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Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Never Alone Along Life's Journey

    I've recently finished reading this book, which I found to be absolutely wonderful. Rather than simply entertaining me, the reader, it allowed and encouraged me to question the way of things, the Why? of life. It told me that struggling was understandable and necessary. It let me realize what I already know and hoped, and I took breaks while reading to reminisce about difficult times, which led me to remember also the truth, beauty and humor in them. If you are having trials in your life, or are questioning your own Whys?, I recommend this book to you. I doubt you'll be the same person at book's end that you were when you began it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    life was meant to be lived, not just gotten through

    This book makes you appreciate the reason writers write in the first place. Donald Miller takes us on a 3 month road trip with him and his friend Paul, from Houston to Portland, in an old volkswagon van. Along the way Don lets us in things like beauty, relationships, faith, and the answer to the ever-present question above all these things, why. It's sort of a small, well-worth-it stop on the fast-paced freeway of life. His descriptions of sunsets and the stars, of inner desire for belonging and love, are alone worth the read. If nothing else, this book is a pleasent example of art in simple writing. I loved it and found myself sad when the unexplored pages started to wear thin. Also take a look at his book Blue Like Jazz.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    It was just OK

    Through Painted Deserts was OK but not a great read. It really dragged at times and you just wanted to give these guys a good kick in the pants to get them going. Most of the drama centered around if the old VW van they were in was going to make it or even start. Since I had been to some of the places they described it was apparent that some "poetic license" was taken in the descriptions. Some vivid descriptions of cafes and the folks who worked at and patronized them along the road but a little too much philosophizing and not enough adventure to get a better review from this reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

    Awesome!

    This is probably one of my favorite books and Donald Miller is by far one of my favorite authors. It is a beautiful and inviting story. I loved going on this journey with him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    Great COMING-OF-AGE Tale

    For those who enjoyed Miller's other books, this is a great read. This is almost like a 'prequel' for 'Blue Like Jazz' or 'Searching...' to see how his beliefs were formed. Miller is very poetic describing the beauty of nature encountered on his journey. And like his previous works, he is incredibly open about his thoughts and insecurities. If you're in the mood for a great road trip adventure filled with insightful dialogue, you'll love this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    Poor

    The book has no meaning. After reading 150 pages the only reason I kept on reading was to finsh it. No point to the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    Prayer and the Art of VW Maintenance

    I really enjoy Miller's writing style. This book is very similar to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance-it's about his trip across country with a friend. Miller is unique in that he gains your trust early on and keeps it throughout the book. He has an interesting perspective- and I love it. I love his books- especially Searching for God Knows What. Read them both!

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