Book Review – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

This is the first Donald Miller book I have read. I had heard so much about his books, so I was excited to dive into this one. It also ties very much into the ethos of our church. Our vision in a nutshell is that, we embrace the story God wants us to live. From that perspective, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a great read.

It starts off about Don being approached by some film makers in order to make a film about his life. They start introducing some story elements into his “life” to make the film more interesting! This inspires Don Miller to step back and take a look at his life. It inspires him to take risks and inject meaningful elements into his life for real. It inspires him to impact others with the time that he has on earth.

It’s a roller-coaster ride from start to finish.  One of the greatest things was the setup of the mentoring program which now helps many kids all over the country.

One chapter near the end really stood out to me and it was basically where Don came to realize that we would never reach that ‘happily ever after’ stage of our stories until Jesus returns. Yes, we have successes in life, but they are just small parts of a larger story. Every good story needs those difficult, challenging situations. At the time this is not a nice experience, but they shape our character – and character development is an important ingredient in any story.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

  1. Way to go with the plot spoilers, Alistair. I just got past the part where his father was dead. Whoa. 😉

    You should check out for a little more background on the specific movie in question. I thought Donald Miller went to great lengths to avoid name-dropping, with credits like Steve Taylor and Ben Pearson taking interest in his book, Blue Like Jazz.

    Definitely check out his book, Searching For God Knows What. I guarantee Miller’s writing will hook you in, if Million Miles hasn’t already done so.

    Peace out.


  2. NP. I’m the kind of guy who reads the ending before the beginning anyway. What did you think of the story about the kid who used to sit in the car waiting for his parents to exit the bar?


    • Alastair Vance says:

      That’s not a story that comes immediately to mind after finishing the book. It’s a sad one and probably happens more than we know.


      • Yes. I was happy to see that while circumstances shape a child, Miller’s stories show that a person’s choices shape their result. That child of alcoholics eventually became the first to support his Mentoring Project.

        Only 2/3 the way through the book and I’m already interested in researching that program for our church.


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