Comic Strips

I read a book one time by a guy my wife doesn’t like very much. It was called a Million Miles in a Thousand Years and it changed my world view of well…everything.

It is pretty simply written and it isn’t very long, only about 250 pages. It’s the kind of book you can easily knock out in a weekend, the kind of book that eats up your time. It is a story, really, and it’s mostly about the epic we’re living that’s made up of all these little tragedies and comedies and (mostly) un-sensational narratives. It’s a good book because it pretty much resonates with anyone.

At its core the book is about creating a better story than the one you’re currently living.

I don’t really subscribe to the whole ‘take control of your life and do whatever you want’ notion that is quasi-promoted in the book. The premise is good though. It’s good because God has given us the ability to create and love and the ability to be artists at whatever we’re good at. I’m all for unique. So is God.

So if you don’t like the story your life is telling, maybe it’s time to mix it up a little bit. Maybe God didn’t mean for you to be bored or discontent. Or maybe mixing it up isn’t the problem. Maybe you need to be more disciplined and fervent in your pursuit of Him and more dedicated to your friends and family (I know we do…). You tell me, it’s your story.

Who am I to talk about storytelling though, I sat down to write a new ‘about’ for our website and somehow just spouted 300 words on Donald Miller and his book. My story looks like a comic strip right now.

What’s your favorite Donald Miller book?

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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

10 thoughts on “Comic Strips”

  1. I loved A Million Miles, but I think my favorite is Through Painted Deserts- but I blame him for making me want to go to Oregon so bad.

  2. I enjoy his blog, mostly. Blue Like Jazz sure was a great collection of ideas though. It put into words so many things that were already on my mind as a Christian. He's a wonderful communicator, though I can understand your wife's concern with him. He's a dangerous thinker. 😉

  3. I haven't read any Donald Miller books, maybe because it was such a fad to so at my small Christian university. He is, however, my husband's #2 mancrush (behind David Beckham, of course), and he has a quote about living a better story written in dry erase marker on his bathroom mirror. Funny story about Mr. Miller: he attended a Book Expo I worked and Jef had the opportunity to hear one of his conferences. Afterward, he was just feet away, and I nudged Jef to go meet him, but he suddenly got uncharacteristically shy 🙂

  4. I'm a big fan of Through Painted Deserts. However, there is one Donald Miller book I have been wanting to get my hands on, but haven't as of yet. It was actually his first one called: Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance.

    His books, for me, are appropriate at certain times. When you are at certain points in your life, where relating to what is being said helps along the way.

  5. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is my favorite book…it too changed my view on so much in my own life and career path. I have gotten to meet him once and hear him speak several times…he is brilliant to me and I secretly hope that he will come to Texas and take me out on a date!

  6. Just what seriously influenced you to write “Comic Strips | Our Marriage Project”?
    I personallyseriously appreciated the blog post!
    Thanks for your time -Michel

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