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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

What I Learned While Editing My Life

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An inspirational read, humorous and touching
What makes a great life? That’s the question that Donald Miller stumbled into when a couple of movie producers started molding his life’s story into a story fit for the big screen. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life begins by setting the stage, explaining where Miller’s life was when he was approached by the producers, and then proceeds to explain what happened next. He uses his own experience at editing the story of his life to help others see how to improve their lives by creating a better story.

Like the other books that I’ve read by Miller, I found this book astounding. Miller’s self-deprecating style and knack for gleaning insight from everyday experiences make his books both enjoyable and profound. The fact that this audiobook edition is read by the author makes it even better. Every time I started listening, I felt as if I were sitting down with a good friend who was telling me what he had been up to and encouraging me to benefit from his experience. I walked away from each listening with ideas for how to better my life.

Hilarious at times, inciting tears at others, this is one book that you don’t want to miss.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Review by / (Posted on 6/13/2011)
The Importance of Story
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café:

Narrative therapy is a technique that emphasizes and focuses on people's stories. The therapist finds the ways the client has "written" a dysfunctional narrative and helps the client find new ways to tell his or her story. Words are powerful and really do make a difference in how we understand our world and respond to it, even our memories of it.

Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, recently released A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, in which he explores his own story and its relevance. The book starts of quite slowly with no clear sense of direction. In the audiobook version, which I listened to, Miller narrates it himself, which is great. However, his almost apathetic tone makes it start even more slowly.

However, eventually the threads all tie together, with Miller not as much exploring how to re-tell his story, but how to engage in a story at all. He tells some beautiful and interesting tales along the way. I'm not sure how many are completely true and how many are embellished, but it doesn't really matter. His point comes across well that story is important. Without it, we wind up living meaningless lives.

John Eldredge often says the same thing, saying we do live in a story, but we have to wake up to it. Miller also quotes my psychology idol, Viktor Frankl, and his most famous (although not at all best) book, Man's Search for Meaning. Frankl's thesis for psychotherapy is that our primary drive is for meaning, and without it, we die.

Miller in some ways applies this idea and says that we make meaning through story. Without a meaningful story, we essentially live dead lives, just functioning according to the daily grind. Miller has some powerful imagery from his own life to elucidate this point.

I would generally agree that story elucidates our meaning. However, I would say that meaning comes through relationships. Ultimately, I believe our primary purpose is to love God and love others. We don't necessarily have to have a grand story to achieve that. Perhaps our meaning is to do so through the daily grind. But that transforms the grind into something transcendent.

It's not an either/or. But I think we have to remember the goal. The goal is not to have a story (and I don't think Miller would say that, either). The goal is to love God and others. We need a context and a motivation to do that. Finding our narrative can provide us just that, in turn giving us enough life and energy to love and be loved.

All-in-all, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a good book. I liked it more than Blue Like Jazz. It made me rethink some of the ways I have told parts of my story (I may post on that at another time). The unique thing is you have to have patience with the book. This actually fits, as we need patience with our story. Patience makes the end product so much more meaningful.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review (with no obligation for a positive review).
Review by / (Posted on 1/23/2011)
My Favourite Audio For 2010
I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audio. I love the concept that our lives are story, that they can be made better or worse depending on how we want to live. Simple but so powerful.

I think this has to be my favourite book of 2010, as its written in a style that really captivated me, easily taking me on the author’s journey with him. His descriptions of emotions, characters, situations, scenery and the mundane is just brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

I took a while to listen to it as I didn’t want to rush and miss anything out, by not giving it my full attention.

Donald Miller’s narration is excellent, adding to the enjoyment of the book. I’m a new comer to Miller’s work but I will definitely be looking out for more in the future.

Thanks to’s reviewers program for this copy.
Review by / (Posted on 1/5/2011)
Very hard to call it a Christian, let alone Spiritual book.
I was excited to have the opportunity to review A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, as I have had several people tell me how great of a book it was. While I have not read Donald Miller's other books, such as 'Blue Like Jazz,' I had high hopes for this book. While I hate to give a bad review on an author's hard work, I must say that this was a very disappointing piece of work.

For starters, while the book is separated into sections, I fail to see the relevance of their placement as it seemed random and unnecessary. Additionally, the topics of the chapters went back and forth from working on a movie, to dating, to looking for his father, to getting in shape, to riding a bike, to meeting a bunch of new people and hearing their stories, to coming up with ideas for organizations and ending. While any one of these may make for a good story, they don't collectively make for one.

Because of the vastness of topics, it seemed to me that this book was more or less a series of diary entries that someone made while reading through a stack of self-help books for a wide range of issues. God was mentioned only frequently enough to qualify this as a 'Spiritual' book, often his talk about him seemed more negative than positive.

Any positive things I took away from this book were killed when he said that, "The whole idea that Jesus will make everything better is a lie." A lie? Really? Then he adds fuel to the fire when he says that he still 'likes' Jesus and still 'follows' him, but I guess when all you can say about Jesus is that you 'like' him like a friend's Facebook post, I shouldn't be surprised that you think him making life better by triumphing over Satan, sin and death is a lie. Even if I bleed and starve to death on the dirt roads of Calcutta, my life is much better off with Jesus because my eternity is spent with him in Heaven and not with his enemies in Hell.

While there are a couple of heart felt moments and good lines to take away from the book such as, "The same things that make a movie meaningful are the same things that make life meaningful," and "Fear can trick us into living a life that is neither meaningful or memorable," the surrounding content made the book an overall bore. Even my wife made similar comments from across the room as I listened to the book.

In closing, I find it hard to consider this a Christian book and don't quite understand why it is marketed as such. Please just view it as an author's diary and nothing more. If you are in to that kind of thing, go for it. If not, don't waste your time.

Review done for christianaudio Reviewers Program
Review by / (Posted on 12/27/2010)
Is your life a story worth telling?
In Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, the author takes us through the process of editing a life in order to write a story, his life to be exact. As always, Miller mixes humor with insight to share his wisdom about how to intentionally live a life as a story with a purpose.

I love the fact that Miller is the reader for his own book. When the author is the reader, I know that the inflection given to the reading is what was intended. Sarcasm and passion can travel only so far across the written word, but when it is read aloud, new depth and understanding is revealed.

It’s almost too easy to listen to this audiobook. It is deceptive in its simplicity when the concepts and ideas are so powerful and profound. I think the worth of books like this lie in the power to actually affect the way you look at life or live life after the last page is read. Things that fit into this category are not common. When something comes along that actually changes you, it is remarkable.

I believe my life is different after reading this book. I want to purposefully create a story for myself and my family. Miller paints a beautiful picture of a scene after death where we sit with God under a tree and share with Him the stories from our lives. I pray that I have many stories to share with God and to hear Him say, “Yes, I remember that. I was there. These are good stories!”
Review by / (Posted on 12/26/2010)
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