“I no longer believe love works like a fairy tale but like farming. Most of it is just getting up early and tilling the soil and then praying for rain. But if we do the work, we just might wake up one day to find an endless field of crops rolling into the horizon. In my opinion, that’s even better than a miracle. I’d rather earn the money than win the lottery because there’s no joy in a reward unless it comes at the end of a story.” — Donald Miller, Scary Close
“Writers don’t make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don’t work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck’s book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man’s stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more.” — Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
“And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.” — Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Donald Miller is one-of-a-kind. His way with words and wisdom speaks to me like no other author. The real experiences he shares, along with reflections about faith, love and life, really makes me analyze why I do the things I do, while challenging me to be true to myself and vulnerable with others. Miller’s storytelling is tremendous, especially in “Scary Close.” Once I begin reading his books, I never want to stop. I feel like I am immersed in his life and his reality has become my own. Overall, if you want a good book that will make you think about some of the hard things in life that we all experience, then check out Donald Miller. He’s phenomenal.