October 5, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    I LOVE Donald Miller! I cannot wait to get the new one!

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