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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