Book Notes: Interview with Donald Miller, Part 3

As I mentioned Monday, this month we start shipping Donald Miller’s new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Though we haven’t started shipping, the book was #2,900 on Monday on Amazon. Yesterday, it was #1,270. Now it is #755! 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 my second post, you might want to do that first. It will give you the background and context for this third installment in the series.

Previously, 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 62 cities this fall to promote this book. Chances are, he is coming to a city near you!

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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  • CKC

    Great interview. Inspirational author.

    Only 19 this year, done with the studying-aspect of school. Moving on to Shanghai for 6 months of internship.

    All my life I've been planning, or had my life planned out for me. Having grown up in a christian family, there are many ideals that my parents want me to be – Pastor, Businessman, Missionary, etc. Having a passion for the corporate world, I've more or less honoured my parents' "businessman" wish.

    But there are times when I just feel lost in life, albeit always wanting to please God with every decision in life. I can associate myself – I think – with the author's dilemma, and this book would be a great guideline for me.

    P.S. Long time lurker, first time poster (:


  • pam hogeweide

    Hi Michael,
    I am enjoying the pre-release buzz of Don’s new book.

    You can send me one of those complementary copies and I’ll tell you why: my coffee table. It is bare and naked and in need of a book with a snazzy title to glam it up. My friends have magazines and candles and coasters dolling up their living room furniture. My coffee table, picked up from a vintage store (vintage is the hipsterfied word for second-hand), sits lonely and forlorn without a companion. I tried to hook it up with a Dekker novel but it just wasn’t a good look.

    I am convinced that A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. (or is it A Thousand Miles in a Million Years….?). would be the perfect showpiece for my wood-paneled retro coffee table.

    Send me a copy and I will send you a photo of the two of them together. Then you’ll see how right I am. (And if you disagree, I’ll ship it back to you. The coffee table, I mean, not the book!)

    from a Woman and her Lonely Coffee Table in Portland

    • Pam Hogeweide

      (yes! I just received my complementary copy today. Thank you Michael and Lindsey and the rest of the TN staff!)

      An update to my comment above: I've been housebound with a virus so I had a bit too much time on my hands. I must be feeling better for here is a little Flip video I made this afternoon. Readers will understand the context if they are regular readers and know about the recent and similar offer of a boxed set of Ted Dekker's Circle series.

      Here's the link to the video:

  • Todd

    I love Don and his writing. He just feels so fresh and honest. None of his books feels like traditional Christian writing. I hope he keeps the new material coming. I always look forward to it.

    Would I like to receive a free copy of Don's new book? Oh Yes! What will I do with it? Well, in truth, I've already pre-ordered the book on Amazon which I did after Micheal's wonderful post about how to create a "co-author" website. Too funny. But if I did receive a free copy I wouldn't cancel my pre-order. I want to support the author. So what I would do with the book is give it to my brother-in-law who is an avid reader and loves good writing but wouldn't buy a "Christian" book to save his life. Literally. But given how nontraditional Don's writing is I think he might really read Don and even enjoy it.

    Keep up the great work, Mike. Love your blog.

  • Cassandra Smith

    I remember getting "Blue Like Jazz". I heard about it, but didn't know Don Miller, or the story. I started reading just before I went to sleep. I ended up staying awake until 5am–finishing the entire book.

    There is something about Miller's style which gives me a sense of relevance I find unique and unseen with many authors.

    He is real and vulnerable in his struggles, mistakes, and hopes. He presents a relationship with God as an everyday "he was with me" type faith, instead of a thousand formulas.

    I have been eager to read the his next book, and have looked forward to it for months. I snagged an excerpt of it in Barnes and Noble the other day. I am quite curious to see what he has to say about living your story well, and how we are all called to live a story. I feel like he is going to give me a perspective on adventure and authenticity, faith and failure, joy and journey.

    That just happens to be what I am looking for.

  • Amy Storms

    I love my husband. Andy is the joy of my heart and the father of my children. However, when Andy dies, I fully intend to marry Donald Miller. In which case, I'd like to know more of his story.

    (Great interview–looking forward to another great book!)

    Amy Storms

  • Lissaatthebeach

    I was intrigued by Donald Miller's concept that our true identity comes from outside of us. I currently don't hold that view, but am curious as to how he comes to that conclusion. It's obvious his book is more than fluff–but based on his introspective experience. I am 50 and have more than likely written over half of my story; but hopefully still have a large portion left. If his book can influence that story for the good-which I suspect it can, I'd love to read it.

    BTW, I love your blog. I've forwarded several to my pastor. Does sucking up help in your decision? :)

  • Richmond riter

    I'm a writer, with my first book coming out this March. It's story-based and autobiographical, as I identify themes in my experiences in 40 countries around the world. It is a primer for global followers of Christ as they adapt to the changing world, seeking to be salt and light even as traditional "mission" approaches are showing their age.

    I then heard Don speak in Oregon a few months ago, to a small group of us. His account of his journey and his observations about story resonated with what I've been learning and seeing. I'm certain that his new book will provide both inspiration and also direction for my next steps.

  • Kristine Pratt

    Thank you for doing this, Michael!

    I would like the book because quite honestly in the last week my life has fallen apart and the direction I thought I was going has just gotten turned on its ear. Can the book help? I don't honestly know. But anything that can provide me a little direction right now would be good.

    I'm not saying I deserve a book more than any person here. I won't use the terrible circumstances with which I've found myself recently as a way to earn a pity vote. Quite honestly, I only ask that you pray and select accordingly, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And to whomever gets a book, may they be abundantly blessed by it.

    Thank you!

  • kimand

    I always enjoy hearing or reading about parent/child relationships and Donald's reconnection with his dad sounds inspiring and very moving. I know God has used that brokenness in his life to start his foundation and serve fatherless children around the world. It's awesome to see how God uses our wounds for His glory.

    It was also fun to hear how Donald is using Twitter to connect with readers and promote his book–a great use of this new social media.

    I'd love to read his book and hope I'm in the top 100. Thanks for your consideration, Michael! Your blog is my favorite and I'm really not just saying that for the free book.

  • Philip Rothschild

    Thanks Mike. Great interview.

    Interestingly enough Donald Miller and I have something in common. We both sought out the father we never knew or met. I tracked mine down at about age 40 in New Jersey. Very cool. So I want to hear Donald Miller's story. We all ready autobiographically don't we. My best. Philip Rothschild

  • Clifton Ditmore

    I would love to receive a copy of this book.
    1. When I heard about it I IMMEDIATELY BEGAN THINKING OF ALL THE PEOPLE I WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH. I am a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson and many come to my blog to read the reviews.
    2. I QUICKLY emailed that I was interested within 16 minutes. They were all gone in 15 minutes.
    3. I was SAD because I missed the chance to read this book and share it with others. (As a retired pastor living on Social Security I will need to start saving my "pennies". I must have this book and dispel my sadness)

  • Jerry

    I'd like a copy of this book because there are no green puppies.

    Donald's previous books have led to hours of conversation, bridge building & character development with many of my 20-Something friends (I'm 51). I've been involved in many latte-induced comas discussing Blue Like Jazz while recovering my faith in and enthusiasm for the next generation of leaders.

    Books, lattes, discussion groups, community & green puppies. That's my case.

    BTW – enjoy Colorado. I may see you while you're in town.


  • Jennifer

    Been waiting and praying a long time for God to write me one incredible story and then came across Donald Miller's new book and thought, "maybe this is God's way of telling me that I don't have to wait. Maybe it's me that needs to take the initiative in telling my own story, the story I want my life to reflect." From what I've read thus far of a Million Miles, (so far the first three chapters) I'm starting to think that might be more and more the case.

    Anyway, really look forward to reading the "rest of the story" (and if before the release date, even better). A Million Miles is sure to be an inspiration! I can hardly wait!

  • Alla_S

    I would like to receive a copy of this title to review on my blog which largely focuses on books about celebrities and/or celebrity lifestyles, mostly non-fiction, or books (occassionally fiction) by well-known authors.

    Some of the related titles I previously reviewed included Piers Morgan's (from "America's Got Talent" and "Celebrity Apprentice") Tom Bergeron's ("America's Funniest Home Videos," "Dancing with the Stars") and Michael J. Fox's ("Back to the Future," "Family Ties") memoirs, among others. I feel that Don Miller's showbiz memoir about having his life made into a movie would be interesting to review.

    In addition to my blog, I'm willing to paste my review of this book on two retail sites (Amazon and Barnes & Nobles) and e-mail you the link to my review when I post it.

    Thank you, and looking forward to hopefully reviewing this title as well.

  • Veronica Jones-Brown

    Mike, enjoyed the interview series. I look forward to reading, discussing learning from, and writing about the book.

  • tomken

    Hi Mike,
    I would like a copy of this book because Don's discussion and analysis about story has had a great impact on my life. Nov of 2007 Don spoke at my church and his talk was about "story". My story and our stories together. He had a great impact on me that day. I reflected much about how lucky I was to be a part of my parents story and I actually took action and drafted them a letter. I thanked them specifically in my letter for the great story they continue to live. As a parent of 3 myself now I continue to have a great appreciation on how my story can and will be a part of their life. I don't think a week has passed that I haven't made the comment to myself, or outloud to my wife "Do you want that in your story?"
    I am eager to learn more about Don's thoughts on this topic by reading the new book. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

  • tomken

    What I like about Don's interview is how honest and sincere he is when he talks. He is the real deal to me.
    Here is a portion of the letter I wrote my parents based on the talk I was luck to hear that day.

    "Dad, your story is awesome. You have taken risks, been unselfish in your time and commitment with helping others. Your have personally been driven to achieve and deliver results for yourself and others. Your drive and desire to always do everything to the maximum and not settle for less is amazing. You have always chosen to do things the right way, with integrity and honor. Never at the expense of others. You continue to lead a great story and I am very proud to be you son and a part of your story. Your commitments and actions have changed many peoples lives, including mine and my families. People have set their compass to you and what you were striving to achieve. The things you have chosen to do, and not do in your life have been a great model for me to grow up witnessing. You have a great story! You have been rewarded with the Volvo (a reference to the recording), but I don't believe that was ever your real driver, or your goal.

  • tomken

    Mom, you have always been the caregiver to anyone in need. You unselfish commitment to help others when in need by providing Love, care and encouragement is amazing. You have been giving out Love to your family and others for as long as I can remember. I believe you are truly an example of God's Grace and Love. You were always there to encourage and guide me. You were always in my corner, cheering me on and encouraging me. Actions you have chosen in your life and the things you have chosen not to do in your life are again great examples for me and others. Creating and running a home with such a safe loving environment for you family is a great story.
    Together you and Dad have achieved many admirable things, taking risks at times, and together making it a success."

    Mike! I love your blog and can't wait to read the new book.

  • Chris R

    Mike – Thank you for teaching so many valuable lessons through your blog over the years. Your video interviews with Don Miller were well done. As I approach my 40th birthday later this month, I have been thinking about my own story and character. If selected, I know that I would inspired by Don's new book. Take care.


  • Kit Palmer


    Loved all 3 parts of this interview, and I'm really looking forward to the book! I must admit that I'm pretty bummed that D.M. tour isn't coming closer to Charleston, SC.

    BTW, how are you liking the Vibram 5 Fingers?

  • Nathan

    I believe strongly in the power of story – it is the theme of all my life passions. In business – how springboard story telling can engage a message and incite a movement; in mission – how a story can coalesce a group and inspire them to work together to achieve a vision; and in community/relationships – how stories bind us together and help us know each other and learn from each other.

    I'm relatively proactive in seeking where I am going, but I'd never thought of screenwriting my own story; of being the protagonist who is intentionally scribing the next scene.

    And at this stage of life, I feel the need to transition from my current level to the next level, to reestablish an ambition and a cause that I want to sacrifice for, to overcome conflict for. I feel a lot of resonance for Don's story, and would like the chance to adapt it as my own.

    (In fairness, I can afford to buy this book myself, but I think getting it as a gift would be more inspiring and a nice part of the opening chapter of this new story :-)

  • mike St. Pierre


    I loved Blue Like Jazz and found it THE MOST helpful book for non-believer students. I've shared it with kids who were so hard of heart- and it worked!

    I'm hoping to be able to use Million Miles to encourage more of my students who are going through tough times.

  • Brady Lee

    My first encounter with Donald Miller was his book, Searching for God Knows What. At the suggestion of a friend, I made the leap, and like you I gobbled it up. His last chapter—the explanation of Romeo and Juliet as a profound understanding of the Gospel—seems to me one of the most brilliant analyses of Shakespeare and Christ that we have today. A short while later, I read Blue Like Jazz, though I viewed its treasures like the man who is visiting Florence after spending so much time in Rome—yes, Michelangelo’s David is magnificent, but Rome houses the sculpture of his successor Bernini.

    On an even more personal level, I view Searching for God Knows What as applicable to the Christian who is disenchanted with their own formulaic walk, while Blue Like Jazz is a wonderful tonic for the Christian who is disenchanted with the formulaic walk of American Christianity. As last summer was spent searching for God knows what, I gravitated towards the book of the same title. As my journey continues, and as I continually find myself being fed spiritually through Miller’s writing, I would love a copy of his new book. Cheers.

  • Sandy

    I would love to read this book for many reasons but after reading some of the comments posted by other people I think so many of them have more compelling reasons for the book. I hope Paul, The Mayor above gets a copy. Like all of us he sounds like he could use encouragement on the journey. Have fun choosing!

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  • sailorscott

    Dear Michael,

    I don't know if you have chosen your one hundred people as of one o'clock on Thursday, but I wanted to say one last thing. I have continued to enjoy each of the three videos from Don, especially this last one where he discusses the journey of relationship with his father. I was so moved and inspired by To Own A Dragon and I am excited to hear that he will discuss this further in Million Miles.

    For every soul that has a mate, there are five others that travel alone. Page by page in each of Don's books feels like having a companion in my soul that is willing to stretch his lamplight into the corners and hold my hand through whatever may be revealed.

    I hope that he will continue to have the courage to write authentically and the kindness to share life with those of us coming up behind.

    P.S. I received an error message after my last comment when I tried to enter my mailing address into your form, so I am going to include it here just in case.

    Sailor Scott Baker
    1676 Belledeer Dr.
    Cordova, TN 38016


    PO Box 3229
    Brentwood, TN 37024

  • The_Mayor

    Hi Michael,

    Really enjoyed the interview of Donald Miller!

    Back in 1990 I found my real father after 38 years and had the opportunity to fly out to Oregon to spend a few weeks with him and my step-mother, I call her my mother the younger, as I was older than her (everyone got a kick out of it) I had a blast telling everyone I was older than my mother, then watching their faces. My Father and I communicated almost daily for 10 years mostly by phone and chatting on the internet and I got to know him before He passed away. Our relation began from the time we met, we did not look back, we looked forward. I thank the Lord for those years that He gave me to know my Father.

    I can relate to things that Donald shared and I think his book would be a great insight for me, to write my own story. In 2003, my life took on another journey, as I began the battle against cancer. I found out that I had colon cancer, my journey began in February 2003, Chemo and radation from February till May, two major surgeries first in May and the second in September, and in January 2004, my wife of 29 years filed for divorce and in June of 2004, I was divorced not by choice.

    A lot has happen, it is not the path I would have chosen, but the Lord taken these last five years and used what could have destroyed me to make me stronger, my writing, blogging, coffee cup ministry, was birthed out of all us, I lost everything to gain everything, have three great children, three great grand-children, they have watched how God has brought me through all this, the passion He has given me for those who have dealt with cancer, dealt with divorce, loneless, etc and has allow me to touch the lives of others by just listening and being there, I can't do what I use to but I can do what He has called me too. I am on full disability, so time is one thing that I have, rather than staying at home, I go out into the market place, to write, to listen, to encouage and listen to others stories.

    He called me to go into the market place, in the coffee shops, to be there, to listen, too be available to those he brings into my life, to exhort, encourage others and to remind them we are never without hope, that we don't have to live with bitterness, we can forgive, because He did.I have hurts and wounds, but He took the bitterness and bringing healing to the wounds, for her and me. My former wife was going through things in her life also, empty house, empty nest, health, we allow ourselves to lose focus of the Lord, my prayer for her is that she will find that first love experience with the Lord again, as I did, for we have been blessed with awesome kids.

    Don't know why I am sharing so much, but that is what is on my heart at this moment and I feel that Don's book would be a blessing and inspiration to write my story for my kids, for my friends, for those in my life.

    Thanks for the interviews Michael, I will be spending a lot more time on your blog!

    Writing for the King,

    The Mayor :-)
    The Mayor of Starbucks <span class="idc-smiley"><span style="background-position: 0pt 0pt;"><span>:-)</span></span></span> , now that is another story!

    P.S. I have read Blue Like Jazz several years ago, my son's copy :-)

  • @adamwc

    I'd love a chance to get this book – even though I'm a little late. Any chance of still getting it?

  • Tony

    Don is one of my favorite writers. He has always had such a transcendent sense of how to smith words.

    Thank you for giving us a chance to connect with both the man and the author.

    Listening to him talk about his father was my favorite section. It is no wonder that he is so beloved; he is able to write from such an expansive reservoir.

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  • W. Mark Thompson

    Man! More good nuggets in this video.
    “Doesn’t matter if you win. It matters if you give your life to it.”
    “A relief of not having to confront an uncertain & mysterious past comes back alive to confront.”
    “Facing your past – even though really nervous about it – isn’t about me.”

    There are entire books that do not have as much good content as this <5 minute video.
    Thanks for sharing, MH!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mark!