I love Donald Miller. He makes me think. He makes me laugh. He makes me wonder. This book made me realize that ’story’ is a part of our lives. We are the story. We are “a” character in the story that is part of a much bigger story! He says, “A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it is the basic structure of a good story.” He later explains, “It’s not a book; it’s a movie. We have to show it. A character is what he does.”
That was far to revealing. My character is more than my desire and my thoughts. It is my belief’s, desires and thoughts put to action. It is true that we are whole! But people’s perceptions of us are based on what they hear us say and what they see us do. They know nothing of what we think or feel. A great story should include all of these areas.
All of us are writers. Every writer knows what to do. ”You put something on the page. Your life is a blank page. You write on it.” Doing what we feel and desire is difficult. The most often repeated commandment in the Bible is “Do not fear.” We have to overcome our fears and do the things that God has placed on our hearts.
Miller has done an outstanding job of helping us understand that our lives tell a story and our story plays a significant part in a grander story. We choose to put the story into ‘play.’
This is a great read. Hang in there for the first 4 chapters as he sets the stage. It will be worth your while and you will have a story to live and tell!