In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.
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I'm afraid I found the narrator's inflection irritating. It lent the text a sort of self-satisfied tone which is a bad recipe for a book about mostly focused on the author's internal reflection. I'm sure the narrator's a nice guy and all, I just don't like his reading style.
I bought this book a few years ago, and my teenage son read it and pass it along to many of his friends - so many the paperback fell apart.I bought another one and my other son took it. They both said that I had to read it. I just finished a doctoral program,and am enjoying listening to it as I drive. Great read for seekers and those wanting to grow deeper in their faith!
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This is exactly what I needed to read. It is very easy to relate to the character of the story ( Donald Miller) as he takes you through several stories of the journey of his Christian faith.
This is one man's story. Maybe it's not even a story per se. It's his opinion, outlook, philosophy and journey. It's not going to read like a novel and in my opinion I think it works better this way. All in all, I really enjoyed this book, however reading instead of listening was far more rewarding on this particular book. You'll need to throw away some of your pre-conceived notions and set aside legalistic thinking...but that's the point. Recommended either way, but loved the paperback.
I LOVED Miller's book A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, so I was eager to purchase this one. I was disappointed. It took me two months to get through it because I just couldn't engage. I think a major problem was the narrator. He talked slowly, and he made Miller sound pompous. A Million Miles was narrated by Miller himself, and I loved his quick, self-depricating, funny delivery. There were some good insights in this book that have stayed with me and made me think about God in a different way--but I wouldn't strongly recommend this book to a friend. I might recommend a few chapters but certainly not the entire book.
I personally identify quite as a liberal Christian, but this book made me second-guess myself! There is something inarticulably annoying about his point of view-- the voice of a 30-something guy who never managed to snap out of his adolescent years of angsty lack of direction. I think the word is "emo". I give it two stars, not one, because there are a few little gems hidden here and there. Still, I don't think I will be renting the movie (!) that they are planning to make of this book.
It seemed familiar, almost invasive to my inner self, yet, once I got over the thought that someone had spied my life and wrote my story, I began to see things differently. I began to realize I am not so different nor am I so alone...my learning ark about life and love and relationships was, well less an ark and more a high speed roller coaster and by the end of the book, I was glad to find that I was not on this ride alone.
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