I'm currently working on revisions of the third book in the Mercy Inn series and I just finished writing a scene in which a character tells everyone at the inn why Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is his favorite book. It made me want to reread it myself.
The book is about pursuing your story. By that Miller means living as if you were a protagonist in a novel who wants something, faces obstacles, gets knocked down, gets up, gets knocked down, gets up, gets knocked down in rather dramatic fashion, faces a major decision, then decides to go for it because living without that one thing is not acceptable.
But what does this look like for those of us who are working 40 hours a week, bowling in a Monday night league, attending small groups or Bible studies on Wednesday nights, and watching football on Sunday afternoons?
For Miller, finding a better story started by getting off the couch. He took a bike ride across America. He hiked the Inca Trail in Peru. He pursued a woman. He put down the remote control and his routines long enough to take chances – to explore.
At one point in the book, he said, “Part of me wonders if our stories aren’t being stolen by the easy life.”
I don’t think I’ll ever forget that line.
The glorious thing is, it's not too late to change our story.
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.