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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life [Hardcover]

By Donald Miller (Author)
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Item description for A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller...

Details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if he were a character in a movie, challenging readers to reconsider what they strive for in life and revealing how to get a second chance at life the first time around.

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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 a best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk andspent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, andDon was unsure how to start another.

Buthe gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir. When they startfictionalizing Don's life for film--changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative--the real-life Don starts a journey toedit his actuallife into a better story. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.

I love Donald Miller. He is a man after my own heart. -Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author of Traveling Mercies, Grace (Eventually), and Bird by Bird.

If someone tells you they've read this book and they "enjoyed it" or they "liked it" or they think it's a "good book" then maybe they didn't read it - it's well written and funny and interesting and all that, but it's also disturbing. Really, really disturbing. Don is into provocative territory here, wrestling with The Story and the role each our stories play in it . . . this is very convicting, powerful, unsettling writing. I felt like this book read me more than I read it. -Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis

I've never been in Donald Miller's living room, but this book makes me feel that I have. The stories compel, the humor works, and Don's wisdom stealths its way on to the pages. I already want to re-read it. -Max Lucado, New York Times best-selling author of 3:16 and Fearless.

Sly, soulful, and deeply affecting, Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is an indispensable road map and travel companion for readers seeking not only to experience better stories but to live them as well. -Allan Heinberg, Executive Producer, Grey's Anatomy

Only Donald Miller can mill the glorious wreckage of the human experience for the hue of jazz and the hope that we can live out a story worth sharing. His premise will haunt you until you set out to discover if memorable lives, like unforgettable books, often require several drafts and a loving editor. -Steve Duin, The Oregonian

In the first few chapters of Don's new book, Don got me thinking about Don and his interesting life. Then for several chapters, he got me thinking about my own life. And then for the rest of the book, I couldn't help but think about God and other people and the kind of future we're creating together. That sounds like solid evidence that this uniquely talented and sagely writer/thinker/storyteller has given us another wonderful and life-enriching reading experience. -Brian McLaren, Author, Speaker, Activist,

There are some writers who simply don't have it in them to craft an inelegant sentence. Donald Miller is one of them. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years proves in story form how stories define us even more than our genes do. Read this book for an experience of sheer beauty, or for help in living a well-storied life. -Leonard Sweet, Drew Theological School, George Fox University,

With great honesty and insight, Don Miller issues a simple and profound challenge: live a better story. In A Million Miles in a Thousand Years Don opens up his life, struggles, triumphs, and insecurities and shows the reader how to do exactly that. The world is full of great challenges, terrible tragedies, and overwhelming joys-there is simply too much going on to be a part of a boring story. For anyone who knows that life should more than what we see on TV commercials and billboards, this is a book for you. -Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners and Author of the New York Times bestseller The Great Awakening

From Publishers Weekly
Miller, the accidental memoirist who struck gold with the likable ramble Blue Like Jazz, writes about the challenges inherent in getting unstuck creatively and spiritually. After Jazz sold more than a million copies but his other books didnt follow suit, he had a classic case of writers block. Two movie producers contacted him about creating a film out of his life, but Millers initial enthusiasm was dampened when they concluded that his real life needed doctoring lest it be too directionless for the screen. Real stories, he learned, require characters who suffer and overcome. In desultory fashion, Miller sets out to change his own lifeto be the kind of guy who seeks out his father, chases the girl and undertakes a quest. Along the way, he comes to understand God as a master storyteller who doesnt quite control where his characters are going. An unexpected bonus of this book is Millers insights into the writing process. Readers who loved Blue Like Jazz will find a somewhat more mature Miller, still funny as hell but more concerned about making a difference in the world than in merely commenting on it. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   255
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785213066  
ISBN13  9780785213062  
UPC  020049057247  

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More About Donald Miller

Donald Miller Donald Miller (born August 12, 1971) is a best-selling American author and public speaker based in Portland, Oregon who focuses on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, meaning, and the human struggle".

At 21, Miller left his home in Pearland, Texas and went to Portland, Oregon, where he put down roots as he had planned when he started his road trip a few months before. Miller's first book, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance (Harvest House Publishers 2000), chronicled the cross-country road trip he took at age 21. It was printed with little fanfare, but it was republished more successfully in 2005 as Through Painted Deserts. During this time, Miller was the editor of an online Christian magazine called and the owner of a small Portland-based publishing company called Coffee House Books, which published home schooling textbooks. Miller became a New York Times Bestselling Author when he published Blue Like Jazz in 2003. In 2004, Miller released Searching For God Knows What, which explores how the life of Jesus illustrates the human personality. In 2006, he added another book, To Own A Dragon, which offered Miller's reflections on growing up without a father. This book reflected an interest already present in Miller's life, as he founded The Mentoring Project, a non-profit that partners with local churches to mentor fatherless young men. Don's next book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, was released in late 2009. Later that year, Miller began production of All Things Converge —a series of DVDs for small groups that feature Miller interviewing prominent Christian writers and theologians. The first three DVDs in the series were released in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Miller also serves as the Founding Director of The Burnside Writers Collective, a group of spiritual writers who contribute to an online magazine. Miller is recognized for his feelings that Christian faith should be a relationship, rather than a formula. He writes in Searching for God Knows What that too many Christians act like the Bible is a sort of math textbook, rather than a long story of God's involvement with people through friendships with Biblical figures like Adam, Abraham, and Moses. This emphasis on the Bible as a narrative has made his writings popular with many involved in the emerging church conversation. Miller does not consider himself a follower of the movement; he still recognizes the need of mankind to recognize its depravity so that it might better teach the concept of love.

On March 2, 2007, during an interview on the Relevant Magazine podcast, he revealed that he has been working on a screenplay with Steve Taylor. Miller delivered the first night's closing prayer at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008. Miller serves on President Barack Obama's Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families.

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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.

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