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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 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.

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, brianmclaren.net

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,

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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

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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 into a better story.

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.

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Mary Ann Dimand, September 19, 2011 (view all comments by Mary Ann Dimand)
Miller's Blue Like Jazz became a bestseller by voicing the Zeitgeist of disconnected yet wistful Gen-X men. His stylish, jaundiced dissection of church-as-he's-known-it, and his appreciation of the goodness of faith-leavened lives was attractive, but ultimately negative.

In A Million Miles in a Thousand Years Miller tells of a journey toward finding something he can live positively. It starts-- and largely continues-- with a turn of his dissection toward himself, to acknowledge and consider a void he's been carrying in a sort of impermeable bubble inside him. He has never grappled with what it has meant to him that his father left the family when he was young.

This book lacks the kind of loose-limbed grace of Blue Like Jazz. Nonetheless, its recounting of the awkward process by which Miller gains psychological, spiritual, and physical strength tells about how grace can be imbibed.
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Mariposakg, March 7, 2011 (view all comments by Mariposakg)
This easy-to-read book is not just an "easy" read but an Inspiring(!) read. Don Miller always has a way with his words and this book about how our lives are our own stories for us to live, like an adventure, has gotten me thinking about my own day to day life and what I can do to make my existence a little bit more fun and to make a little bit more of a difference for others. Read this, and see what impact it will have in your life; your story.
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K Bonham, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by K Bonham)
One of Donald Miller's finest efforts. He will inspire you to think of how you choose to tell and live the story of your life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400202980
Author:
Miller, Donald
Publisher:
Thomas Nelson
Author:
Miller, Donald
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Product details 272 pages Thomas Nelson Publishers - English 9781400202980 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life into a better story.

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.

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