Donald Miller, author of the New York Times bestseller Blue Like Jazz, takes to the road this fall, visiting 65 cities by tour bus to launch his eagerly-awaited new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life (Thomas Nelson, $19.99 hardcover, October 2009).
Though in great demand as a speaker, Miller usually does just a few talks each year. “Donald Miller On Tour: An Evening with Donald Miller” will give his legion of fans, who turned Blue Like Jazz into a contemporary spiritual classic that has sold more than one million copies, the opportunity to see him live as he logs thousands, if not quite a million, miles.
One of the seven stops in the Southeast includes Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood. He will be there on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are on sale now through www.itickets.com or the church office at Trinity United Methodist Church. (Call 205-879-1737.)
Miller says he can't wait to hit the road and talk about this book, which tells how his life changed when he began to edit it as if he were a character in a movie. Working with filmmakers on a screenplay for a movie based on Blue Like Jazz, Miller realized that the same principles that make a great story are the elements that make a great life. He edits himself into a better story, opening himself up to new experiences, journeys, relationships, motivations, and character transformation. Now, he wants to help others live more meaningful stories, a message that will be at the heart of each “Evening with Donald Miller” on the tour.
Donald will be joined on tour by actor-comedian Susan Isaacs, author of Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir (FaithWords 2009). An alumnus of the acclaimed Groundlings comedy troupe who has appeared in movies such as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and TV shows such as Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, and My Name is Earl, Susan will be the opening act for Miller’s Birmingham, AL appearance. Her book chronicles her “middle class white girl’s dark night of the soul”—when she hit bottom, jobless, loveless and living over a garage at age 40, she realized her rocky relationship with God needed professional help, so she took Him to couples counseling. Originally staged as a solo show in New York and Los Angeles, it’s a cheeky account that even at its rawest is a heartfelt affirmation of faith.
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