52 Books: #1 – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Don Miller

The first Don Miller book I read was Blue Like Jazz. It was recommended to me at a time I was questioning my faith, and I’ll be eternally grateful to the person who recommended it to me. It’s on my list to re-read this year.

I was given A Million Miles in a Thousand Years for Christmas, not really knowing what it was about. I started reading it yesterday, and finished it today. I could barely put it down.

At the heart of it, it’s a book about “story”, and seeing our lives as story. See, no matter what we do, we live. As we live, we create stories. Stories about ourselves, and stories that other people tell about us. For many of us, our lives would make pretty boring books; there are high points, and low points, but mostly our lives are pretty boring, and not the stuff of a page-turner.

But there are people whose lives make a positive impact; some on the people around them, some on the world. Their stories are bigger, and some are downright epic.

Good stories are intentional. If we see our lives as stories, and our stories as part of a greater narrative, then we can choose to just exist, and let the story pass us by, or we can choose to live our lives with intentionality, and choose the story rather than just letting it happen.

Given my decision to set goals this year, and live with some intentionality, couldn’t have been better timing.

I want to live a better story.

  • interestingly I think it was letting go of seeing my life as a story which helped me make my life more awesome.

    Which is not saying that you or this way of looking at things are at all wrong – just that I was seeing my life as a story in a rather damaging way… or maybe I was just focusing on the fairytale rather than the real story.

    My life changed for the better when I decided that my life wasn’t a story. I gave up on the happily ever after with mr perfect; the everything working-out-okay-in-the-end: I embraced the messiness and contradiction and uncomfortable imbalance of life.

    And interestingly, I think that’s just coming to the same place as you: just from the opposite direction.

  • Warwick

    @ephant – actually, Don talks about that in the book. Movies and books have a climax, and real life doesn’t.

    I’ve been through a similar thing. My upbringing left me with the “happily-ever-after” story as my guide, and the belief that everything would just work out for me.

    Then when things didn’t just “work out”, I abandoned that story where someone else was in control, to one of being a passenger in a story I had no control over, and have been pretty much verging on fatalism for at least the past year.

    Now I’m inspired by the idea of a story that I get to write (and it being part of a larger narrative). However, I’m also feeling a responsibility for those that are part of my story, to be intentional about it, and create memories for them that are better than what I have.