Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Editor’s Note: I reviewed Donald Miller’s book, Father Fiction, here. My wife, Hannah, enjoyed listening to it so much, I asked her if she wanted the opportunity to review this one and she agreed. Here’s her take:

Donald Miller’s latest book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, takes readers on a fascinating journey to discover and live out the elements of a meaningful life. As usual, Miller’s writing style uses narrative in a most effective manner. The author narrates the book, making it more interesting and giving us an insightful look into his original meaning.

One of the most bothersome aspects Miller’s books is his persistent self-focus. Autobiographies do lend themselves to self centeredness, but Miller’s other books give us philosophical, deep looks into himself that grow tiresome. In this book, Miller seems to realize this shortcoming and even addresses it briefly. Throughout the book he struggles to write a better story by risking and sacrificing more for others. It gives this book a more lasting impact.

At the beginning, the book seems a little scattered; we read stories from the author’s life but they seem somewhat random and unconnected. After a couple of chapters he focuses on the elements that make up the story of our lives and the reader gets caught up in the narrative. As Donald Miller fails and triumphs at writing a better story for himself, he challenges us to do the same with our lives.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ChristianAudio as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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