I Swear, It’s Donald Miller’s Fault

Have you yet delved into Donald Miller‘s new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years?

Don’t.

If you’ve already bought it and have it waiting by your bedside table, kick it underneath the bed.  If you’ve already plucked it from a bookshop shelf to read the back cover, put it back.  And if you’ve already read it, well, then there’s no turning back.

See, I’m a huge Donald Miller fan.  I identified with his father-searching self in To Own a Dragon.  I finally became comfortable being both a Christian and being myself with his Searching for God Knows What and Blue Like Jazz.  But his new book hit too close to home.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years centers around the idea of living a great story.  When two filmmakers approached him about adapting his memoir, Blue Like Jazz, for the screen, Miller had to watch uncomfortably as the book protagonist Miller morphed into a more exciting, more intentional character made for the movies.  And through the process of editing his character (and by extension, his life), he discovered not only the essential elements for writing a memorable story but also living one.

Here’s the disclaimer that isn’t printed in bold lettering underneath the title: this book will undoubtedly change your life.  That is, if you allow it.

After reading this book some months ago, I mused over the idea of living a magnificent story again and again.  I even went so far as to smile at attractive fellows on the subway and ditch the meaningless happy hours that so often filled my nights.  I wanted to live out something great.  But day after day of getting nowhere, I slowly sank back into old habits.

Until last week.

Last week I stepped too near the breaking point.  I found myself alone and angry with God for allowing my life to become something I had no interest in anymore.

I took a half day, drove home, and sought the wisest and most loving person I know: my mama.  And hours later, I was a different person.  I swear I even had a smile on my face.  It felt strange after months of lingering dissatisfaction.

Now I have serious plans for the upcoming months.  Plans that will lead to huge life changes, plans that will only be the beginning chapters of this new story I’m writing.  It’ll be a risky process but also a beautiful one, a journey that promises transformation and growth.

The details of this grand plan are still to come.

In the meantime, read Donald Miller’s new book.  But know that one read will infect your heart with a longing for a greater story.

Are you ready for that?