Donald Miller is a local Portland writer with an international readership. Several years ago he wrote his first book, then titled "Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance", and it did not sell very many copies. It was his second book "Blue Like Jazz" that made him a celebrity in the evangelical world and beyond. After the success of "Blue Like Jazz" Miller's first book was rereleased under the new title "Through Painted Deserts". He also wrote "Searching for God Knows What" and his book on growing up fatherless "To Own a Dragon".
Miller's newest work is going to be released soon. It is titled "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years". This book is Miller on Miller, kind of. It is in one sense intended to be a biography, but in another sense it is something else completely.
The blurb on his new newest book indicates that after writing "Blue Like Jazz", a memoir, Miller fell into a "funk". He felt as if one part of his life story had ended. He was unsure of what the next step should be so he did nothing. This ended when two movie producers asked if they could make a movie based on his memoir. Miller agreed and in doing so found himself editing his own real life story and making himself into the character of a narrative.
Thus far the public is allowed to access three preview chapters from the book (read here). It looks promising. It retains Miller's ability to use personal stories to convey important life morals. Yet this time it seems like it will bait us to do the same with our own lives. It may show us that our stories are as real as anything we can learn how to live from our own stories and others. Since it has not yet been released, we can only anticipate.
If Miller writes anything like he has written before this will be sure to be a worthwhile read. Miller has the ability to make you want to read what he writes no matter how much you agree or disagree with what he says. So do make sure to keep your eyes open as you browse your local bookstores. Don Miller is editing his life and he will want you to read it.