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.
My only regret is I didn't read this book 10 years ago. I would recommend it to anyone interested in spirituality.
The author exposes the inner thoughts of many Christians and the struggles we have to be authentic Christ followers and not religious hypocrites.
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