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.
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.