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A Review Of A Million Miles In A Thousand Years

By Bob Brady

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was authored by Donald Miller. It chronicles his life as he edits it for a movie. But this book is much more than just a story about writing a screenplay. This book shows us how we can make our lives into something special.

The quotes I share are some of my favorite quotes from the book. I hope that you also find a meaningful.

I love this book. I wrote down too many quotes to share. I’ll try my best to share my favorites.

The first thing to know is that a good story is not an easy story. Miller says:

“When Steve, Dan, and I first started working together, I didn’t want Don to embrace conflict. I wanted an easy story. But nobody really remembers easy stories. Characters have to face their greatest fears with courage. That’s what makes a story good. If you think about the stories you like most, they probably have lots of conflict. There is probably death at stake, inner death or actual death, you know. These polar charges, these happy and sad things in life, are like colors God uses to draw the world.”

The problem seems than that most of us don’t want color lives. We’re happy with black and white. Sometimes we can deal with shades of gray. But not very often. Miller states:

“Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you are going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it. It’s like that with writing books, it’s like that with life. People love to have a lived a great story, but few people like to work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.”

the sad truth is that most of time we are unwilling to pay the price for joy. We just can’t seem to give up her comfort. So, the decision becomes a choice between comfort and joy.

And so living your life deliberately – living your life on purpose – requires something extra of yourself. But giving the something extra is addictive. Miller says,

“And that’s the thing you realize when you organize your life into the structure of story. You get a taste for one story and then another, and then another, and the stories will build until your living a kind of epic of risk and reward, and the whole thing will be molding you into the actual character whose roles you’ve been playing. And when you live a good story, you get a taste for kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time. The more practice stories I lived, the more I wanted an epic to climb inside of and see through to its end.”

And the reward for giving up our comfort zone, is a life of meaning. Miller goes on to say:

“Pain then, if one could have faith in something greater than himself, might be a path To experiencing a meaning beyond the false gratification of personal comfort.”

If you want your life to be good story, then I would recommend you pick up this book. The to decide what you want for your life. Decide what you need to give up her overcome to get it. And then you just need to go and get it. That’s what makes a great life.

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