Win a copy of A Million Miles 4 yourself or 2 give 4 Christmas from @PaulSteinbrueck @DonMillerIs @ThomasNelson

a million miles in a thousand yearsIn A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller writes about his discovery that the same things that make for a great story also make for a great life.  He describes the elements of a great story and explains how the reader can write these elements into his or her own life to make it more fulfilling and compelling.

But if you know anything about Don Miller, you know it’s not written in a self-help sort of way.  It’s a narrative of discovery.  It flows from offbeat and funny to reflective and serious as Miller writes about the experience of creating a screenplay loosely based on his autobiographical book Blue Like Jazz and how that changed his life.

I found A Million Miles in a Thousand Years enjoyable to read.  But more than that it’s the kind of book that can change the reader’s life.  So, I want to give away a copy.

I’d you’d like to win a copy  for yourself or to give away as a Christmas gift read on.

One of the main principles in A Million Miles is:

A story is a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.

But as Miller explains in the author’s note:

If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end… you wouldn’t tell your friends… The truth is you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later… But we spend years actually living those stories.

For a story to be great, the protagonist has to want something really big – bigger than himself – and overcome big obstacles to get it.  And the same is true about life, if you want to live a great story, you have to strive for something really big – bigger than yourself.  True, isn’t it?

If you’d like to win a copy of for yourself:

First, post a comment about what you’re going to strive for in 2010 that will make your life a great story.

Then either Twitter: Win a copy of A Million Miles 4 yourself or 2 give 4 Christmas from @PaulSteinbrueck @DonMillerIs @ThomasNelson – http://bit.ly/8VlgO0

Or post a link to this post in Facebook.

If you’d like to win a copy to give as a Christmas gift:

Hey, don’t worry about re-gifting… I received two copies, one from @backstageleader the other from @human3rror (thanks again guys), I presume they received them from @ThomasNelson, so you would be quad-gifting, or something like that.  Anways…

First, without giving away the name of the person you have in mind, post a comment telling why you think A Million Miles would be a good gift for them.

Then either Twitter: Win a copy of A Million Miles 4 yourself or 2 give 4 Christmas from @PaulSteinbrueck @DonMillerIs @ThomasNelson – http://bit.ly/8VlgO0

Or post a link to this post in Facebook.

I will draw one random winner at 3 PM EST tomorrow (Thursday) and mail the book off as soon as I get an address, so you should get it before Christmas.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Donald Miller or Thomas Nelson, Inc in anyway, but I mention them in a shameless attempt to get them to retweet this post since in doing so they will get some extra pub too.

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