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Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Today, Donald Miller‘s new book hit the shelves. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a brilliantly honest book about Donald Miller’s journey of self evaluation as he works through writing a screenplay of his memoir Blue Like Jazz. After learning about the key elements of story from a workshop by the sought-after creative writing instructor Robert McKee, Miller shares his attempts to recreate the story of his own life and live more intentionally. Miller challenges each of us to listen to the promptings of the Writer (God) so that we can live out a life story that is worth telling rather than live a passive life made of random events.

When I first picked up the book, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It took me a chapter or so to really be captivated by what Miller was saying. I soon found myself wishing I had a pen to underline insight after insight that Miller shared about the elements of a good story and how we could live life according to similar principles. I found it easy to identify with Miller’s journey and appreciated the openness with which he shared his struggles (physical, emotional and spiritual) in the midst transformations God was bringing him through.

This, by far, is the best of Donald Miller’s books and is a must read. It’ll leave you wanting to live out an amazing story as well as wanting to call others to the amazing life story that God has for each of us.

You can check out an excerpt from the book below:



A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Oh! I almost forgot!!! I have an extra copy of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years to give away. All you have to do is be the first to answer this question, “What is the name of the ‘famous’ person helping to write the screenplay for Blue Like Jazz?” Leave your answer in the comments section.

8 Responses to “Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller”

  1. Brian Jones September 29, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    I know the answer, but I won't say it as I already own two copies of the book. :)

    Brian.

  2. jonathan September 30, 2009 at 1:54 am #

    Is Steve Taylor famous?

    • Henry Zonio September 30, 2009 at 3:58 am #

      You got it Jonathan! At least he's famous to me :) Anyway, I'll email you to get your snail mail addy. I hope you enjoy the book.

  3. Seth September 30, 2009 at 2:55 am #

    Ben Pearson and Steve Taylor is directing it….can I have the book?

    • Henry Zonio September 30, 2009 at 3:58 am #

      Sorry, Seth, I'll loan you my copy after Erin and Jarret read it if you can wait that long :(

  4. jcisonline September 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    too late sad day :( Awesome ur giving away a copy though henry +1 for you!

    • Henry Zonio September 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

      Sorry. I wish I had more to give away. It's a great book.

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