A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life [NOOK Book]

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After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller's life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning.


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Overview

After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller's life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning.


A Million Miles in a Thousand Years chronicles Miller's rare opportunity to edit his life into a great story, to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into meaningful narrative.


Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a rare celebration of the beauty of life.

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For most of us, our entire lives are works-in-progress: We reevaluate the past even as we take tentative steps into the future. For spiritual writer Donald Miller, that process assumed strange form when he was approached by director Steven Taylor about transforming his Blue like Jazz into a movie. The challenge of systematically editing the story of his life not only taught him new lessons about where he had been but also awakened new insights about where he wanted to go. A most unconventional memoir about life's rare second chances.
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Miller, the accidental memoirist who struck gold with the likable ramble Blue Like Jazz, writes about the challenges inherent in getting unstuck creatively and spiritually. After Jazz sold more than a million copies but his other books didn't follow suit, he had a classic case of writer's block. Two movie producers contacted him about creating a film out of his life, but Miller's initial enthusiasm was dampened when they concluded that his real life needed doctoring lest it be too directionless for the screen. Real stories, he learned, require characters who suffer and overcome. In desultory fashion, Miller sets out to change his own lifeā€”to be the kind of guy who seeks out his father, chases the girl and undertakes a quest. Along the way, he comes to understand God as a master storyteller who doesn't quite control where his characters are going. An unexpected bonus of this book is Miller's insights into the writing process. Readers who loved Blue Like Jazz will find here a somewhat more mature Miller, still funny as hell but more concerned about making a difference in the world than in merely commenting on it. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418585877
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 44,976
  • File size: 898 KB

Meet the Author

Donald Miller is a speaker, founder of The Mentoring Project,and author of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What, Through Painted Deserts, and Father Fiction. He lives in Nashvlle, TN.
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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Great book, Inspiring and easy to read

    This book is perfect if you're someone who is looking to live life for more than whatever it is you are living for now. Although it has a Christian basis the book is more about challenging yourself to take the steps necessary for living a more authentic and fulfilling life. Miller presents his failings and brings the reader along his of analyzing and redefining what it means to live. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks there is more to life than chasing cars and wealth and all of societies' other drugs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Funny and encouraging

    I am a huge Donald Miller fan, but I think I enjoyed this book best of all of them. I loved the way he wove his story into the story narrative he was communicated. It was challenging and encouraging.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    Are you living the right story?

    Heartwarming, comforting, gratifying, uplifting, this novel has touched me more than any other school assigned text could ever have. It is motivational and gave me a new perspective on how to execute my daily activities and how to live a better life. He offers comical aspects in life, hard times that may come into play, but ways to make it through the tough times. Using real life situations, he describes the heights of amazement that the individual being can assert to. Such as his example about Bob, a man whose family sent letters to all the rulers of the world, in the end result meeting several of them. Even having a few over for a "sleep-over"
    To anyone who needs a reset button, to re-evaluate their lives and find purpose, I would put complete faith in A million Miles in a Thousand Years by author Don Miller. His tone, his purpose, his positivity all combines to fully effect the audience. I loved his stance, his messages, all the different things that he had to share. It is not that he is Socrates, he does not know the meaning of life, he only wishes to share the importance of life. How to improve it. How to live it.
    I was succumbed to it. I'd stay up late, ignoring all my other homework, to learn the next new bit that he had to share with me. It was inspirational. I wanted to cry, to laugh, to be indifferent all at once. I was on natural Ecstasy, so uplifted that I didn't want to lay the book down. So I didn't. It's one thing to read a well written novel, it's a complete other thing to read the words of life.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Another fine effort from Miller

    Donald Miller scores another win with this book that essentially tells the (still not finished) story of the (still not finished) film version of his breakthrough book "Blue Like Jazz". Miller is popular in religious circles but I'm not sure I'd really say he's a religious author. Faith is a central issue in his writing certainly. But it's more about the story told in his own rather casual story. Well worth your time.

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