I love the idea of "story" as it relates to life and faith--and that is what this book is all about. It is about realizing that our personal stories are important and significant parts of the larger story of God. Throughout Miller's narrative he encourages the reader to recognize the important parts of our life stories, to acknowledge how they affect the overall stories of our lives and to realize that our stories can be edited. Each person has a lot to do with the writing and the editing of their own stories.
As Miller shared stories about himself and others I was reminded that there is an "author" in each of our lives that give our life experiences purpose. "Without story, experiences are just random." (pg. 27) Miller doesn't skirt the issue that not all stories in this life turn out "happily every after." Like the best stories, life is filled with conflict, antagonists and risk to overcome.
As I read Miller's book I found myself wanting to live a "good" story and help others get out of a "bad" story. Reading Miller's words confirmed in my mind that I know what it takes to live a better story than I am living. And now, I don't have a choice because, "Not living a better story would be like deciding to die, deciding to walk around numb until you die, and it's not natural to want to die." (pg. 66)
There is someone writing each one of us. There is a plan, there is a way, there is a path--there is a great story that each of us needs to let God write in and through our lives. "People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen." (pg. 100) When I landed on the last page of Miller's book I found myself wanting to live a great story and willing to pay the price for the joy that accompanies a great story.
"Sharing a story with somebody [makes] the story more meaningful." (pg. 154) This is true when you go to the movies and it is especially true when you are living life. Thanks for letting me share a bit of the story of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It is a good read.