Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Million Miles In A Thousand Years Review

As soon as I saw Donald Miller's new book, A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, I knew I had to have it. Ever since I first read Blue Like Jazz, I have been a raving fan-- devouring anything with his name on the cover. Some of you may remember me sharing the story of how I made a fool of myself gushing to him at a book signing over how much I loved the book. I still turn red when I think about it.

So needless to say I was more than willing to review the book for Thomas Nelson as a part of their Book Review Blogger program. I could hardly wait for it to arrive and felt so blessed to be among the first to read it. They even sent two copies so there was one for my impatient husband who didn't want to wait around for me to finish mine.

The book did not disappoint. I loved the theme of the book-- editing your life to make a better story. It challenged me both as a writer and as a person. There's one chapter that, to me, if you are a parent, is worth buying the whole book for. That chapter is called "How Jason Saved His Family." But there is even more great stuff in there than that-- there is so much about attaching meaning to the mundane, making the ordinary extraordinary, etc. It's an inspiring book, one that I will hang onto and read again and again. The first time I read it really fast but the next time I plan to go through with a highlighter and my journal and savor it.

Here's a blurb about the book:

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 and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another. But he gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir.
When they start fictionalizing Don's life for film--changing a meandering memoir
into a structured narrative--the real-life Don starts a journey to edit his
actual life 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.

Plan to pick up a copy and don't delay. After reading it you too will want to edit your life and make it a better story!
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Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I am a reviewer too, but I clicked too late to get the book. Like you, I've read everything Miller has written. I'm encouraged to read this one was another great read.

Excited to buy it!
~ Wendy

Michaela said...
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Michaela said...

Thank you for your devotion today! It is so true how easily we can let things become idols and more of a priority than God. I get consumed by things at times and then when I realize what I have been doing, it just breaks my heart that I would take focus off God like that. When our focus shifts, it can be so subtle. Thank you again.

KelliGirl said...

I heart Donald Miller too! I'm so sad I didn't respond soon enough to get one of the few books to review, but I will surely put this on my list.

Thanks for the sneak peek.