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Miller, the accidental memoirist who struck gold with the likable ramble Blue Like Jazz, writes about the challenges inherent in getting unstuck creatively and spiritually. After Jazz sold more than a million copies but his other books didn't follow suit, he had a classic case of writer's block. Two movie producers contacted him about creating a film out of his life, but Miller's initial enthusiasm was dampened when they concluded that his real life needed doctoring lest it be too directionless for the screen. Real stories, he learned, require characters who suffer and overcome. In desultory fashion, Miller sets out to change his own life—to be the kind of guy who seeks out his father, chases the girl and undertakes a quest. Along the way, he comes to understand God as a master storyteller who doesn't quite control where his characters are going. An unexpected bonus of this book is Miller's insights into the writing process. Readers who loved Blue Like Jazz will find here a somewhat more mature Miller, still funny as hell but more concerned about making a difference in the world than in merely commenting on it. (Oct.)
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Donald Miller is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He helps people live a better story at www.creatingyourlifeplan.com and helps leaders grow their businesses at www.storybrand.com. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.
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One of my absolute favorites from Miller, this book is about his story, but somehow draws you in and gets you thinking about your own story - and more than that, how to live a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Juliana Harn
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was altogether funny, stoic and poetic. The author has a unique talent. I did enjoy the first half of the book more than the second. Read morePublished 4 days ago by BP
I love this book. This purchase was a present to my sister. Donald miller is awesome and easily relates to people. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jordan Miller
Moving, honest, off-beat and funny. I'll be tracking down some of his other work.Published 23 days ago by Robb Lightfoot
Inspiring book. Easy read. Worth the time reading. I read it in two days and bought another copy to give a friend.Published 26 days ago by Theresa Haynes
My college daughter suggested this book... very thought provoking... I know I need to start making stories in my life...Published 1 month ago by Sharon
Absolutely obsessed with this book. I'll finish it and then begin reading it from the beginning all over again. If you want your perspective on life to change, read this.Published 1 month ago by Megan Simone