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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life | [Donald Miller]

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if her were a character in a movie. Years after writing his best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another.
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Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if her were a character in a movie. Years after writing his best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another. But he gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir. When they start fictionalizing Don's life for film - changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative - the real-life Don starts a journey to edit his actual life into a better story.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges listeners to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.

©2009 Thomas Nelson; (P)2009 Thomas Nelson

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    cherry Kowloon, Hong Kong 12-29-12
    cherry Kowloon, Hong Kong 12-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a religious book, but Donald is Christian"
    What made the experience of listening to A Million Miles in a Thousand Years the most enjoyable?

    This is not a religious book, I got this for my non-Christian friends. I read books about existential questions by authors who are New-age, Jews, Muslim, agnostic, or non-religious. Donald is Christian, and there are issues in life that he narrate from a Christian's perspective, like how God loves us, how God is present in our lives, but not in the mission to convert the audiences.

    I love the fact that Donald narrated his own book, his monotone is embedded with his great sense of humour, and you can hear that subtle cheekiness in the beginning, slowly move to heavier issues he witnessed. He talks about his experiences in life without focusing solely on himself, but people he came across who live not only to write a better life story for themselves, but for strangers, too.

    I listen to many of my audio books more than once, and this one, I listen to it a few times already.


    What other book might you compare A Million Miles in a Thousand Years to and why?

    This is not a self-help book, and author didn't reflect on his life was hard for him, and how others have wronged him, so I don't know what other books to compare this with.


    What does Donald Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like how he is not giving you an answer as if he knows what life is all about, but though his experiences and people he met, he realized there are some common elements to a good story line of one's life. He talks about his own struggles, his friend's baby's birth, and friend's wife's death, he talks in the way that brings us to the experience. I feel like I had a long walk with Donald and he told me all these things he observed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The words brought me tears, the struggles in a broken family, the sadness of losing your love one. A very honest book.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-18-10
    Michael 11-18-10

    I am a middle aged male who thinks radio is bubble gum for the brain, so I listen to books in the car. At least one a month.

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    "Makes you think, powerful, fun."

    Don reads his own book and because of that he really makes it. The voice tone and inflection adds something that I did not expect. His cadence and flow make this GREAT story even better. I am sorry, but I don't get the title. The book has nothing to do with bikes, time or traveling.
    It reminds you to live a good life, to live a good story - a story worth telling. It is a very human book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 12-02-10
    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant"

    Love Donald Miller................very inspirational, has led to changes in my life. The way he shares his "story" and encourages us to consider our "story" was great. I need to find more from this guy.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 05-09-13
    brenty United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A story about living a story"

    I spent a day at the park and listened to this book, start to finish. I laughed out loud, I cried a little, and I took with me some insights for my own life.

    This book isn't for the cynical, but the hopeful. With an open heart and mind, you will -- at the very least -- enjoy a well-crafted journey of personal discovery. And if this book comes into your life at the right time, you'll get even more out of it.

    I don't want to give anything away, because this book has the potential to delight, and I wouldn't want to rob anyone of that. If you enjoy thoughtful, self-aware writing with a message, this book is probably for you.

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    Bryan United States 10-05-10
    Bryan United States 10-05-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Audio Book"

    This audio book was better than expected. It's one of those witty you need to think about life stories. The author was great and love when they are the Narrator of their own books. I felt good after listening to this book and think we can all learn a little something from the authors message about living a better story.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer C. Roundy Orange County 07-07-15
    Spencer C. Roundy Orange County 07-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspired to write my own great story"

    So many great quotes & take aways. The reading was a bit slow and got on my nerves a at times, but I like that it is the author. It has had a tremendous influence over how I look at and live my life. I want to live a good story and that message and how to do that here are clear. The humor is enjoyable. He does a great job breaking down what it takes and providing examples in his and others' lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 06-23-15
    Matthew 06-23-15 Member Since 2011

    Hi I'm Matt. I help companies get found online in Google. I love to read, and I love just about anything to do with Science, & learning.

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    "Was Ok But......"

    Kinda didn't like the God bashing at the end of the book. It didn't fit the story and felt like the author was embarrassed to have his own thoughts show in front of his friends The story to that point was pretty good, and there were some interesting life reflecting nuggets, but I felt the change towards the end of the book seemed 180 out from the story..

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    Jake Rexburg, ID, United States 05-21-15
    Jake Rexburg, ID, United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I hated it until I realized I loved it."

    I wondered why I was reading but I couldn't put it down. I was surrounded my complex simplicity. I too wanted a better story.

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    Patricia Walnut, CA, United States 05-13-15
    Patricia Walnut, CA, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Really worth it"

    Good story. I appreciated his simple attitude and sincerity. After reading this book, I am striving to live a better life story.

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    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 05-11-15
    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting book"

    This was a good book, I thought it was going to be more about riding across the nation but it wasn't. His life is very interesting and hearing how to write scripts was good. I liked his book Scary Close better than this one. There is a lot of great advice in this book that is memorable.

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    "Favourite Audio of 2010"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audio. I love the concept that our lives are story, that they can be made better or worse depending on how we want to live. Simple but so powerful.

    I think this has to be my favourite book of 2010, as its written in a style that really captivated me, easily taking me on the author?s journey with him. His descriptions of emotions, characters, situations, scenery and the mundane is just brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

    I took a while to listen to it as I didn?t want to rush and miss anything out, by not giving it my full attention.

    Donald Miller?s narration is excellent, adding to the enjoyment of the book. I?m a new comer to Miller?s work but I will definitely be looking out for more in the future.

    Thanks to christianaudio.com?s reviewers program for this copy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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