Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

I’ve signed up for a program to review books from Thomas Nelson, and get to keep the book in return. The first of these is Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”.

“A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is Donald “Blue like Jazz” Miller’s latest book, and it certainly shares Miller’s free-wheeling, conversational style. Miller recounts the experience of turning his life into a movie: and the weirdness of having to make “Don” a more interesting person for film.

It’s a touch ironic that in a book centered around needing to flesh out a narrative structure: that it does feel in lots of ways that Miller is missing any real meat. Million Miles is a nice book, but if feels like having a discussion with a good friend that you haven’t seen for too long: you just keep waiting for the small talk to get deeper. There’s no question that Don Miller is a genuinely good writer, but I’ve been following his blog for a while now and I really just ended up feeling like I wasn’t sure that I was getting a lot more out of this than I would a good blog post. Perhaps he’s just a victim of being a good blogger.

If you’ve enjoyed “Blue like Jazz” and want a nice, relaxing read: this is a book for you. I was hoping for a book that would challenge me and build on some of the more profound parts of his previous books: and this didn’t do that as much as I expected. A good read, a nice book, but not exactly a life changing one, for me at least.