A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if he were a character in a movie.
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.
As a caveat, that there are Rob Bell-esque tones in here, and I disagree with some of the theology that Miller spouts throughout the book. However...more
-Charming anecdotes from his life
Don meets Steve, who wants to shoot a movie based off Blue Like Jazz, Don doesn't like them changing his life to appeal to moviegoers, Don realizes he is living a lame story, Don embarks to rectify, Don dates a girl, Don hikes a mountain, Don bikes across the country, Don matures.
Don at no point brags and any acheivement mentioned is tempered by mention of a personal failing. He's unflaggingly artless in the...more
One of those friends recommended this book, which is about ... yeah, the impor...more
The book isn't bad, persay. it's just not life altering for me. Maybe it's one of those subtle books, that I'll find I keep remembering and thinking about later. But it definitely didn't strike me as I was reading it. I felt more like, okay, I'm going to listen to more about...more
I first heard about this book three years ago at a Christian camp, and I started reading it as soon as I got home, and I didn't stop.
Miller had me hooked at the opening lines of the author's note.
Miller is the kind of guy that I believe that almost anyone can relate to. It isn't until you read his book that you see just how much you've taken your life for granted, and at 15 years old, it completely changed the way that I saw everything. This book, besides the bible, is the no...more
But I saw Donald Miller speak last weekend and I liked his talk a lot (it wasn't specifically about Christian stuff, more about how you define yourself and how to recognize the layers that are covering up the true you, etc.) and I thought I'd give one of his books a shot.
The first half or so, I didn't love. The whole book explores the metaphor of the story-writing process as an analog...more
In "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years," he explores what makes a story great. The big question the book asks is, "Can my life be a great story?"
Miller writes, " the elements that made a story meaningful [are] the same that made a life meaningful."
A good story has a protagonist – the good guy. That's the person in the story you love or want to b...more
"People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain."
"fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life."
"It made me wonder if the reasons our lives seem so muddled is because we keep walking into scenes in which we, along with the people around us, have no clear idea what we want."
"God wants us to create beautiful stories, and whatever it i...more
This book demands to be reread. I love the premise throughout the story that as the author learns how to write a...more
A story is a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.
A character is what he does (p. 74)
[who is this person?] ... "The only way to know the truth is to witness him make choices under pressure, to take one action or another in the pursuit of his desire." (p. 74)
"The ambitions we have will become the stories we live. If you want to know what a person's story...more
From there M...more
Miller writes in such a way that you are aware of his beliefs, but they don't exclude you, should you not share them. In fact, I want...more
Donald Miller has written several best selling Christian books but a A Million Miles may be his most effective yet as the author describes experiences that transformed his life into a better, more meaningful one. He discusses how we can consciously do the same.
The book's sub-title is "What I Learned While Editing My Life". Most people would already consider Miller's life meaningful due to his literary accomplishments and involvemen...more
insights. However, reading him a few years after my initial
infatuation (I seriously thought I had a chance with him when he posed
for a picture with me at a book signing), I find myself unsettled with his conclusions mostly because they are fluff.
I want to commend his resurrection of the concept of our lives as stories. I think many youth today need to hear that. But the bulk of what he writes is Oprah-esque admonitions to serve othe...more
A major downside to this book, and one that almost dropped it to 3 stars, was the us...more
That single insight, from the first page of the book, effectively distills the wisdom of 288 pages down into one sentence.
In A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller writes of how collaborating on a screenplay based on his life transformed his perspective on life, and then transformed the living of his life. As he thought on the fictional story of his life, he began to see his real life as a story, and that, as the sa...more
Despite being a not-entirely-un-trendy Christian man in his twenties, I never read Blue Like Jazz. In fact, the only Donald Miller book I had encountered was Searching For God Knows What, which I quit halfway through (which I almost never do). I guess I saw why some people were drawn to his writing, but I just didn’t connect. At all.
Then, I read his new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
You should see t...more
I came away from it with mixed feelings. It's a good quick read, although I can see reading it slowly...more
Donald Miller grew up in Houston, Texas. Leaving home at the age of twenty-one, he traveled across the country until he ran out of money in Portland, Oregon, where he lives today.
Harvest House Publishers released his first book, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, in 2000. Two years later, after havin...more