Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road
From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a road-trip memoir about three months spent crossing the country in a Volkswagen camping van, wondering out-loud if there is more to life than nine-to-five jobs, than the ruts the entire world seems to be stuck in. Follow Don and Paul as they dive headlong into the deepest of human questions and find answers outside words?answers tha...more
Miller feels most of us get caught asking "how" in life. How do I get a good job? How do I find a good wife? How do I buy a nice house? Yet Miller asks the "why" questions, which make his life more difficult. Why do I ne ...more
That said, sometimes the writing is truly beautiful. And the author's experiences are similar to some of my own road trips in one way or another (a cou ...more
- This is Donald Miller's first book in revised and rewritten form originally entitled Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance.
- It's apparent that this is some of Miller's earlier wri ...more
It isn't very often that I truly study a book when I'm browsing used books, and it was because of this that I failed to notice that it was religious. As a whole, I don't enjoy religious books, even if I can tolerate a spiritual aspect to things.
The imagery was a bit much at times. Most of the time actually. Pretty prose don't reall ...more
This book tells the story of a trip the author took with his friend Paul from Houston to Oregon via the Grand Canyon, back in his younger days. Miller doesn't specify exactly when it was, but he's clearly not older than his early ...more
When I first read the book, I was not too far from the age of Don and Paul on their trip. Don and I grew up in similar situations and I can relate to many of the life questions which he wrestles with throughout the book and the journey. I feel like his journey is my journey and so my connection to the book is ...more
Through Painted Deserts is a book about Miller's road trip with a friend in an old Volkswagen van. The story is about Miller leaving his hometown in Texas and seeing more of the world. T ...more
This book of Don’s is a memoir of a time in his life when he needed a change and he took it in the form of a road tri ...more
Donald Miller began his writing career with this work of nonfiction dra ...more
This is the story of two friends, a road trip idea, and an archaic but reliable Volkswagen van. Don tells the story of his growing friendship with Paul as they travel west towards Oregon. Don doe ...more
Don and his friend Paul take a ...more
It is easy to enjoy a Donald Miller book as his writing style is so conversational and his ability to story tell is great. But to me what makes him ...more
"Maybe we're all on a pilgrimage," Miller writes. "Maybe it's all one big road trip through the cosmos, through the nothingness. Maybe we're all going somewhere. Or really, maybe we are all being taken somewhere."
Two guys (Miller and his new friend Paul) load up in a 70's VW box van. They voyage from Houston to the Grand Canyon to Portland--in a quest for God along the ...more
MIller's musings here belong to the "road/journey" genre. In places his words wax poetically and profoundly. At other times he comes across as an immature, self-absorbed, and irresponsible smart-aleck (enjoying God in the ...more
I own Blue Like Jazz, but I’ve never read it. Through Painted Deserts was my first Donald Miller memoir; perhaps that’s fitting, since it is essentially a re-edited edition of HIS first Donald Miller memoir, Prayer And The Art Of Volkswagen Maintenan ...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
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It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.
I want to repeat one word for you:
Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn't it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don't worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed.”