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Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

12 January 2011

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

I was halfway through this book before I realised that the author is the Donald Miller, the one all the Christian bloggers are always going on about (either to praise every word he writes, or to ridicule the people who praise every word he writes). He does, I am compelled to say, have a knack for putting words together so that they make lovely ideas and for putting ideas together to make light bulbs shine brilliantly over the reader's head, so often that I went back and forth between "This is amazing!" and "Why didn't I think of that?" about every other paragraph.

Image from Mr. Miller's
So, I think you should absolutely read this book. If you are a reader, you should read it. If you are a writer, you should definitely read it. If you think your life is too boring, you should read it. It's a book written by a Christian, to be sure, but even if you aren't wild about Christian literature, you should read it. Honestly, you can easily skip the bits about God if that's what you want to do, and still be struck by the message of the book, which is this: We get to write our own life story.

That's it. Mr. Miller examined his own life, realised he wasn't crazy about the story he was writing for himself, and set out to write a better one. And he wrote this book about writing a better story. And it's amazing. It'll make you think. It'll inspire you to go out and do likewise.

I borrowed this book from the library, and decided against buying a copy (for now). And the reason is: If I owned it, I would give it away to a friend in short order. And then I'd buy myself another copy, and I'd give it away, and so on, until I went bankrupt buying copies for everyone I know. Seriously, that's how good I think this book is. (I said on Facebook that I want to buy copies for my 100 closest friends, and that's not a joke; I really do want to. I currently have a queue forming on my FB page in case I'm left an inheritance of some sort and decide to follow through.)

And so I urge you, my friends, to make haste to your local library and demand to read this immediately.

Have you read it? Did you like it? What was your favourite (or least favourite) part?


Carole Anne Carr said...

Yes, agreed, we do write our life story in many forms. I write children's literature, thinking I'd get away from doing this, silly me. You write your life story in a different form.

Su said...

Sometimes I think my life is like a children's literature book! ;)

Madeleine said...

Interesting :O)

Su said...

I didn't really do the book justice in the review, unfortunately. But it's great.

Timbra said...

well, you could always buy ONE extra copy and do a giveaway!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've loved Don's previous books but still haven't gotten around to reading this one - may have to move it up.

Su said...

@Timbra: Good point. I'll have to think about it.

@Charlie: This is the first one of his that I've read, so I don't know how it compares. But I loved it.

Faith said...

All right, all right, I'll read a Donald Miller book! LOL. 'Blue Like Jazz' was just so hyped when it came out, that I refused to touch it. I'm not entirely sure why. I was trying to make some kind of point at the time, I'm sure. But anyway, I'll be sure to grab a copy "for my church library" and just so happen to read it first. ;) Ahh, the perks.

Su said...

Ha-- I felt the same way about Blue Like Jazz. And had I realised that this was the same guy, I might not have read it. :/ But I like the sound of "for the church library". ;)