A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While


A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life [Reading] ➶ A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life By Donald Miller – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 uestioni After writing a successful memoir Donald Miles in MOBI ô 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 uestioning the meaning of life But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into A Million PDF/EPUB or 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 Million Miles in eBook ☆ 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 narrativeMiller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with Million Miles in a Thousand Epub / 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.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
  • Donald Miller
  • English
  • 20 October 2016
  • 9781400202980

About the Author: Donald Miller

Librarian Note There is than one Miles in MOBI ô author in the GoodReads database with this nameDonald Miller grew up in Houston Texas Leaving home at the age of twenty one he traveled across the country until he ran out of money in Portland Oregon where he lives today A Million PDF/EPUB or Harvest House Publishers released his first book Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance in Two years later after havin.



10 thoughts on “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

  1. Scott Welch Scott Welch says:

    I have a lovehate relationship with this book At times he had me frustrated with his writing about himself and sometimes he hooked me with how he applied his stories to the point of the book The 4 stars is an average 5 stars for the point of the book Life is a story what kind of story are you living It really got me thinking and I have probably thought about this book everyday since I read it at some point or other But I gave it a 3 for the rambletastic ridiculousness of his stories all about himselfIt is worth the read My wife is reading it now I especially liked the story about the family that realized that the story their family was living wasn't as excited as the life of rebellion their daughter was experimenting with So they did something drastic You have to read it to find out what

  2. Daniel Daniel says:

    This is a Don Miller book Hence Charming anecdotes from his lifeDon meets Steve who wants to shoot a movie based off Blue Like Jazz Don doesn't like them changing his life to appeal to moviegoers Don realizes he is living a lame story Don embarks to rectify Don dates a girl Don hikes a mountain Don bikes across the country Don matures Self depreciating witDon at no point brags and any acheivement mentioned is tempered by mention of a personal failing He's unflaggingly artless in the way he presents himself always erring on the side of too pathetic Short sections254 pages 36 sections wide line spacing Ideas clash with reality reality teaches lessons experienceStory is the framework through which life is rightly perceived Don was dissatisfied because he was not living a story definition incoming whereby a character overcomes obstacles to get what he wants His unfaithfulness to this framework is the subject of this book Don talks about who he admiresBob Goff Steve Taylor Robert McKee Theological educationGod is the ultimate storyteller Applying story framework to the way we view the world is right perception

  3. C.G. C.G. says:

    After getting past the first 8 chapters A Million Miles started getting very thought provoking and I was uite challenged by some of the ideas that Miller shares The idea of creating a story taking the skills and abilities that God has given you and doing something with them rather than waiting for something to happen to you has struck a chord As a caveat that there are Rob Bell esue tones in here and I disagree with some of the theology that Miller spouts throughout the book However you don't throw the baby out with the bathwater and I have read this book much as I would any secular story testing everything against the Truth of Scripture and using discernment In the end I came away with several good lessons and lots to think about

  4. Paul Angone Paul Angone says:

    The main way A Million Miles in Thousand Years struck me was the way Donald Miller danced around this idea that many of us are waiting to act the lead role of our own stories Literally sitting at home smoking a cigarette hoping our agent will call We want God to write some heroic scenes where we get to rescue the girl make a million kiss the girl save the bus full of kids from the upcoming cliff while we’re on the phone making a few million and then relax on a tropical island which we own drinking Mai Tai’s That’s the story we want delivered to us We want God to call us and say “Shower and shave I’ve just written the story you were born to play”And then when seemingly God forgets our number Or when we starting living out our day to day where all the heroic scenes are apparently re written with 50 unbearable pages about going to the office and drinking bitter coffee Or falling in love with someone who seems uite content in loving someone else Well then we become angry and start eating Hagen Daaz And why shouldn’t we Because eitherA God is a terrible storytellerOrB God is a sick twisted being who gets his kicks out of watching us sufferHe’s either incompetent or cruel and sometimes we think it’s a little of both – so we lose hopeHowever in Donald Miller’s profound and poetic way A Million Miles in a Thousand Years shows us that God doesn’t want us to be just actors in our own life hanging out in our trailers smoking a cigarette waiting for Him to write a scene worth our time No God wants writing partners He wants us to pull up a chair a cup of coffee and create with him He wants us to stay up until 3 am going through the painful laborious exhilarating process of working with him on our own life scriptSure sometimes the story might take on a life of it’s own but ultimately he wants us to ask and wrestle with the uestion that is the driving force behind every great story – what does this character really want What do I really want Seems a simple enough uestion but I know its not having wrestled with that uestion for five years in my own literal story Are You My Life Searching for Self Faith and a Freaking JobGod wants us to banter back and forth with him dream the next plot line – heck even argue with him about what should happen next because we’re so passionate about the story we are writing together So are we going to watch our own lives with a bag of popcorn and then complain when the lights go out because the end didn’t turn out like we thought it should Or are we going to help write the dang thingLife will ultimately be much freeing to us and to those around if we pull up a chair to that blank page and ask “All right so what needs to happen next”

  5. Karen L. Karen L. says:

    I loved this bookI listened to the author readingaudio version which I highly recommend He has a wonderful conversational style of writing I liked his honesty He shares stories from his life freely sharing both his good and bad choices through both humorous as well as serious stories Some of the stories caused me to belly laugh and others like the death of his friend's wife made me sob He shares about his father leaving when he was a child and about his finding his father later as an adult He writes about how our lives are stories and that we need to think of them this way so that we make our lives truly good stories He has definately inspired me to make sure that my life is a good story I feel ready to go out and try something crazy nowwell maybe not too crazy

  6. Kevin Schneider Kevin Schneider says:

    uotes from the bookPeople love to have lived a great story but few people like the work it takes to make it happen But joy costs painfear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring lifeIt made me wonder if the reasons our lives seem so muddled is because we keep walking into scenes in which we along with the people around us have no clear idea what we wantGod wants us to create beautiful stories and whatever it is that isn’t God wants us to create meaningless stories teaching the people around us that life just isn’t worth livingMost Americans aren’t living very good stories It’s not our fault I don’t think We are suckered into it We are brainwashed I thinkAdvertising does exactly this We watch a commercial advertising a new Volvo and suddenly we feel our life isn’t as content as it once was Our life doesn’t have the new Volvo in it And the commercial convinces us we will only be content if we have a car with forty seven airbags And so we begin our story of buying a Volvo only to repeat the story with a new weed eater and then a new home stereo And this can go on for a lifetime When the credits roll we wonder what we did with our lives and what was the meaningThe ambitions we have will become the stories we live If you want to know what a person’s story is about just ask them what they want If we don’t want anything we are living boring stories and if we want a Roomba vaccum cleaner we are living stupid stories If it won’t work in a story it won’t work in lifewhen something hard happens to you you have two choices in how to deal with it You can either get bitter or better I chose to get better It’s made all the differenceI realized how much of our lives are spent trying to avoid conflict Half the commercials on television are selling us something that will make life easier Part of me wonders if our stories aren’t being stolen by the easy lifeevery conflict no matter how hard comes back to bless the protagonist if he will face his fate with courage There is no conflict man can endure that will not produce a blessingWhen you stop expecting people to be perfect you can like them for who they are And when you stop expecting material possessions to complete you you’d be surprised at how much pleasure you get in material possessions And when you stop expecting God to end all your troubles you’d be surprised how much you like spending time with GodIt wasn’t necessary to win for the story to be great it was only necessary to sacrifice everything

  7. girl writing girl writing says:

    I've stumbled upon several blogs all having to do with improving uality of life by being unconventional While reading the Blog of Impossible Things I came across this book With the magic of e books I had the book in my hands and read by the end of the evening I laughed out loud at the first page and cried at the last What an uniue approach to living a meaningful lifefrom the book I wondered if life could be lived like a good story in the first place I wondered if a person could plan a story for his life and live it intentionally And the main point of the book A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it is the basic structure of a good story There is much humor introspection reflection implementation of ideas in this book And Miller has some pretty amazing friendsthe story of Bob Goff is wonderful in itself Miller includes God and his religious views in the book It is not preachy or pushy it is just part of who he is And one uote It's true what Steven Pressfield says there is a force resisting the beautiful things in the world and too many of us are giving in The world needs for us to have courage Robert McKee says at the end of his book The world needs for us to write something betterI told a friend of mine about the book over dinner and she said that she felt her life was a good story I was happy for her and truthfully jealous Then she laughed and said maybe it was just the wine I recommend this book and would love to discuss with anyone who reads it

  8. Eric Eric says:

    1st read 9 2014 Reread 3 2019

  9. Christine Christine says:

    I read Blue Like Jazz Miller’s first and wildly successful memoir in what seems now another life and another frame of mind But Donald Miller is travelling with me in a freakish parallel universe A Million Miles in a Thousand Years tracks Miller learning to view his life through a camera lens This hook life as a story snagged my inner writer pulling me through the book as Miller sharpens his pointThe book begins as Miller is approached to edit Blue Like Jazz into a movie script turning his mainly internal meanderings into events that happen to a character named Don As a writer myself complete with an overactive inner monologue I appreciated the irony of Miller reshaping his memoir to translate onscreen Reconstructing his uiet emotional growth into visible activity seems daunting Yet realizing that movie moments are made when the character is doing something not when he’s thinking leads to Miller’s extraordinary personal growth in A Million MilesAs he begins to edit Miller posits “My entire life had been designed to make myself comfortable to insulate myself from the interruption of my daydreams” Instead of continuing that story Miller swaps it for a new one testing out actionadventure to start he climbs the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu while struggling with weight issues then drama his first serious relationship and finally mellowing into an arthouse flick he bikes across the country with a group of misfits to wrapA Million Miles is about the transition from an easy acceptance of life to scaring yourself out of complacency Miller’s memorable characters — particularly the vivid Bob Goff — imbue his stories with clarity and an honest translucent feel that let readers embrace the end lessonIf most of life is forgettable it follows that what we’ll recall — easiest or most or fondly — are the absurd moments the unscripted Miller’s voice has matured maybe with age maybe just with the change in story His weaving multi layered tales build a message powerful in its simplicity Self editing is within our powerThis review and like it on my blog at wwwchristinereadscom

  10. Crystal Crystal says:

    free preview copy from Thomas Nelson publishers I was so excited when I heard Donald Miller had a new book out and even excited when I got the news I was getting a free copy then I got the book and read it Oh bummerThe book isn't bad persay it's just not life altering for me Maybe it's one of those subtle books that I'll find I keep remembering and thinking about later But it definitely didn't strike me as I was reading it I felt like okay I'm going to listen to about how he sat down and had a beer with someone or how he sat and thought It just felt like a lot of the book was unnecessary info that dragged it down so much that I barely noticed when he got to the point about our lives being like stories It was a little like feeling like I was trapped listening to a friend drone on about boring parts of their life hoping that they get to their point sooner rather than laterIt's an interesting concept that our lives are like stories I never thought about it before and I'll admit it occasionally comes to mind now wondering what I'm consciously doing with my life what my plans are turning me into I just think the concept could have been delivered in a better engaging way I was also disappointed at how little his faith seemed to figure into his discussion I couldn't in honesty include this in my Christian book category It was like secular self help in which the author happens to be Christian note a year later I was going through my shelves glanced at this book and though huh Donald Miller I can't remember what it was about even though I know I read it I think I'll go check my goodreads review then I do that and see my comment about how maybe I'll remember this book later Negatory have not thought about this even once that I can remember and the concept isn't that original by now with others who've done a better job making us be intentional about our lives and the story we're creating

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10 thoughts on “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

  1. Scott Welch Scott Welch says:

    I have a lovehate relationship with this book At times he had me frustrated with his writing about himself and sometimes he hooked me with how he applied his stories to the point of the book The 4 stars is an average 5 stars for the point of the book Life is a story what kind of story are you living It really got me thinking and I have probably thought about this book everyday since I read it at some point or other But I gave it a 3 for the rambletastic ridiculousness of his stories all about himselfIt is worth the read My wife is reading it now I especially liked the story about the family that realized that the story their family was living wasn't as excited as the life of rebellion their daughter was experimenting with So they did something drastic You have to read it to find out what

  2. Daniel Daniel says:

    This is a Don Miller book Hence Charming anecdotes from his lifeDon meets Steve who wants to shoot a movie based off Blue Like Jazz Don doesn't like them changing his life to appeal to moviegoers Don realizes he is living a lame story Don embarks to rectify Don dates a girl Don hikes a mountain Don bikes across the country Don matures Self depreciating witDon at no point brags and any acheivement mentioned is tempered by mention of a personal failing He's unflaggingly artless in the way he presents himself always erring on the side of too pathetic Short sections254 pages 36 sections wide line spacing Ideas clash with reality reality teaches lessons experienceStory is the framework through which life is rightly perceived Don was dissatisfied because he was not living a story definition incoming whereby a character overcomes obstacles to get what he wants His unfaithfulness to this framework is the subject of this book Don talks about who he admiresBob Goff Steve Taylor Robert McKee Theological educationGod is the ultimate storyteller Applying story framework to the way we view the world is right perception

  3. C.G. C.G. says:

    After getting past the first 8 chapters A Million Miles started getting very thought provoking and I was uite challenged by some of the ideas that Miller shares The idea of creating a story taking the skills and abilities that God has given you and doing something with them rather than waiting for something to happen to you has struck a chord As a caveat that there are Rob Bell esue tones in here and I disagree with some of the theology that Miller spouts throughout the book However you don't throw the baby out with the bathwater and I have read this book much as I would any secular story testing everything against the Truth of Scripture and using discernment In the end I came away with several good lessons and lots to think about

  4. Paul Angone Paul Angone says:

    The main way A Million Miles in Thousand Years struck me was the way Donald Miller danced around this idea that many of us are waiting to act the lead role of our own stories Literally sitting at home smoking a cigarette hoping our agent will call We want God to write some heroic scenes where we get to rescue the girl make a million kiss the girl save the bus full of kids from the upcoming cliff while we’re on the phone making a few million and then relax on a tropical island which we own drinking Mai Tai’s That’s the story we want delivered to us We want God to call us and say “Shower and shave I’ve just written the story you were born to play”And then when seemingly God forgets our number Or when we starting living out our day to day where all the heroic scenes are apparently re written with 50 unbearable pages about going to the office and drinking bitter coffee Or falling in love with someone who seems uite content in loving someone else Well then we become angry and start eating Hagen Daaz And why shouldn’t we Because eitherA God is a terrible storytellerOrB God is a sick twisted being who gets his kicks out of watching us sufferHe’s either incompetent or cruel and sometimes we think it’s a little of both – so we lose hopeHowever in Donald Miller’s profound and poetic way A Million Miles in a Thousand Years shows us that God doesn’t want us to be just actors in our own life hanging out in our trailers smoking a cigarette waiting for Him to write a scene worth our time No God wants writing partners He wants us to pull up a chair a cup of coffee and create with him He wants us to stay up until 3 am going through the painful laborious exhilarating process of working with him on our own life scriptSure sometimes the story might take on a life of it’s own but ultimately he wants us to ask and wrestle with the uestion that is the driving force behind every great story – what does this character really want What do I really want Seems a simple enough uestion but I know its not having wrestled with that uestion for five years in my own literal story Are You My Life Searching for Self Faith and a Freaking JobGod wants us to banter back and forth with him dream the next plot line – heck even argue with him about what should happen next because we’re so passionate about the story we are writing together So are we going to watch our own lives with a bag of popcorn and then complain when the lights go out because the end didn’t turn out like we thought it should Or are we going to help write the dang thingLife will ultimately be much freeing to us and to those around if we pull up a chair to that blank page and ask “All right so what needs to happen next”

  5. Karen L. Karen L. says:

    I loved this bookI listened to the author readingaudio version which I highly recommend He has a wonderful conversational style of writing I liked his honesty He shares stories from his life freely sharing both his good and bad choices through both humorous as well as serious stories Some of the stories caused me to belly laugh and others like the death of his friend's wife made me sob He shares about his father leaving when he was a child and about his finding his father later as an adult He writes about how our lives are stories and that we need to think of them this way so that we make our lives truly good stories He has definately inspired me to make sure that my life is a good story I feel ready to go out and try something crazy nowwell maybe not too crazy

  6. Kevin Schneider Kevin Schneider says:

    uotes from the bookPeople love to have lived a great story but few people like the work it takes to make it happen But joy costs painfear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring lifeIt made me wonder if the reasons our lives seem so muddled is because we keep walking into scenes in which we along with the people around us have no clear idea what we wantGod wants us to create beautiful stories and whatever it is that isn’t God wants us to create meaningless stories teaching the people around us that life just isn’t worth livingMost Americans aren’t living very good stories It’s not our fault I don’t think We are suckered into it We are brainwashed I thinkAdvertising does exactly this We watch a commercial advertising a new Volvo and suddenly we feel our life isn’t as content as it once was Our life doesn’t have the new Volvo in it And the commercial convinces us we will only be content if we have a car with forty seven airbags And so we begin our story of buying a Volvo only to repeat the story with a new weed eater and then a new home stereo And this can go on for a lifetime When the credits roll we wonder what we did with our lives and what was the meaningThe ambitions we have will become the stories we live If you want to know what a person’s story is about just ask them what they want If we don’t want anything we are living boring stories and if we want a Roomba vaccum cleaner we are living stupid stories If it won’t work in a story it won’t work in lifewhen something hard happens to you you have two choices in how to deal with it You can either get bitter or better I chose to get better It’s made all the differenceI realized how much of our lives are spent trying to avoid conflict Half the commercials on television are selling us something that will make life easier Part of me wonders if our stories aren’t being stolen by the easy lifeevery conflict no matter how hard comes back to bless the protagonist if he will face his fate with courage There is no conflict man can endure that will not produce a blessingWhen you stop expecting people to be perfect you can like them for who they are And when you stop expecting material possessions to complete you you’d be surprised at how much pleasure you get in material possessions And when you stop expecting God to end all your troubles you’d be surprised how much you like spending time with GodIt wasn’t necessary to win for the story to be great it was only necessary to sacrifice everything

  7. girl writing girl writing says:

    I've stumbled upon several blogs all having to do with improving uality of life by being unconventional While reading the Blog of Impossible Things I came across this book With the magic of e books I had the book in my hands and read by the end of the evening I laughed out loud at the first page and cried at the last What an uniue approach to living a meaningful lifefrom the book I wondered if life could be lived like a good story in the first place I wondered if a person could plan a story for his life and live it intentionally And the main point of the book A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it is the basic structure of a good story There is much humor introspection reflection implementation of ideas in this book And Miller has some pretty amazing friendsthe story of Bob Goff is wonderful in itself Miller includes God and his religious views in the book It is not preachy or pushy it is just part of who he is And one uote It's true what Steven Pressfield says there is a force resisting the beautiful things in the world and too many of us are giving in The world needs for us to have courage Robert McKee says at the end of his book The world needs for us to write something betterI told a friend of mine about the book over dinner and she said that she felt her life was a good story I was happy for her and truthfully jealous Then she laughed and said maybe it was just the wine I recommend this book and would love to discuss with anyone who reads it

  8. Eric Eric says:

    1st read 9 2014 Reread 3 2019

  9. Christine Christine says:

    I read Blue Like Jazz Miller’s first and wildly successful memoir in what seems now another life and another frame of mind But Donald Miller is travelling with me in a freakish parallel universe A Million Miles in a Thousand Years tracks Miller learning to view his life through a camera lens This hook life as a story snagged my inner writer pulling me through the book as Miller sharpens his pointThe book begins as Miller is approached to edit Blue Like Jazz into a movie script turning his mainly internal meanderings into events that happen to a character named Don As a writer myself complete with an overactive inner monologue I appreciated the irony of Miller reshaping his memoir to translate onscreen Reconstructing his uiet emotional growth into visible activity seems daunting Yet realizing that movie moments are made when the character is doing something not when he’s thinking leads to Miller’s extraordinary personal growth in A Million MilesAs he begins to edit Miller posits “My entire life had been designed to make myself comfortable to insulate myself from the interruption of my daydreams” Instead of continuing that story Miller swaps it for a new one testing out actionadventure to start he climbs the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu while struggling with weight issues then drama his first serious relationship and finally mellowing into an arthouse flick he bikes across the country with a group of misfits to wrapA Million Miles is about the transition from an easy acceptance of life to scaring yourself out of complacency Miller’s memorable characters — particularly the vivid Bob Goff — imbue his stories with clarity and an honest translucent feel that let readers embrace the end lessonIf most of life is forgettable it follows that what we’ll recall — easiest or most or fondly — are the absurd moments the unscripted Miller’s voice has matured maybe with age maybe just with the change in story His weaving multi layered tales build a message powerful in its simplicity Self editing is within our powerThis review and like it on my blog at wwwchristinereadscom

  10. Crystal Crystal says:

    free preview copy from Thomas Nelson publishers I was so excited when I heard Donald Miller had a new book out and even excited when I got the news I was getting a free copy then I got the book and read it Oh bummerThe book isn't bad persay it's just not life altering for me Maybe it's one of those subtle books that I'll find I keep remembering and thinking about later But it definitely didn't strike me as I was reading it I felt like okay I'm going to listen to about how he sat down and had a beer with someone or how he sat and thought It just felt like a lot of the book was unnecessary info that dragged it down so much that I barely noticed when he got to the point about our lives being like stories It was a little like feeling like I was trapped listening to a friend drone on about boring parts of their life hoping that they get to their point sooner rather than laterIt's an interesting concept that our lives are like stories I never thought about it before and I'll admit it occasionally comes to mind now wondering what I'm consciously doing with my life what my plans are turning me into I just think the concept could have been delivered in a better engaging way I was also disappointed at how little his faith seemed to figure into his discussion I couldn't in honesty include this in my Christian book category It was like secular self help in which the author happens to be Christian note a year later I was going through my shelves glanced at this book and though huh Donald Miller I can't remember what it was about even though I know I read it I think I'll go check my goodreads review then I do that and see my comment about how maybe I'll remember this book later Negatory have not thought about this even once that I can remember and the concept isn't that original by now with others who've done a better job making us be intentional about our lives and the story we're creating

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