I just finished Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life.
I haven't read Blue Like Jazz but have heard great things about it. So I was really excited about this book.
Then, right before I started reading this, I happened to catch wind of a few blog posts he put up about creating a good love story. They generated a lot of discourse and offense, and he eventually took them down. While they were still up, I read them and found them to have some truth, but it was harsh.
So I was left wondering what this guy is all about & whether I would enjoy his book.
The premise of the book is Don sets out to tell a better story while contemplating his life. This contemplation is prompted by the writing of a movie script based on Blue Like Jazz.
It really took me quite awhile to get into this book. He is coming from such a different lifestyle - that of a freestyle bachelor / writer, as compared to my life, which is (by choice) tethered and weighed down with responsibility. His life kind of felt like the new, fancy Scan Design modern furniture piece, with all the fun trips and exploration, and in comparison, mine felt like a well-loved, wood painted piece, with the diapers to change and coupons to cut.
But I eventually did connect, and I'm glad I stuck it out. He's getting to something that's universal to the human experience - what kind of story are we living? What's worthwhile to us in life?
Through reading about his quest to build a better story, I questioned my own story and what I can do to consciously make it better. I think if you read the book, you will do the same.
And even though there's not a lot of similarity in our everyday life, it's nice to get out of my own world for and see a slice of another existence. Isn't that the beauty of books?