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Overview Miller undertakes a humorous and revealing journey as he edits his life into a purposeful and meaningful experience. In his trademark style, the author of "Blue Like Jazz" invites readers into their own process of looking at life through the lens of what makes for a memorable and satisfying story. 4 CDs.
After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller's life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he 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, to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into meaningful narrative.
Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around. "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" is a rare celebration of the beauty of life.
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.66" Width: 5.08" Height: 1.03" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2009
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785223398 ISBN13 9780785223399 UPC 020049058794
Availability 0 units.
More About Donald Miller
In 2005, Donald Millerstarted The Mentoring Project, an organization that equips churches to run mentoring programs, pairing mentors with boys in need. Don s work with the fatherless led the Obama administration to invite him onto the president s Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He is a frequent speaker, appearing at events such as the Women of Faith Conference, the Democratic National Convention, and the Veritas Forum at Harvard University. He still lives in Portland, Oregon, with his dog, Lucy."
Reviews - What do customers think about A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life?
It Flows and Flows May 30, 2010
'A Million Miles' is a flowing, engaging, acerbic, insightful conversation. The guy writes like he's conversing with you.
And then up pops an insight, that stops you and you have to reread it, because it just comes up on you in the course of his conversational style. And the insights are quite a healthy challenge. I recommend it to all who want to squeeze the most out of their precious time here.
Don continues to inspire.... May 29, 2010
Donald Miller has the unique ability to form his words into a giant paint stir-stick, stick them right into my chest, and then stir them around until all the heavier parts of my soul, the ones that become settled with the drudgeries of daily life, have been dredged and swirled to the surface.
My only complaint is that the book should have been about 5X as long. I finished it in about 2 days and have a longing for more. But perhaps this is the part where I begin writing my own better story...
Some people who have read this (or at least some of it) have complained that it's a brag-fest, that it's ego-centric, or that the majority of the book is Don's reflections on his own fun, cool experiences. But how else would one inspire people to start living a better story unless he related some of his own experiences in making the decision to do so. How many motivational speakers do you know that are lazy, tv-addicted, couchpotatoes? Yeah me neither. He has a story to tell and he's telling it. It may be frightening or offensive even, but only to those who are too gripped by fear or contentment to imagine how their own story might be better.
Please keep them coming Don...
Start Living Great Stories May 24, 2010
If you're looking for inspiration wrapped up in realness and common sense theology, than Donald Miller's, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, is a must read. Miller has a gift when it comes to molding real life stories into motivational fuel.
Throughout the book you are introduced to an underlying theme of Miller working with two screenwriters to write a movie about his life. This process allows Donald to gain insights into the power of story. As he learns what makes great characters and stories, he realizes that human life is really summed up by the stories we create for ourselves. Weaved through this underlying theme are the different stories that Donald begins creating because of this new insight.
After finishing this book I was left with encouragement and enthusiasm to begin creating stories of my own. Inspired by Donald's depiction of people who lived great stories, I began to imagine what stories I could enter in myself.
One insight that really motivated me was Miller's portrayal of Bob. One of Bob's greatest qualities was the stories he created for his family and for others around him. By entering into exciting adventures with his children, he helped them become people of character. Donald indicates that people of character are built by the stories they've had to live through. Now I'm considering the many stories I'd like my own family to participate in.
The most refreshing quality of this book is its realness. It isn't a sterile self-help book or a sappy feel-good motivational book. Miller realistically depicts life and the good, bad, sad, and adventurous stories we all live in and through. If you desire to get off the couch and start living life, then this book will help you get on that road.
255 pages in 3 days May 22, 2010
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years presently surprised me. Told in a book promotion that this would be a new style for Donald Miller, I wondered how it would read. In the first few chapters Miller was engaging, erudite, and referred often to his most famous book and the opportunity to make a movie of his life. Uh-oh, thought I, I really don't need more navel gazing. I'd read Blue Like Jazz-- it's been done before. But I continued to read it at a friend's suggestion.
This isn't "new" Donald Miller, and his style doesn't cover new territory. But he does delve deeper into his life and lays bare his soul, as well as his weight, his stalled career, his relationship woes and his sugar rush at movies. As usual, these are expressed in his rambling style--sometimes winsome, sometimes doubting, but often thought provoking. I can understand why for some the book will be a must re-read. Overall, from his work with fatherless boys to his bike ride across the US he comments on the need for an overarching story with God as the author.
The book is full of anecdotes and stories, but Donald Miller remains central. I tried to read Anne Lamott's Faith (Eventually) but lost interest. Miller, another writer cum essayist/storyteller kept my interest. I don't know how long he can keep it up; this is his rebound book and it's in the same vein as his others, but it works. Maybe a key is that Miller puts himself not as the center of his book, but as a character in God's story, a tree in a story about a forest as he puts it.
Maybe it will be a must reread.
Common Sense Sometimes Needs Clever Images To Reveal Its Truth May 21, 2010
Using the idea of the 'stories' which describe and energize the meaningful parts of our lives, Don Miller made me excited about my own life and the purpose it might serve. He uses words in a way which help me see old truths in new and deeper ways. The book gives me hope for the world. And it's just plain fun to read (listen to). There aren't many non-fiction books which hold my attention, but this one surely did. My 18 year old son told me about the book and said, "Dad, you love this kind of stuff." Now I know how smart my son is. And he too has a better idea of how to hang on to his story as his life unfolds. He's excited to see where his future will be important to our world.