Posts Tagged ‘Donald Miller’

For years now I have been a professed theologian.  My bookshelves are full of works by authors whose names I can barely pronounce writing about topics and using words from languages I cannot speak.  I have always enjoyed reading books of great depth and importance and this has kept me almost exclusively in the camp of serious non-fiction.  I occasionally made some time for some fictional works or less serious reading, but I usually felt guilty like a diabetic eating chocolate cake – it was fun but I was pretty sure it was not healthy for me or profitable.

That being said, this current admission comes with no feeling of guilt of pangs of conscience: I love good stories more than anything.  It may be fiction or non but I can read a book full of good stories with the kind of joy and tirelessness that should accompany only Homer Simpson at an all-you-can-eat buffet.  And I’m not necessarily talking about biographies here.  They are often filled with a lot of boring minutia that only the authors’ mother could love.  I have fallen in love with Donald Miller‘s disarming and self-deprecating honesty, Douglas Coupland‘s strange but unbelievably insightful stories about post-modern life, and most recently Matt Mikalatos‘s funny and poignant book “Imaginary Jesus“.  In all honesty I’ve been finding far more food for thought and more life changing insights in the stories than I have by keeping on reading the seemingly never ending debate over the same church related issues in every book I have read over the past five to ten years.  It is not that I do not still read more traditional non-fiction ministry related books – they will always have their place and I do enjoy them- but I have found that these stories have been causing me to think more and change my life more than many other kinds of books have in recent history.

I still think that there will always be a place in my life and my studies for more traditional non-fictional didactic teaching type books, but if Jesus thought that teaching through stories was a good idea once in a while there is probably some space to be made in my reading for stories too.  If ever you want to take me out or invite me over for a beverage of some description make sure to bring your good stories with you.

imagesWell, I know I’ve been talking about it for a while now.  I even had a post about six months ago about my dreams of being an author.  Thankfully that day has finally come.  It hasn’t been an easy secret to keep over the past while, but Donald Miller finally decided to let the cat out of the bag in a press release this morning.  His new book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”, has a co-author and that co-author is me.  It’s been really busy trying to keep up with church work, be a dad and a husband, but it’s all been worth it.  Make sure you pick up the book, it’s a great read.  More than anything I’m just glad that I don’t have to keep the secret anymore.

Here’s the link to the press release.  I really hope you enjoy the book.

I know that one of the most common laments of the modern human is that they just wish things would be normal – I’ve even been guilty of this from time to time – but tonight I came to realization that I have little to no desire for normal.  Part of my problem recently is that I’ve been striving for normalcy over the last while and that’s exactly why I’ve been struggling to be happy where I’m at.  Everyone and everything in this tiny town is just too . . . “normal”.  It’s almost like living in a giant stereotype: everyone and everything seems to fit their roles perfectly and very little is other than what you’d expect.  There are almost no eccentrics in this town and when there are they don’t stay long before moving along because, in my estimation, they can’t stand the normalcy here and the normalcy can’t stand them.

Maybe I’m just romanticizing other people’s lives, or big city life, but I miss having eccentric friends.  I miss having people with interesting lives and interesting points of view around me on a regular basis.  Maybe I’ve been reading too much Donald Miller lately, but I would love to have some eccentric friends like he mentions he has in his books.  I had lots of them in college and I still keep in touch with a number of them, but it’s nowhere near the same as actually having them around to share your life with from day to day.  I have so many interests in this life that I have real desire to have friends that are similarly broad in scope.  The people that I know here are great, but they aren’t as eccentric or broad as I’d be comfortable with to really call a close friend.

Anyways, that’s my self-indulgent post for the day.  Here’s to hoping there are some interesting people moving to town soon or I may well lose my mind all together.  In the mean time I guess there’s always video games.  Hopefully I’ll have something a little more useful to post here later this week.