Item description for Through Painted Deserts: Light, God and Beauty on the Open Road by Donald Miller & Scott Brick...
Overview Presents a memoir about a three-month trek across the United States in a camping van, a journey of self-discovery beyond the nine-to-five rut, in which the author found light, God, and beauty.
Publishers Description Fueled by the belief that something better exists than the mundane life they've been living, free spirits Don and Paul set off on an adventure-filled road trip in search of deeper meaning, beauty, and an explanation for life. Many young men dream of such a trip, but few are brave enough to actually attempt it. Fewer still have the writing skills of Donald Miller, who records the trip with wide-eyed honesty in achingly beautiful prose. In this completely revised edition, he discusses everything from the nature of friendship, the reason for pain, and the origins of beauty. // As they travel from Texas to Oregon in Paul's cantankerous Volkswagen van, the two friends encounter a variety of fascinating people, witness the fullness of nature's splendor, and learn unexpected lessons about themselves, each other, and even God.
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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 495.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Hovel Audio
ISBN 1596445475 ISBN13 9781596445475
Availability 0 units.
More About Donald Miller & Scott Brick
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 Through Painted Deserts?
Good, but scattered thoughts Oct 12, 2008
I appreciated the conclusions drawn by Don and Paul, but got tired listening to the long, overly descriptive narratives about the Volkswagen van. The book seemed a bit scattered and I kept thinking to myself, just get to the point. It would probably be a good read, but the narrator was boring to listen to. There was only just enough adventure to keep my attention to the end.
Amazing Oct 9, 2008
I love this book -- not only is it stunningly written, it's a story that resonates with almost everyone. It reassured me that it's okay to doubt, to not know and to question.
But beware -- once you read this book, your restlessness will kick into high gear and you might want to move to Oregon. :)
Great for young people, especially guys Jun 28, 2008
I bought this audio CD because I love Donald Miller's "Blue Like Jazz" and think he's got some profound things to say. It's so centered on a young man's quest/non-quest/quest to find out whether there's anything to quest for that it didn't speak to this 40ish woman the way his other books have. However, I still got something out of it and recommend it highly. I think it would speak loudest to kids in their late teens. Good stuff.
Travel Through Your Own Life Too May 5, 2008
This book is by the popular author Donald Miller. I read his book "Blue Like Jazz" and enjoyed it. I was going to stop with that book, but a fellow blogger noted that this was his favorite of the Miller books. I am not sure I share the same sentiments, but I certainly did enjoy the book. As Donald travels and reflects on his life with God, I seem to join him in reflecting on my own life. I guess there is a part of all of us that desires to travel with the Lord. This is why it seems that people enjoy taking mission trips to various parts of the world and nation. There is an excitement that follows as one journeys with the Lord. I guess I can relate because I traveled a lot with the Lord. Also, I would have enjoyed this book more if I read it in college while I was single. The open road is not the same with two small children crying in the back seat. Nevertheless, the book was good, not so much for the spiritual insight, but for the adventure, the friendships, and the trip. As you travel with Donald, you cannot help but travel through your own life too.
A good read Apr 27, 2008
This is a good book. The humor between Donald and Paul reminds me of Bill Bryson's in A Walk in the Woods. No super deep spiritual findings here but some familiar questions for anyone who's been a Christian for any length of time. It's good to read honesty written without reservations. I'm currently reading Blue Like Jazz and TPD reads more like a narrative than BLJ. My guess is if you like the thought process of BLJ you will like this book. Great book about a road trip to read on a road trip. Recommended.