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.
-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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The book begins as Miller is approached to edit Blue Like Jazz into a movie script, turning...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
I don't blame him; there's a lot of money in speaking at conferences, and not that much in writing a book every 3 years, even if you have one on the New York Times bestseller list. Writers make pretty good conference speakers, but conference speaking ruins pretty good writers.
Conference speakers have to tell a joke, or say something cute, or d...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
I came away from it with mixed feelings. It's a good quick read, although I can see reading it slowly...more
"A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" may have replaced "Searching" as my favorit...more
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 his popular book, 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...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
From there M...more
Following a similar pattern to Donald Miller's past works, this book is more or less a chronological collection of pseudo-philosophical essays and quirky stories—the majority from the period of time in which an independent film company sought out and worked with the author in an attempt to turn his first book, Blue Like Jazz, into a screenplay and eventual movie. Told with Miller's...more
PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. I would not recommend this to anyone. I loved his book "Blue Like Jazz" in high-school, but this latest from Donald Miller does not match up. Donald Miller concludes life is NOT ultimately fulfilled by 'glorifying God' or doing good things, but rather living a life worth living. A life full of risk, adventure, and ANYTHING out of the ordinary and out of your comfort zone. I'm feel sorry that th...more
by Donald Miller
Donald Miller wrote a chart topper when he wrote Blue Like Jazz. Life was going well for him. Someone even wanted to make a movie about him. Cool!
Oh wait, not too cool. That takes work. It takes looking at life, writing a story, making the story interesting, and then editing it to work for the big screen.
While Miller is working to do all of this he learns that life can be edited, too.
Miller begins to think through life, ch...more
I enjoyed this book, I gained from it, I think I'll be chewing on it and applying it for some time. I expected to at least enjoy it somewhat, but it was even slightly better than I expected, from the couple of reviews I'd read. I look forward to probably reading it again soon, perhaps chewing on it a bit more slowly and contemplatively next time.
I wasn't into what I was reading while out of state staying with family, so I borrowe...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