Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance

Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance

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by Donald Miller
     
 

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Fueled by the belief that something deeper exists that the casual Christianity by which they've lived, Don and Paul are two free spirits who set off on an adventure-filled road trop in search of a deeper meaning for their lives. As they travel from Texas to Oregon in their cantankerous Volkswagen van, the two friends encounter fascinating people, witness unexpected

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Fueled by the belief that something deeper exists that the casual Christianity by which they've lived, Don and Paul are two free spirits who set off on an adventure-filled road trop in search of a deeper meaning for their lives. As they travel from Texas to Oregon in their cantankerous Volkswagen van, the two friends encounter fascinating people, witness unexpected beauty, attempt to solve life's most perplexing puzzles, and discover anew the amazing God who created them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Miller is a young man with only a few years' professional experience in ministry, but his youth is a key feature in this book of travel memoirs. A record of a classic road trip, Miller's tale is full of serendipitous adventures and thoughtful Christian reflection, offering an unusual mix of travel mishaps in a broken-down (and often breaking down) VW van; youthful, somewhat macho bantering between friends; and the sort of deep-thought wanderings into meaning and significance that are the meat of college-age existence. The book's strongest point is the way in which it conveys the character of Miller and his companion--two young "Republican hippies." As we travel along with them, they can be fun, profound, annoying, hilarious and, at unguarded moments, surprisingly tender. Their insights are sometimes deep, sometimes naive, sometimes simple and sometimes just goofy. Their religious insights are similarly mixed in depth, but the two are remarkable and winsome in their aim at complete honesty. The narrator often allows himself to be portrayed in an unflattering light to faithfully recapture the experience. This book is an appealing Sunday afternoon read, a reminder that life is meant to be experienced and not just gotten through. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007116232
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the straight forward writing style of the actual travel adventure was well done, I found the overly patronizing Christian values to be both boring and poorly written. Guess I thought this book would be close to the style and content of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" because of the title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! And I imagine that many people start reviews that say they either loved or hated the book they were reviewing. But I really did love this book. Don Miller writes exactly what I see in my mind's eye and I am always so appreciative when I find a writer who does that. I like to write my own thoughts out and know that it can be difficult to choose exactly the right words to convey the depth of thought I want to reveal, even to myself. Don Miller does an excellent job of this and the book has me scrambling to find anything else written by him. I'd just like to thank him for writing it, and I hope my deep thoughs can someday catch up to his writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fabulous! I could relate so much to Don in his search for the real meaning of knowing Christ. The trip to the Grand Canyon brought back many memories, having hiked it myself on the same trails they took...very refreshing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most refreshing piece of Christian literature to come down the pike in quite some time. Any person who feels that modern Christian worship and church practices leave much to be desired will find this book encouraging and hopeful. Besides that, this book is wonderfully written and the story is absolutely entertaining. Share this one with friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book so much...not only from the Christian viewpoint but the fun and adventures they had travelling cross country in their vw bus. Having travelled the same route that Don and Paul did, it was fun remembering all the places that they stopped and visited. The writing was so good in this book that you often forgot you were reading a book and not in the bus with Don and Paul. Having 3 vw's of my own, I could relate to their breakdowns and fun. Would highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to all the vw lovers out there.