Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Posted by Dina N

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is autobiographical. Donald Miller, a writer, published a successful memoir but his life has become boring and meaningless. He spends his days as a couch potato, eating junk and watching TV. He is surprised when one day someone offers to make a movie based on his memoir. Don is forced to face the reality that while his book may have been a good read, his life does not make for a good movie. He starts working on re-writing his past story to make a better script – and in the process, ends up re-doing his present. Little by little, Don leaves his comfort zone, starts taking risks, and discovers his life does not have to be an insignificant existence, after all.

There were passages in this book that moved me to tears. There were other passages that I found boring and felt I had to push through. I discovered unforgettable characters and pages I felt like skipping. If A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a representation of life, then the mundane bits are unavoidable. I found even those are worth reading because they are a part of Don’s story and without them the narrative would be less realistic.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, although I found some parts uneven. It’s a moving read with a fascinating premise but it did not leave me wanting to read more of Donald Miller’s work.

Thanks to the Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program for this review opportunity.


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  3. 1stopmom said...

    This book sounds interesting. I will add it to my want to read list. Thanks :)

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