#Best09 – Best Book

December 4, 2009

It’s day four in Gwen Bell‘s 2009 Blog Challenge, and already I’m a little stumped. The problem for me with today’s topic is that I read so many good books this year, I can hardly imagine choosing one.

But if I have to say, “Read this, it will change your life,” and variables like whether you’re an artist or a writer or not, or whether you’re a gardener or a foodie or not, or a mom or not, or married or not… if none of those things mattered, I would tell you to read Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

I reviewed this book back in September for Thomas Nelson, so I won’t rehash all that here.

But I will tell you that if you care about the quality of your life, or you’re even slightly dissatisfied with it, or if you’re confused about where you’re going or why you’re going where you’re going, you should read this book.

Don Miller explains life through the lens of story, and how we can approach our lives the same way we might approach telling a story. Even if you’re not a storyteller, I’m sure you’ve seen an epic movie that moved you. Think about that movie.

Did it have a hero or a heroine it? Of course it did. You are the hero of your own story.

Was it a tragedy? A comedy? An adventure? You get to decide what kind of story you’ll live.

Did the plot build up to a climax, or did it plod along? Was the climax expected, or were you caught off guard? What great moment were you born for?

What challenges did the hero have to overcome? Challenges are transformational. Embrace them.

I really, genuinely hope you’ll pick up this book. It looks thick, but it is so engaging that I read the whole thing on a six-hour road trip. So worth it.

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