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Leaving home at the age of twenty-one, he traveled across the country until he ran out of money in Portland, Oregon, where he lives today. Searching has become required reading at numerous colleges across the country. In he released Through Painted Deserts the story of he and a friends road trip across the country. In , he added another book, To Own A Dragon, which offered Miller's reflections on growing up without a father.
This book reflected an interest already present in Donald's life, as he founded the The Mentoring Project formerly the Belmont Foundation ï¿½a non-profit that partners with local churches to mentor fatherless young men. Don has teamed up with Steve Taylor and Ben Pearson to write the screenplay for Blue Like Jazz which will be filmed in Portland in the spring of and released thereafter.
Don is the founder of The Belmont Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation which partners with working to recruit ten-thousand mentors through one-thousand churches as an answer to the crisis of fatherlessness in America. Write a Review. Create a free account to discover what your friends think of this book! Community Reviews. Search review text. Displaying 1 - 30 of 2, reviews. It is about realising that the story is not about the ending, but the journey of the story as it is happening and getting moulded Don also discusses about his life without having a father, and meeting him after 30 years.
The author explains about the effects on a child not having a father, and also details his contributions to educate and mentor such fatherless children. Census Bureau, Consequently, there is a father factor in nearly all social ills facing America today. Scott Welch.
At times, he had me frustrated with his writing about himself, and sometimes he hooked me with how he applied his stories to the point of the book. The 4 stars is an average: 5 stars for the point of the book Life is a story, what kind of story are you living? It really got me thinking and I have probably thought about this book everyday since I read it at some point or other.
But, I gave it a 3 for the rambletastic ridiculousness of his stories all about himself. It is worth the read. My wife is reading it now. I especially liked the story about the family that realized that the story their family was living wasn't as excited as the life of rebellion their daughter was experimenting with.
So they did something drastic. You have to read it to find out what This is a Don Miller book. Hence, -Charming anecdotes from his life Don meets Steve, who wants to shoot a movie based off Blue Like Jazz, Don doesn't like them changing his life to appeal to moviegoers, Don realizes he is living a lame story, Don embarks to rectify, Don dates a girl, Don hikes a mountain, Don bikes across the country, Don matures. He's unflaggingly artless in the way he presents himself always erring on the side of too-pathetic.
Don was dissatisfied because he was not living a story definition incoming whereby a character Applying story framework to the way we view the world is right perception. Author 1 book 15 followers. After getting past the first 8 chapters, "A Million Miles" started getting very thought provoking and I was quite challenged by some of the ideas that Miller shares.
The idea of creating a story, taking the skills and abilities that God has given you and doing something with them, rather than waiting for something to happen to you, has struck a chord. As a caveat, that there are Rob Bell-esque tones in here, and I disagree with some of the theology that Miller spouts throughout the book. However, you don't throw the baby out with the bathwater and I have read this book much as I would any secular story - testing everything against the Truth of Scripture and using discernment.
In the end, I came away with several good lessons and lots to think about. Paul Angone. Author 9 books 77 followers. The main way A Million Miles in Thousand Years struck me was the way Donald Miller danced around this idea that many of us are waiting to act the lead role of our own stories. Literally, sitting at home, smoking a cigarette, hoping our agent will call. Or when we starting living out our day-to-day where all the heroic scenes are apparently re-written with 50 unbearable pages about going to the office and drinking bitter coffee.
Or falling in love with someone who seems quite content in loving someone else. Well then we become angry and start eating more Hagen-Daaz. Because either: A. God is a terrible storyteller. God is a sick, twisted being who gets his kicks out of watching us suffer.
No, God wants writing partners. He wants us to pull up a chair, a cup of coffee, and create with him. He wants us to stay up until 3 am going through the painful, laborious, exhilarating process of working with him on our own life script. What do I really want? Seems a simple enough question, but I know its not having wrestled with that question for five years in my own literal story Are You My Life?
Or are we going to help write the dang thing? Kevin Schneider. Quotes from the book But joy costs pain. We are suckered into it. We are brainwashed, I think. And the commercial convinces us we will only be content if we have a car with forty-seven airbags. And so we begin our story of buying a Volvo, only to repeat the story with a new weed eater and then a new home stereo. And this can go on for a lifetime. When the credits roll, we wonder what we did with our lives, and what was the meaning.
You can either get bitter, or better. I chose to get better. Half the commercials on television are selling us something that will make life easier. There is no conflict man can endure that will not produce a blessing. Karen L. I loved this book. I listened to the author reading,audio version, which I highly recommend.
He has a wonderful conversational style of writing. I liked his honesty. He shares stories from his life freely, sharing both his good and bad choices through both humorous as well as serious stories. Some of the stories caused me to belly laugh and others, like the death of his friend's wife made me sob. He shares about his father leaving when he was a child and about his finding his father later as an adult.
He writes about how our lives are stories and that we need to think of them this way so that we make our lives truly good stories. He has definately inspired me to make sure that my life is a "good story. I've stumbled upon several blogs all having to do with improving quality of life by being unconventional. While reading the Blog of Impossible Things, I came across this book.
With the magic of e-books, I had the book in my hands and read by the end of the evening. I laughed out loud at the first page and cried at the last. What an unique approach to living a meaningful life I wondered if a person could plan a story for his life and live it intentionally.
And, Miller has some pretty amazing friends Miller includes God and his religious views in the book. It is not preachy or pushy, it is just part of who he is.
And one more quote: "It's true what Steven Pressfield says: there is a force resisting the beautiful things in the world and too many of us are giving in. The world needs for us to have courage, Robert McKee says at the end of his book. The world needs for us to write something better. I was happy for her and truthfully, jealous.
Then she laughed and said maybe it was just the wine. Willie Krischke. A few years ago, Don Miller was a promising young writer with a unique voice and some things to say.
And then he had to go and become a conference speaker. I don't blame him; there's a lot of money in speaking at conferences, and not that much in writing a book every 3 years, even if you have one on the New York Times bestseller list. Writers make pretty good conference speakers, but conference speaking ruins pretty good writers.
Conference speakers have to tell a joke, or say something cute, or do a little dance every five minutes to keep the attention of their audience, who has just travelled miles and doesn't know yet where their hotel room is or if there's going to be a vegetarian option for dinner.
But a writer who tells a joke or says something cute every second paragraph gets old fast. And Miller has that problem - in spakes in "A Million Miles. But Donald Miller is travelling with me in a freakish parallel universe. This hook, life as a story, snagged my inner writer, pulling me through the book as Miller sharpens his point.
The book begins as Miller is approached to edit Blue Like Jazz into a movie script, turning his mainly internal meanderings into events that happen to a character named Don. As a writer myself, complete with an overactive inner monologue, I appreciated the irony of Miller reshaping his memoir to translate onscreen.
Reconstructing his quiet, emotional growth into visible activity seems daunting. A Million Miles is about the transition from an easy acceptance of life to scaring yourself out of complacency. His weaving, multi-layered tales build a message powerful in its simplicity: Self-editing is within our power.
This review, and more like it, on my blog at www. Miller's conversational style makes this read smoothly, and he is charming company while he asks interesting questions and uses interesting vocabulary to discuss his ideas. And hey, I'm a sucker for things that explore the concept of how our narratives shape our sense of identity. The subject matter has been approached by many others, and I don't think he adds anything particularly new to the canon, hence rounding down, but the journey was enjoyable.
That said, I have to credit this book for giving me an epiphany. The anecdote about about his friend taking action to give his struggling teenage daughter a better narrative I don't want to spoil it, because it was my favorite part of the book made me think about my own pandemic parenting.
I have one child that has really been discouraged about pandemic life. I've basically gone on parenting steroids to try and fill his need gaps from what he lost Lots of outdoor adventure, sometimes with socially distanced friends! Homeschooling he enjoys because distance ed was so awful for him!
Dropping my free-wheeling hippy ways and doing one of those awful rainbow routine schedules because this child needs structure! I've realized that while I have been giving him the building blocks of a good story, I have not actually been giving him the narrative to see who he is in this different context. I am trying to be more careful to offer him a narrative during this of who he is while letting him define himself, which doesn't have an easy answer - to tell him that he will be able to tell his children stories about how despite the fact a pandemic took away experiences that mattered to him, and it didn't feel great, it didn't stop him from having great adventures, serving others, and learning fascinating things.
Maybe it will stick? But I want to give him opportunities to see his life through different lenses, and I want to be more conscious about narrating that to him. Eric Farnsworth. Reread Kyle Erickson. This book had some really good lines about the nature of story and about life. Unfortunately, and I don't know how to articulate this in a more polite way, but the author just came across like an idiot constantly.
I say this with no malice. Some people are not smart. The author was determined to make himself seem like one of said people.
I'm unsure if it was a narrative decision in order to have information relayed to the audience feel as if he was learning at the same time, or if Miller was just honest about how he was a man in his forties who knew absolutely nothing. It felt like every chapter he had to have basic things explained to him. He says he spends most of his time going to movies and then does not understand the most basic, no-shit things about them.
He actually calls a scriptwriter back to have him explain to him the concept that "story needs conflict" again because he didn't fully understand it the first time it was explained to him.
Dude, it's your book - just pretend you already knew some stuff. Leave this part out. Anyway, I skimmed the back half of this book because I was secretly afraid if I read a book about an idiot too closely that I would also become an idiot. Jury's still out. I was so excited when I heard Donald Miller had a new book out, and even more excited when I got the news I was getting a free copy.
Oh bummer. The book isn't bad, persay. Maybe it's one of those subtle books, that I'll find I keep remembering and thinking about later. But it definitely didn't strike me as I was reading it. I felt more like, okay, I'm going to listen to more about how he sat down and had a beer with someone, or how he sat and thought. It just felt like a lot of the book was unnecessary info, that dragged it down so much that I barely noticed when he got to the point about our lives being like stories.
It was a little like feeling like I was trapped listening to a friend drone on about boring parts of their life, hoping that they get to their point sooner rather than later.
It's an interesting concept, that our lives are like stories. I never thought about it before, and I'll admit it occasionally comes to mind now, wondering what I'm consciously doing with my life, what my plans are turning me into. I just think the concept could have been delivered in a better, more engaging way.
I was also disappointed at how little his faith seemed to figure into his discussion. I couldn't, in honesty, include this in my Christian book category. It was more like secular self help, in which the author happens to be Christian. I can't remember what it was about, even though I know I read it.
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