After reading the first few pages of Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, I was skeptical. It was the first book by Miller that I had read, and I was expecting great things. But a few pages in, well, it wasn’t catching my attention.
But. The more I read of this book, the more I loved it. The book says it is about how Donald Miller used the lessons he learned, while editing his life into a movie, to move himself from a meaningless, boring existence to one of wonder. And yes, it is about that. But even more, this book is about story. What makes a great story. Why we love a great story. And most importantly, how to live a great story.
There are only a few books I would call life-changing: A Severe Mercy, The Four Loves, Making Room for Life… and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I have seriously been thinking about this book and its message for weeks and I think I need to go re-read it.I must say, I don’t like the writing style (seems to me like Miller is trying too hard to maintain his tone – and I don’t really like his tone!). In places, it is simplistic (not simple, which to me is positive, but like he's trying to be a cute kid when he's a grown man), and in places, it is too... modern, perhaps? for my taste. But I hear that all his books are like this, and so if you like his writing style, you'll really love this book.