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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Million-milesDonald Miller is back with a new one, and I’ve got to say as good as blue like jazz was, I like his latest musings even more.

Miller explorers the power of stories as he journeys through making a movie based on his life. The primary premise of the book was that a story is ‘a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it’.

The stories we believe or tell ourselves drastically change the world in which we live.

This book would be great for anyone who’s a communicator and understanding the techniques that make a powerful story.

But the most important take away that Miller hammers really well at, is it’s not a bad thing to be able to tell great stories, but what’s even better is living out a great story.

Best of all, there’s an even greater story every one of us is already a part of.

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  • Ted Wu November 9, 2009, 4:30 am

    I also liked his latest musings more than blue like jazz. (damn you Mars Hill for inviting speakers that later spoil books for me… haha) I found it kinda slow paced in the opening, but once he got the momentum going, it was quite the perspectives shift as the epiphanies started to come. It's nice to be reminded of the big beautiful story that God is painting across the ages in my own busy study/work/train/sleep schedule. Thinking out loud, as a youth leader, how does one communicate the story to the next generation, in effect, how do we offer lenses for them to see the stories all around us, and emerge themselves into and live out a great story?

    Thanks for the post. Cheers

  • lon November 12, 2009, 3:56 am

    Hey Ted – thanks for the comment! it's pretty impressive how he's managed to milk his own memoir again – yet it really is a completely different approach.

    when it comes to youth, i think exposure to a greater variety of compelling stories is important – Miller's story of the dad who's daughter with the lame boyfriend is classic – youth are often just grabbing the best story that seems to be available to them.

    and i like how you stated it as lenses for stories all around us – because it's redemptive with what's already there – part of me thinks tapping into the innate anarchy in youth culture helps… ie helping cultivate questions and constructive criticisms of the stories the media/culture seems to feed them. if they keep questioning, they'll hit truth at some point…

  • lon November 12, 2009, 3:56 am

    Hey Ted – thanks for the comment! it's pretty impressive how he's managed to milk his own memoir again – yet it really is a completely different approach.

    when it comes to youth, i think exposure to a greater variety of compelling stories is important – Miller's story of the dad who's daughter with the lame boyfriend is classic – youth are often just grabbing the best story that seems to be available to them.

    and i like how you stated it as lenses for stories all around us – because it's redemptive with what's already there – part of me thinks tapping into the innate anarchy in youth culture helps… ie helping cultivate questions and constructive criticisms of the stories the media/culture seems to feed them. if they keep questioning, they'll hit truth at some point…

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