A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

“I didn’t want Don to embrace conflict. I wanted it to be an easy story. But nobody really remembers easy stories. Characters have to face their greatest fears with courage. That’s what makes a good story.”

The reason I love Donald Miller’s writings so much, is that he brings a fresh perspective to the conversation. In this book, Miller walks us through the story making process. He chronicles his real life journey about his journey. A couple of movie producers come to him about making a film based on his bestselling book Blue Like Jazz. Miller jumps at the opportunity but quickly he discovers that creating a story and living a story are completely different.

In the midst of dreaming up the movie, Donald Miller discovers what a story really is: “A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.” This discovery leads Miller to live a better story – a story full of challenges, hope, despair, love, heartbreak, anger, happiness, etc.

Donald Miller puts his story into perspective of the everyday and how God has not promised us an easy story. In fact, He has promised us a really, really difficult story. 

“It’s hard to imagine how a religion steeped in so much pain and sacrifice turned into a promise for earthly euphoria.”