In his book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story, Donald Miller dives into a thought provoking conversation with himself through the observations he has in making his book Blue Like Jazz into a movie. The directors go through adding the necessary embellishments to Donald's story that would make it a more compelling movie. In this process, Donald takes us on a personal journey of coming to grips with the fantasy life he has been leading. As he rewrites his character for the movie to add more risk and reward, he finds himself creating the fictional character that he'd like to become.
As Donald learns the principles of a good movie he wrestles with the mind transformation necessary to apply his own real-life story in an honest, open recollection. The journey is an inspiring one as I found myself engaged in the psychoanalysis of a good movie and elements that I could use to reflect on my own life.
I have to admit I was given the book Blue Like Jazz probably 6 to 7 years ago but haven't read the book nor am really interested in reading it. But when I watched a video of Michael Hyatt interviewing Donald Miller I was captured by Donald's sincerity in approaching this book. Donald discussed how he went from the success of Blue Like Jazz to the realization that his real life was quite boring after having accomplished becoming a bestseller.
This story intertwines with Donald working out his faith and struggles with losing weight, relationships, and marriage and his practical steps to move into the pain as a necessary part of any significant story. One great insight was Donald's realization that “the point of a story is the character arc, the change” rather than the attainment of something. p. 70
If you want to be a good storyteller, and I believe everyone should strive to be, or if you enjoy knowing what makes a good movie, this book is a must read, causing you to look at life from a little different angle and live a better story of your own.