In sports it’s called the sophomore slump. A player has a great first (freshman) year and then can’t live up to expectations the next. Donald Miller fully admits that after a very successful experience with Blue Like Jazz, a New York Times bestseller for 40 weeks, he went under the radar and did little more than get off the couch. Through a series of events and conversations with his roommate, Miller realized that he wasn’t living a good life; he wasn’t writing a great story. An avid learner and critic, Miller begins studying story in the context of films. Why? Because he’s been approached to adapt his memoir into a screenplay. He’s writing his own feature film, staring himself.
Donald Miller gained a nationwide following with his memoir, Blue Like Jazz, in 2003. His style of writing was refreshingly honest, critical, and insightful. But his cynicism left readers with a void and a sense of a missing component. Should we question so much of the Christian life without pursuing answers? In A Million Miles Donald Miller shows us how he has matured from a critic to an editor. He’s been charged with the task of making his story work. And the story is compelling. The backdrop is a movie – Miller’s life being edited for a screenplay on the big screen. But when two professional movie makers tell Miller that his story lacks some excitement, he’s forced to examine his life and see if there’s a better story to tell.
I was captivated by Miller’s context of examining story and how it translated to his personal life. The characters he encounters and pursues will keep you riveted also. This book will be an enjoyable narrative and a challenging reflection at the same time.
There are certain things you run across and say, “that’s good.” This video from Donald Miller and the Mentoring Project does just that. While I’m promoting this video, I don’t mean to convey that I’m fully on board, because I’m not. I can’t right now. But it’s still an important message that needs to be heard so I’m trying to spread it. If you like it, pass on a link to this post to someone who may sign up with the Mentoring Project.
I have recently started reviewing books for Thomas Nelson as part of their book review bloggers program. My second title will probably be an all-time favorite – Donald Miller‘s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” Katie and I were sitting on the porch when the UPS man pulled up with a box that was bigger than expected… because there were TWO books included!!
The publisher (CEO Michael Hyatt) thought that the book was so good that he wanted us to give away a copy to a friend. So I’ve decided to have a little fun with this. I’ve teased this on Facebook and Twitter for the last week and here on my blog I’ll be giving away the free copy.
Here’s what will happen:
You post a comment at the bottom of this post telling me why you deserve the free copy. Include your first name or an identifying title. Get creative!!
You email me your full name and address in case I choose you as the winner. (Hans@uwalumni.com OR message me on Facebook) IMPORTANT: include “Donald Miller book” in the subject so I can sort through them.
I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday night and post something on Thursday.
If you’re so inclined, please check out my blog and participate in some conversations. Oh, did I mention I may or may not have some Nooma videos to give away later? Shameless promotion, I know.
A few months back I stumbled upon a blog by Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing. Somewhere in there I found out that they have a blogger review program. The idea is that they ship you an advanced copy of a book in return for a book review that you post on your blog, their website, and at least one commercial site (such as Amazon). Well I’m always a fan of free stuff and I figured it would be a good way to add some goals to my reading habit and challenge me in my writing hobby.
The first book I received was Fearless by Max Lucado. I’ve read a few of Max’s books, so I knew what to expect. But what convinced me to choose this book was Hyatt’s raving review of the book – that it was one of the most timely books written considering the state of our nation. And did I mention it was free? I’ll be reviewing the book Tuesday morning, so please check out the review and post a comment of you’re so inclined – the publishers will appreciate your feedback and attention.
I’ve already got the next book – it’s by one of my favorite authors, Donald Miller. His new book is entitled A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I’m so excited to read this because Katie has already stole my copy and is at page 190 in less than 48 hours! Michael Hyatt liked the book so much that he included a second copy so that we could give one away, so I’ll be giving away a free copy on my blog on Tuesday September 8th. Stay tuned if you’re interested!
Currently I’m using my blog as an extension of my reading on Twitter and the blogs that I follow. Donald Miller is beginning to promote his new book, which I’ll be reviewing for Nelson Publishing and posting here on the Game Plan.
Did you read Blue Like Jazz? Great memoir of Don’s, a must-read. Are you excited for his next book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years? If so, here’s the first 30 pages to get you started.
There are a few people I really enjoy following, and one of them is Donald Miller. Earlier I posted a widget of his upcoming tour and new book (which has a free audio download!). Now I’m excited to help him promote the Mentoring Project – an organization that “exists to inspire and equip the faith community to provide positive male role models to boys between the ages of 7 and 14.”
I’ve never done this before, but as it turns out it was easier than I expected…
I follow Donald Miller on with my Google Reader account, and a couple days ago this came across the screen. I heard Don talk about “Story” last fall and it was fantastic. His writing is very unique and I appreciate his honesty and candid words. You should check out his blog and get ready for his new book.