Learning from Donald Miller

While doing research online, I came across a book with such high praise and positive comments, I had to read it.

The book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life,” by Donald Miller bounces around his life, from writing and movie-making to yearning and finding a sense of purpose. You may be intrigued to read it for references particulary useful to us as writers, and those working on memoir:

The overriding message in Miller’s memoir is that we either map out a story for ourselves and really live it, or we play a role in someone else’s story.

“We get robbed of the glory of life because we aren’t capable of remembering how we got here. When you are born, you wake slowly to everything. Your brain doesn’t stop growing until you turn 26, so from birth to 26, God is slowly turning the lights on, and you’re groggy and pointing at things saying circle and blue and car and then sex and job and health care. The experience is so slow you could easily come to believe that life isn’t that big of a deal, that life isn’t staggering. What I’m saying is I think life is staggering and we’re just used to it. We all are like spoiled children no longer impressed with the gifts we’re given – it’s just another sunset, just another rainstorm moving in over the mountain, just another child being born, just another funeral.”

If you feel like you need to wake up this year and get serious about your writing, your story, your truth, I recommend you stop by the library or purchase Miller’s book at your local indie bookstore.  You can either search for transformation, or you can create it.


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