A Million Miles In A Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life Hardcover – Sep 29 2009
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About the Author
Donald Miller is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He helps people live a better story at www.creatingyourlifeplan.com and helps leaders grow their businesses at www.storybrand.com. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.
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I am the kind of girl who doesn't like to know many details of books or movies before I have the chance to have to read or view them myself. I like to have a totally unbiased experience, and so I did not read the back of this book or know anything about it when I dove in. In a way, I was a bit confused about why Miller was talking so much about creating the screenplay for "Blue Like Jazz", but soon it started to make a lot of sense -- and have a tremendous impact on my heart.
Miller essentially takes you through the process of editing a book for the screen, to tell the best story and then parallels that with how we live our lives. How can we tell the best story with the life that we are living? What kind of story are we creating? What kind of story are we allowing God to write for us?
I found this book to be very encouraging and definitely recommend it. Do I want my life story to be that I checked Facebook every 10 minutes or do I want to be living a real life, with real stories, engaging with characters? Every so often I do a little reality check and refer back to "A Million Miles in A Thousand Years". What story am I telling with this day, with my life? It will encourage you in every role you play in your life, no matter how varied the role.
If you are a writer; this book might help put Robert McKee's "Story" into easy to understand segments - there are times when "A Million Miles" reads almost like a writing guide.
If you like looking for theological statements you can disagree with; you will probably find them here.
If you struggle and are looking for hope or are sick and tired of simplistic answers; you just might find something here to grasp onto.
If you are bored with life; you just might find inspiration to write a better story for yourself.
I laughed with Don at attempts at fitness, I cried with Don at the loss of a friend. He painted pictures of the Pacific Northwest with words that I soaked in deeply, and it caused me to dream of kayaking through those same waters. Heck, now I even want to take a trip to Peru!
Although the first chapters seemed a tad slow, I was so glad to have read through them, and found myself entirely engrossed. I am so glad that Don chose to lift himself out of his writer's block and move into a new, better, greater story.
i completely misunderstood the point of this book when i first heard about it coming out. i heard donald miller was writing a book about story, and i assumed it meant that he was writing a book about how to write stories. he was, but not about how to write stories with a pen. he shares with us how to write a story with our life. the premise of the book is "what if we viewed our life as a story?" what elements of a great book or movie make it great? what elements of those can we add to our own life? it is so simple, yet he put it in a way that made a lightbulb go off in my head. we are all living some kind of story. is our story one worth telling?
he examines his own life and with tough honesty about himself, shows how he changed his story into something bigger than what he had been living. donald miller is an honest writer, and that is one of the main reasons i relate to his books so well. he admits mistakes and faults, and isn't afraid to be honest about who he is. this book struck a chord deep within me. i am so thankful for the chance to read it. i would recommend you do the same.
5/5 on the blair-o-meter.
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To read this whole book I only had to pick it up twice. Amazing eye opening read that keeps you engaged chapter over chapter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rick
This book eased me into thinking about life as a story we write, by our choices and our actions. Don made me laugh and made me cry. I loved the book.Published on Jan. 24 2014 by wild cat
I found myself engaged reading this book and quickly read through it. Inspiring to read. I found myself doing a lot of thinking this I was reading this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2013 by Victor
Building a better story. What a refreshing way to look at building a better life. Your life is your story and making your life what you want it to be is up to you. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2013 by Loretta Smith
I have been challenged in my personal and professional life to make a story that people will tell at the end of my life. Will you?Published on Aug. 12 2013 by Trent
There is an error on page 116 of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years that made me angry when I read it. It's hard to believe that nobody caught it before the book was printed. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2010 by yolanda
It's not a parenting book
or great literature
or the usual fare pedaled to us that love Jesus
or anything remotely resembling "how-to" book. Read more
I may be one of the only people on the earth who had never actually read "Blue Like Jazz", but I had heard good things. "A Million Miles.. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2010 by Jordan Majeau