Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: A Review

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is the newest book release by author, Donald Miller. You may remember him for his book Blue Like Jazz. In his newest release, Miller invites us on his journey of self exploration and discovering the true meaning of living life well.

Miller's journey begins as he is approached to help write a screenplay for the movie version of his book Blue Like Jazz. The book follows an episode in Miller's life and is entirely non-fiction --more of a memoir or Annie Dillard style musing. Miller decides he would like to help with the project and is confronted with the idea that he must rewrite parts of his story in order to make the movie a smooth journey. Simply put, his story--the one he lived and breathed--wasn't good enough to make a good movie.

As Miller realized this and worked on the screenplay, he gradually learned the elements of a good story--and in the process he also learned what his own real life had been missing.

Miller's book was wonderful. I love his style and his ability to mix true life changing concepts together with his twisted and hilarious sense of humor, wit and sarcasm. He is a breath of fresh air in a world of stale Christian non-fiction. If you are a fan of Annie Dillard or Kathleen Norris, you simply must check out Miller's books. Five out of five stars!

Note for Full Disclosure: While I do not receive any monetary compensation for my book reviews, I am provided with free complimentary copies of each book. That being said, this review is completely my own, and free from the influence of Thomas Nelson Book Publishers.


Bekah said...

As a fan of Blue Like Jazz, I am glad that this book has good reviews.
I stopped by to also say I won an award and passed it on to you.

Carrie said...

Thanks, Bekah

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