Monthly Archives: September 2009

A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

_200_350_Book.83.coverI recently read ‘A Million Miles In A Thousand Years’ by Donald Miller as part of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program.

This book grabbed by attention before I even opened it up mainly due to Miller’s previous book, ‘Blue Like Jazz’. Donald Miller is an incredible writer than will take you on a journey you believe you are part of. He is funny, interesting and very transparent.

A Million Miles In Thousand Years is a peak into a man who realizes his life is not as interesting and fulfilled as one would hope for. This is a peak into the life of Donald Miller himself. He takes the reader on a journey through a process he went through in evaluating his own life. Through an opportunity to allow a movie to be made on the basis of his life story, Miller realized his own life story lacked a punch. After his character had been edited so much to make the movie interesting he decided to go on a quest to reinvent his life story so that he could leave a lasting impression on this earth.

In the beginning Miller is delightfully entertaining, making fun at his own expense and enticing us with his quirky character. By the end of the book it is impossible not to find yourself evaluating your own life. Having an urge to reinvent your own life story that is not only interesting and fulfilled, but a life story that will leave a lasting impression. Miller shares stories of people he met while editing his own life like Bob the Lawyer or Jim the organizer. My personal favorite was one about a man called Mike who kidnapped a girls cat so that he could get to speak with her.

This is a book that I would like everyone I know read. What a powerful thing it would be if everyone evaluated their lives like Don Miller did. If everyone realized they were put on this earth for more than just the average life. If you want inspiring today go and get this book. I promise you, once you pick it up you’ll read it until your eyes and brain can not process anymore words. One of the best books I have read this year.

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Book Giveaway!


Tomorrow I will be posting a review of a book that I wish I could send to everyone I know! The book is called ‘A Million Miles In A Thousand Years’ by Donald Miller (author of Blue Like Jazz).

I will not say too much about the book until tomorrow, but it will inspire you to rewrite your life story and evaluate your life through a new lens.

I have one extra copy to give away. All you have to do to win this book is to tell me who in this life has inspired you more than any other person and why! This can be a person who is dead or alive, someone you have met or not. The only people you cannot use is your parents or Jesus! (They inspire us all!)

So tell me your inspirer and I’ll pick a winner by the end of this week and send you your copy.

Jack In A Box

jack-in-the-boxOne of the most pointless toys I had when I was a child was a Jack In A Box. I remember as a child I use to think, ‘how said that this man gets put in a box then only comes out when people want to have fun!’

I use to think the saddest part about Jack was that even when he popped out of the box he still really never left the box. I had other toys that had the freedom go anywhere I could take them, but poor old Jack never went anywhere without his box.

I’ve realized that a Jack In A Box is not just a toy for children, but something that is very real and there are many Jacks who live in this world who have been put in a box and now they are stuck. I believe the most damaging thing we can do to a person is put them in a box. Boxes were made to store our things, they were made to transport our things and they were made to organize our things; they were never made for people to live in!

Individuals for centuries have been put in boxes. Whether it is the box of follower, not leader; or the box of great assistant, not manager material. It maybe the box of troublemaker, not team player; or the box of mediocre, not of excellence and greatness. I know in my life I have been put in boxes by other people. They have viewed my personality, or my experience, or my gifts and put me in a box. When I have tried to step out of that box people have discouraged me, laughed at me and told me I would fail.

I have found that the boxes that people put us into very often are the things that hold back the plan God has for our lives. People carry their boxes everywhere they go, but to reach your potential that God desires for you the box has to go. I have found that God does not work very well with people who live in a box! God works best with those who are able to stand free in the knowledge that God has created them for an incredible task in this life and even though this world may think it is impossible for that person to accomplish, they know when God has planned something it will come to pass!

We see an example of this in the Book of Acts 2:6-8. The disciples had just experienced something that was very different. They had seen what looked like fire over each others heads, they had heard a noise that sounded like a freight train and now they were speaking in different languages they had never learned! When the people heard them speaking in these languages they were shocked and confused. They wanted clarification! You see these disciples were from Galilee, and people from Galilee were not intelligent enough to speak other languages, they couldn’t even speak their own very well!  The disciples had been put in the Galilean box, and now the Holy Spirit had come to them and they started stepping out of the man made box they had lived their lives in. We all know what happened next, they turned the world upside down.

What box are you living in today? Do you want to live your life like Jack or do you want to make a difference in this world? It’s time to step out of that box, know in your heart that God has an incredible plan for your life and now go and start fulfilling your God given destiny!