Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

It's hard to believe so many people would be interested in what another total stranger's life is like. Yet Donald Miller has become a New York Times Bestseller based on telling us his stories.

A Million Miles in A Thousand Years is like a sequel to Blue Like Jazz; we're back to hearing quirky stories about Miller and his adventures while he adds nuggets of philosophy and religion. In this book, he's writing the screenplay to the movie edition of Blue Like Jazz, going on a cross country bike ride, hiking in Peru and boating to a private island.

Miller's outlook has changed from his Blue Like Jazz days. He's more positive because of this "editing of my life".

The first part of the book deals with how he was contacted by two movie makers and how they began to write the movie based on his bestseller. This section can plod along like a mule walking the path.

The second part gets us back into familiar territory as Miller shares brilliant stories of the people he's met and gotten a chance to enjoy.

It won't be as compelling as Blue Like Jazz nor as teachable as Searching for God Knows What, but A Million Miles in a Thousand Years opens up your thinking to living the most out of life and not just coating your brain with sugar from the television; it will get you thinking about your life as if it's a story being told and how you can make the greatest scenes occur.

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