Book Notes: Interview with Donald Miller, Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, this month we start shipping Donald Miller’s new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It hasn’t even started shipping yet, but yesterday it was #2,900 on Amazon. Right now, it is #1,270! In a minute I will tell you how to get a copy free.

If you are reading this post and can’t see this video, then click here.

If you didn’t read my first post or watch part one of my interview with Don, you might want to do that first. It will give you the background and context for this second installment in the series.

Yesterday, I announced that we would give away 250 copies of the book to our Book Review Bloggers. They were snatched up within 15 minutes of my announcement! Given the pre-launch buzz on this book, I think it is going to be huge.

Regardless, you can still get a free copy of the book. Here’s how:

  1. Leave a comment on this post below. Tell me why you want this book. Be creative.
  2. Enter your shipping information in the special form I have set up for this book. Do NOT leave your address in the comment itself.

On Thursday, I will select 100 people, based solely on my arbitrary and subjective evaluation of their comments. If you are one of those selected, I will notify you via email. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume you didn’t make the cut.

By the way, you can find the official book Web site here, along with Don’s tour schedule. Believe it or not, he will be traveling to 60 cities this fall to promote this book. Chances are, he is coming to a city near you!

I will post part three of this interview tomorrow.

Update: We have now given away all of our free copies. However, you will be able to pick up a copy of the book from your favorite bookseller soon. It is shipping to stores now.
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  • kitpalmer

    Being first to comment has to count for something! I love Donald Miller and would love to get this book (if I don't win, I'm still gonna buy it!).

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I appreciate your enthusiasm—and jumping in!

  • http://www.veronicajonesbrown.com Veronica Jones-Brown

    I like this interview series with Donald Miller; it gives readers the opportunity to see that his writing authentically reflects the man. (I signed up for the book give-away yesterday. I'm just making a comment about today's video.)

  • http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com Women Living Well

    I am a Thomas Nelson Book Reviewer and DID NOT get a copy – they were gone so FAST!!! Oh I'm bummed – so if you send me a copy I will read it and do a GIVEAWAY on my blog to get extra buzz out of it! Thanks for the opportunity and I LOVE your site – this is my first time to ever comment but I've been following for a while. Your blog has been so helpful on the topics of facebook, twitter and blogging. I follow you on twitter by the way :-) Maybe that's some extra brownie points hehe! (And thank you so sincerely much for the opportunity to review books – it has been a complete blessing in my life. I'm reading/reviewing Max Lucado's Fearless right now and will be giving it away to a reader also.)
    Courtney
    http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com

  • http://www.jbunch.wordpress.com Jason Bunch

    I have always loved Donald Miller's writing and influence. A college group that I helped with while in school actually tried to do the Confession Booth (taken from Blue Like Jazz) and we had some mix reviews. God has truly used Donald to speak into the lives of myself and many of my friends.

    I actually tried to request a copy and I was denied because I wasn't quick enough. I would love to receive a free copy. But if you don't choose me, I will still get it off the shelves. Thanks for showing these interviews.

  • http://www.billwhitt.com/blog Bill Whitt

    MIchael — you should know that when you're finished filling your address into the "special form," it redirects you to the "Born to Run" post instead of the "Interview with Donald Miller" post. I think I should get extra credit toward a free book for noticing that! ;)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Bill, you're right! I have fixed it. I agree you should get extra credit. You are the very first person to notice!

      • http://www.billwhitt.com/blog Bill Whitt

        Yay! At least that might make up for the typo I made in my contest-entry comment!?

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/mikerand mikerand

        Another bug to fix. I had no account on your website so i went to create one. After I did as you can see above the system did not allow me to create a comment. instead it created a blank comment as seen above.
        It is hard to be creative in a case like this. (Perhaps I am being creative by using this comment option to report this bug back to you). I liked the stories and would like to read the book to learn more.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

          I don't see a blank comment. Also, you shouldn't have to register at all. What browser are you using and what version?

          Thanks for your persistence.

  • http://www.jenjotsthoughtsat.blogspot.com Jen Nixon

    I'd love to throw myself into this story and swim my way out! :) Thanks! I'm enjoying the interviews!

  • Melanie Afman

    Don Miller's books always make me look at my life and think about what I'm doing with the time I've been given. I'm currently face-to-face with my biggest fear of loneliness…I think reading A Million Miles is going to help me embrace the idea of change in a positive light and tackle this fear head-on along with a healthy dose of prayer and reflection. The 1st time I read BLJ, it made me truly excited about a Christian author who wrote the way I thought and lived life. Can't wait to see what's in store in this next book!

  • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com/ Gail

    This is such a great interview. (And you guys are so cute!!) I want to explore Don's observations in much greater depth so I definitely need my own copy of the book—a hard copy to underline and comment in—because it will take some major contemplation to shift how I look at and how I live my life.

    Don said that we don't like change and he implied that we want the short-cuts in life. I'm afraid that's true of me. To intentionally through myself into "conflict", to take the more difficult road, is very scary. Yet I am beginning to see that the easy way out is not only boring and unfulfilling, but stops me from becoming the fullest expression of whom God created me to be.

    You once said that if you were God and wanted to create a person who would have tremendous gifts and value for the Kingdom of God, you wouldn't hand him a winning lottery ticket and expect him to become that person all of a sudden. You would orchestrate situations which would challenge, reveal and strengthen the gifts you had given him so he could become his highest self.

    Don takes this idea a step further. We can be intentional about these challenges. Wow. We can stop avoiding the "conflicts" and embrace them instead. If I can practice this, my life can be a great story and hopefully inspire others. And, I will be able to discover my truest self in the process.

    Gimme that book!! ;-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Okay, now you might have a slight advantage that others don't have. I'll see what I can do! ;-) back at cha.

  • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com/ Gail

    Typo in my post: … intentionally THROW …

  • Dean

    The honesty of Don Miller's writings inspire me to be honest with myself. As a pastor I need mentors of authenticity in my life. Thanks for your consideration!

  • Terry Glaspey

    I work in the publishing industry and was the editor who acquired Don’s first book. His second book, Blue Like Jazz, was picked up by Thomas Nelson and went on to be a smashing success. I remember reading that book while taking the chunnel from England to Paris. People around me probably wondered why I was smiling and chuckling so much. It was also a book which moved me deeply and helped me to see my faith with a fresh and honest perspective. Don’s books have continued to have that impact on me. As one from a generation earlier, I have found voices like Don’s so helpful in challenging a Christian subculture that is so often mistaken for Christianity itself. We who are a bit older have much to learn from our younger brothers and sisters.

    Honest truth is that I will buy the book even if I don’t get a free copy. But I wanted to take the opportunity to publically acknowledge my debt to Don, and as an editor to express my appreciation for his unique and creative gift. I feel both awe and jealousy about his way with words. Don cracks me up…and always moves my mind, heart, and soul. I’m glad for my role in getting to introduce him to a Christian world that needs to hear voices like his.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Terry. We appreciate you acquiring that first book and seeing Don't potential. He has really had an impact on me, too.

  • Brooke

    Why do you want this book?
    For the simple reason that I look forward to reading a well written, compelling, book that asks me to reflect upon my life and relationship with God. And Donald Miller’s books always meet those descriptions.
    Also, Donald Miller’s line in Through Painted Deserts, “I am talking about the earth God meant to speak before we finished his sentence, (Miller, p. 4)” will always resonate with me. It requires me to ask of myself how many sentences I have abruptly completed in my life, before God spoke the end.
    What is it about Don’s interview that you find compelling?
    His authenticity. He openly is himself even when posted on a video blog for millions of people to see. In a society where most people wear masks in effort to gain acceptance it is wonderful to see someone’s true face and hear their un-edited thoughts. I think that’s why I love Donald Miller’s books, they feel unedited.

  • http://www.brandilyncollins.com Brandilyn Collins

    As a longtime student of Story, I found myself nodding at all that Donald Miller had to say on the subject. The protaginist's Desire that propels the entire story, the inciting incident, the immediate gut reaction to refuse the call of that incident, because we don't like change. And even when we do face the conflict, as first we humans tend to think it will be simple. We don't like to think of our lives totally changing. "If I just do this, it'll all work out and I can get back on my normal path…"

    Borrowing from life to create Story is what I do. I'm fascinated by Miller's flipping of that coin–borrowing from Story to create life. The concept of the book resonates with me, and it will be very interesting to discuss this book with my colleagues.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/cburi cburi

    I've read everything that Miller wrote
    It's all been awesome stuff
    But like S'Mores or Cocoa Puffs
    How can you get enough?

    From Blue Like Jazz, to ". .. God Knows What"
    His writing is unique
    I'd love to get his newest book
    And give you my critique!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/JeffHolton Jeffrey Holton

      Ok, Mr. Hyatt, I know you don't need my opinion, but this deserves two copies! :)

      I think I'll leave my next comment in haiku.

  • Gary Davidson

    These book note interviews are great. Thank you for making yourself available to expose this audience to our great authors. Don's book is destined to be a best seller for many years to come. His insight into story is timely and needed by the masses. Thanks again.

  • Katy Maki

    (Think of Bob Dylan's "Million Miles" playing in the background)
    As an avid follower of Donald Miller, I have been waiting in great anticipation for his next title "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years." I've suscribed to your and Don's tweets, I've been following the blogs/websites, and the small taste of the book that I got just wasn't enough to satisfy this girl's soul.

  • Katy Maki

    (CONT from above)
    So my true hope is to grab a copy of his book before it's released, as waiting til the 29th feels like it will be thousand years. Since I missed the manuscript in Nashville and missed the chance to get a copy to blog about it, this is my last hope. As someone who works for Dave Ramsey and is full on board for getting out of debt, Im unable to fit in purchasing extras into my budget at the moment. BUT we can always play let's make a deal. I'll get you a Dave Ramsey book for a Donald Miller book-both which have the ability to be life changing. And if I need Dave to put in a call for me, don't think I won't ;) I can promise you that if I get this book, I won't be the only one it impacts, it will be passed along and enjoyed thoroughly by many others.

    Thanks for your consideration. And thanks for publishing this book. :)

  • BobcatBill

    OK, so the story goes like this…

    The Protagonist? Me

    What does he want? a free copy of a Million Miles in a Thousand Years

    The Inciting Incident? Why this excellent blog of course. Without your video posting and commenting I would never have known my prize was within reach.

    What happens when the protagonist achieves his goal? A whole new story…

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/ClayofCO ClayofCO

    Let me offer two reasons why I would appreciate a copy of Don's book. The first is personal. I'm 58, a writer, a creator, and a restless Christian. I feel intuitively that the resolution of my life story is still ahead. A Million Miles could be a great place to start writing the story of the next stretch of road on my journey with God. The second reason is paternal. My 25 year-old daughter is a writer, blogger, and thinker at the trailhead for her own life journey. She's begun writing and speaking about her experience of being "storyformed" by the hundreds of books she has read. I want to encourage her to keep writing her story. So, if you pass a book my way, it will be a twofer–one book, two lives. I read slowly, she reads fast, so she'll get it first, and then me. And then let the late-night discussions begin!

  • http://www.nolanbobbitt.com Nolan Bobbitt

    I have read a few books and found myself shocked to watch a video of or see that author live in an interview or preaching setting–it seemed like the "author" was a completely different person than the "speaker." One thing I really appreciate about this interview is that I see the same Don Miller in both the interview and through his written word. Thanks to both of you for taking the time to do the interview and post it.
    I entered a comment yesterday and I am shamelessly attempting to increase my chances to get "A Million Miles" by leaving another one today! I would really appreciate getting this book for free, but like the previous commenter, I would LOVE to have one in my hand prior to leaving for vacation on September 16. Thanks for considering me.

    P.S. I did notice the "Born to Run" re-direct yesterday as well, but just thought it was "suggestive selling"!

  • http://www.felicitywhite.com Felicity

    Notice: This is my second entry, but I think it's going to be WAY better than yesterday's entry. (If I can only have one, just choose the one you like!)

    Don's voice and relaxed delivery are so compelling in these interviews. He remains somewhat mysterious with his boyish smile but fatherly clothes, and the combination conveys authenticity. All the cool kids like him, but he refuses to play by their rules which makes us all feel included. He mentioned in the first video that it turned out the Christian culture was looking for a guy like him and I couldn't agree more.

    Today I'm challenged most by the insight Gail also highlighted in her comment: we have to throw ourselves into story if we want to experience true satisfaction with our lives. May I be brave enough to do it in my own!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mhb mhb

    I have to be honest and say I did not read any required books for high school-not a single one. I was never an avid reader and never found literature to be interesting. During my senior year, I picked up Blue Like Jazz and finished it in two days. I did not put it down except to sleep (yes I ate with BLJ in hand). After that, not only did I read everything else Don wrote, but a multitude of other books of all shapes and sizes.

    I have to give Don credit for getting me back into reading. As a senior in college now (and a Journalism major), I aspire to be a writer much like Don has become: a true storyteller and an inspiration to people. I have missed reading books by Don, although his blog and constant twittering have sufficed for now. I would appreciate it tremendously to have a copy of A Million Miles!!

  • http://www.jonathaneverette.com jonathan everette

    I would love a free copy of Donald's new book because I am just a tad bit funnier and just a slight bit of a better writter than Donald, and I want to keep up with the competition. I've got to know the competition. :) Actually, I think Donald is one of the freshest, original voices writing today and as a church planter I love to learn from fresh voices.

  • http://www.biscuet.com Biscuet

    I'm a christian worker in Beijing, China. I can't run down the street to the barnes & noble and pick up any books, or i would. Getting my hands on good books is extremely difficult and, as a result, my library is slim. I'd love to get Don's book and add it to my small, but powerful arsenal of books that i have here with me in China.

  • Mary Anderson

    Well, I can see you will have a tough decision to make here! Iwould like the book because I am in the midst of my million miles and would like to see how Donald has captured that ability to be right in the story while writing it. I have taken a year off to move to a new city and am trying to discern where God would like me…so any and all help is appreciated. Meanwhile, I keep plugging along with our project in Nicaragua (Project Chacocente) and travel around the world taking youth to 3rd world countries to see how God plays out in the lives of the poor…an incredibly awesome and humbling experience. I have never read Donal yet but am off to the store tomorrow to see if I can find Blue Like Jazz. Thanks for the chance at a free book…hope you choose me!

  • http://www.biscuet.com Biscuet

    By the way, don't not pick me because you don't want to ship to China. In the address form i put my stateside office address and they will hand deliver the book to me in October if you decide to pick me. (see what i go through just to get a good book in my hands! haha!)

  • Brett

    One's whole life is a story. At the same time, created stories are of equal value to one's life. Now, God lets a story immerse a man in itself. The influence thereof is in one respect experiential–the wisdom, the understanding, the courage, the mindset, the hope, the ambition which the story unfolds: all are things which the "audience" (man) experiences as much as he experiences the rest of his ("non-fiction") life. Likewise does the story experience flow into all of his life. My conviction is that joy, the art of relationship, love, and the like, can be learned–if not completely–by immersion in, losing oneself in a (important quality: good) story. Though he is the audience of a story, man is essential to it, and the story is essential of him.
    How profound, then, is the understanding of (all) life as story, and the understanding of God as Author; Christ as Word. What mysteries remain!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Beaconhillnw Jim

    i live about 45 minutes north of portland…i'm a fan of his writing…i love the fact that he is getting a big push from bloggers and social media

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Man_of_Issachar Man_of_Issachar

    Why is it that the thrill of flying is preceded by the fear of falling? Experiencing change personally and encouraging others to change, to become a person who stay sas close to God as Elijah – hearing from God as people approach you. That is connected change. Will the book help me in the quest. Miller's books always have int he past

  • Aaron

    I'm interested in the book, because to be honest, I'm a little bit of a skeptic. On the one hand, his honesty and "differentness" from the lock step approach of many in the church is refreshing. On the other hand, I was surprised to see him make some of the decisions he made in the last election, given our President's position on the civil rights of the unborn, etc.

    So I guess the reason I'm commenting for consideration to get this book is — I'm curious as to what makes Don Miller tick. Your interview has strengthened my appetite to figure that out. I'm sure I still won't agree with his perspective on everything, but I'm curious to figure him out. :)

    Thanks for the great interview, Mike.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/drdon1 drdon1

    Earlier in the summer, Don posted a portion of one of his chapters from the "Million Miles." Don begins by walking a path of common discourse, and then suddenly takes the reader into rarely-explored country. As a cross-cultural resercher, I regularly encounter the power of story in other cultures . In one sense, we are all unfinished stories but many have missed the plot, and we misidentify our antagonist(s). My own wanderings snap back into step with God when I remember that He is the Protagonist of the greatest story: He is faced with a great challenge and is putting everything He has to gain what He loves. One of the greatest bridges we have to the many oral cultures around the world is the Story of a loving creator who is in passionate pursuit of His people. Many American Christians have yet to appreciate the deep wisdom of oral storying. As I train a new generation of researchers, I am looking for a way to help them appreciate the power of story by entering into their own story. And that is why I would love a copy of this book. Thanks, Don, for introducing story to a new generation who longs to know their place in the story. And thanks to Michael for publishing this book!

  • http://twitter.com/debbieweil @debbieweil

    Mike, you do such a great job of demystifying the publishing process on your blog and in your videos. This interview with Donald Miller makes me itch to get my hands on his book. I'm fascinated by the conceit of the book – editing and rewriting the story of your life — and also by Don's existential dilemma of whether he is a "writer." As the author of one book – and working on a 2nd – I wrestle with this myself. What makes you a writer? How does the act of writing change your life story? Gosh, I'd *love* to read Don's new book. And of course I'll blog and Tweet about it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/yooper1714 yooper1714

    Let's be real, Donald Miller has gone from virtual unknown to one of the biggest pop stars in Christianity today. He is a voice to a younger generation that is having difficult finding a solid grasp on church, Christianity and God Himself.
    I have difficulty weighing out whether the questions Miller raises about church and God are warranted and if it leads people to a stronger relationship with Jesus or a more cynical view of the whole church in general.
    Because I am a blogger, I want to give Miller's book a critique from a more conservative, non emerging bend. I like him but I don't love him. Simply I think that if God is raising him up to be a voice, then what kind of effect will this book have on a continually seeking culture? Thanks for the consideration and opening up more books. =)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JeffHolton Jeffrey Holton

    The interview series with him has prompted some life-altering questions for me, like, "How the heck does Michael Hyatt keep all those bookshelves so dust-free?" And "What happened to the copy of 'Toxic Fat' that was behind Miller's right shoulder in part 1? It wasn't there in part 3!"

    But seriously, I was transfixed by his association between fiction and personal narrative. If I don't like the way my story is going, I need to write a new one.

    I need to find out more about that. I also need to find out more about Donald Miller, because it appears that there are sure a lot worse people to emulate.

    Inspired by Miller's blog post on July 31, I responded at http://jjustj.livejournal.com/499802.html thus:

    "Why am I a Christian? Because the Author hasn't finished writing the story yet, and I wanna find out how I end."

    In the meanwhile, I need to find out what happens to Miller in the middle.

  • http://www.caroleledbetter.com Carole Ledbetter

    I am a person who likes change. Is it because I get bored easily? Don't know. I am a writer and speaker who addresses the topics of change and identity–how we see ourselves, and how we see God. I am looking forward to reading Don's thoughts in his new book. Hope to promote the new book because I know how much I've appreciated it when other authors have promoted mine.

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  • Randy Blessing

    I would love to win Ted Dekkers Circle Trilogy books. I have been a fan of Ted Dekker for years but have never had the chance to read these books. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Lance Walker

    Mr. Hyatt,
    Since I am trying to win one of the 15 box sets I will make this as "colorful" (Red, Green, etc….) as I can! I will get right to the point and try not to talk in "circles"! In all "series"ousness I have never read any of Ted Dekker's books but I am a big fan of yours and of action adventure type novels. I would love to give his books a try. Just one question though: If I read at least two of these books does that make me a "double dekkie"?
    Lance Walker

  • D Brooks

    This book, GREEN, isdriving me CRazy! I have borrowed a book from an avid fan of Ted Dekker. He has been trying to get me to read THE books. But I haven't been reading any fiction lately. I really thought I would not read past the first few pages – oh well… that's history. I can't stop reading it. I HAVE to go to bed sometime! I still don't see how in the world it can be the beginning and the end of The CIRCLE series. Where in the world is this going! My friend wants the book back, so I have to have my own. Where do I go from GREEN???? The youth series, the circle series, or what. I am totally confused now!

  • Shelby Beyer

    Hi My name is Shelby, I am a 13 yr old Jr. High student in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. I read my first book from Mr. Dekker when I was 11, and have not stopped. I read the trilogy in a week and a half and have been driving my mom insane waitting for Green. Thanks to Mr. Dekker my opinion of Christian books and authors have changed dramaticaly in the past few years, and Mr. Dekker has also inspired me to try my hand at writting as well. According to my mom I've been blessed with a gift. Thank you! Other than being a HUGE FAN, I am chomping at the bit to get green so i can share my reading advertures with my friends and fellow students, that hear me ramble about all the GREAT books I read from Mr. Dekker.

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  • http://jonsampson.wordpress.com Jon

    Donald Miller is an amazing storyteller. I'm trying to get better at that. This book would help! (Plus, it sounds like a great read).

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    “Taking the long route prepares us to better value the city when you get there.”  Great lesson. Tough lesson. But great.