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Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance Paperback – January 1, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Miller is a young man with only a few years' professional experience in ministry, but his youth is a key feature in this book of travel memoirs. A record of a classic road trip, Miller's tale is full of serendipitous adventures and thoughtful Christian reflection, offering an unusual mix of travel mishaps in a broken-down (and often breaking down) VW van; youthful, somewhat macho bantering between friends; and the sort of deep-thought wanderings into meaning and significance that are the meat of college-age existence. The book's strongest point is the way in which it conveys the character of Miller and his companion--two young "Republican hippies." As we travel along with them, they can be fun, profound, annoying, hilarious and, at unguarded moments, surprisingly tender. Their insights are sometimes deep, sometimes naive, sometimes simple and sometimes just goofy. Their religious insights are similarly mixed in depth, but the two are remarkable and winsome in their aim at complete honesty. The narrator often allows himself to be portrayed in an unflattering light to faithfully recapture the experience. This book is an appealing Sunday afternoon read, a reminder that life is meant to be experienced and not just gotten through. (Feb.)
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In my opinion, this book is far less pretentious than subsequent books by Don Miller. This was him when he was just writing what was on his heart and mind, just writing because he didn't want to forget what happened. Is it deep and theological? Probably not. Are there parts that will make you think? Sure.
Like I said, I bought this book back in the day because the binding looked cool as I skimmed the shelves at my local Borders and I've never regreted the purchase. I have, in fact, since bought additional copies (both while it was still in print, and from the "used" option here on Amazon once it went out) for countless friends who have all likewise enjoyed reading this glimpse of a (mostly) true story about two guys on the road in a VW Bus.
If you're looking for brain food, read Nietzsche. If you're looking for a book that's fun to read, read this.
The story chronicles a road trip of two friends driving from Texas to Oregon in an old Volkswagen Camper. The freedom of the road with no timeline to adhere to. It has times of reflection about life, church, and a relationship with God while trying to keep an old VW running.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys travel, adventure, and trying to evaluate where one's relationship stands with God.
He writes with great honesty and creativity, never afraid to tell everyone just what he is thinking at the time.
Its a must read along with all other Donald Miller titles.
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