I was excited to have the opportunity to review A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, as I have had several people tell me how great of a book it was. While I have not read Donald Miller’s other books, such as ‘;Blue Like Jazz,’ I had high hopes for this book. While I hate to give a bad review on an author’s hard work, I must say that this was a very disappointing piece of work.
For starters, while the book is separated into sections, I fail to see the relevance of their placement as it seemed random and unnecessary. Additionally, the topics of the chapters went back and forth from working on a movie, to dating, to looking for his father, to getting in shape, to riding a bike, to meeting a bunch of new people and hearing their stories, to coming up with ideas for organizations and ending. While any one of these may make for a good story, they don’t collectively make for one.
Because of the vastness of topics, it seemed to me that this book was more or less a series of diary entries that someone made while reading through a stack of self-help books for a wide range of issues. God was mentioned only frequently enough to qualify this as a ‘;Spiritual’ book, often his talk about him seemed more negative than positive.
Any positive things I took away from this book were killed when he said that, “The whole idea that Jesus will make everything better is a lie.” A lie? Really? Then he adds fuel to the fire when he says that he still ‘;likes’ Jesus and still ‘;follows’ him, but I guess when all you can say about Jesus is that you ‘;like’ him like a friend’s Facebook post, I shouldn’t be surprised that you think him making life better by triumphing over Satan, sin and death is a lie. Even if I bleed and starve to death on the dirt roads of Calcutta, my life is much better off with Jesus because my eternity is spent with him in Heaven and not with his enemies in Hell.
While there are a couple of heart felt moments and good lines to take away from the book such as, “The same things that make a movie meaningful are the same things that make life meaningful,” and “Fear can trick us into living a life that is neither meaningful or memorable,” the surrounding content made the book an overall bore. Even my wife made similar comments from across the room as I listened to the book.
In closing, I find it hard to consider this a Christian book and don’t quite understand why it is marketed as such. Please just view it as an author’s diary and nothing more. If you are in to that kind of thing, go for it. If not, don’t waste your time.