Friday, March 25, 2011

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Every once in a while I stumble upon a book so vivid and alive I am forced to read pages more than once, crawl out of bed in search of a pencil for underlining, and tell everyone who will listen about the things I have learned from reading.

"A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller is just that sort of book. 

The subtitle of the book is, "What I Learned While Editing My Life".  Donald Miller shares with readers the experience of editing his life for the sake of a documentary movie.

And he shares something even bigger.  The truth is that as long as we are alive we can edit our life, we can tell a different story.  Let that soak in.  It is exhilarating to imagine how we might begin today to alter history by taking the first step towards changing our future, and even more importantly, the future of our world and the way life turns out for others! How much change? How many others? Each one of us will find our own answers if we are willing to awaken and fully participate in the precious gift of our life. 

Miller writes, "I thought about heaven, about how if we were shooting a movie about heaven, at the airport, we would want to shoot it there, and how in the movie, people would be arriving from earth and from other planets, and when the angels picked us up, they'd put us in their cars and drive a million miles for a thousand years...and it would be miserable....until we got to where we were supposed to stay......"

He continues, "I wonder if that's what we'll do with God when we are through with all this, if he'll show us around heaven, all the light coming in through windows a thousand miles away, all the fields sweeping down to a couple of chairs under a tree, in a field outside the city......."

"And we'll sit and tell him our stories, and He'll smile and tell us what they mean........I just hope I have something interesting to say".

If you enjoy thinking about life and considering the impact your choices and actions have on the lives of others, this book will feed your imagination.  If you have a desire to create a new story with your life, one that you would be proud to tell God or anyone, then this book will be food for your soul!



thewonderfulhappens said...

sounds great--requesting it from my library NOW!

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