Through Painted Deserts

Donald Miller has released a new book so you know I have to write something about it. You guys who follow this blog who have seen it on the shelves have probably been waiting with baited breath for the first of the Through Painted Desert blog entries. Well I wasn’t able to get it on release day because my little sister actually got be a signed copy so I had to wait until this weekend to pick it up from her. It is my first signed book ever, which considering that I am an English major and I read all of the time I find sort of strange, but I digress.

There are 2 things that I want to share about the opening of this book. The first one is that Donald Miller got married and he didn’t tell me. I feel like I know this guy from his books, like I am reading his blog in paper form or something so I thought I would know about his wife and child. I was talking to my sister about it and she said, “Good for him!” like he was an old friend that she was happy for. I don’t know what it is about his writing, but I feel like I know him. I know that is strange, but it is about the best compliment I can give.

The second one is a quote from his introduction. He is talking about how there is a point in life where we all see that one day we will die, not just know that, but get our heads around it, and this was his quote.

So soon you will be in that part of the book where you are holding the bulk of the pages in your left hand, and only a thin wisp of the story in your right. You will know by the page count, not by the narrative, that the Author is wrapping things up. (xii)

I talked to a youth this past week about Katrina and how she thought that coupled with the tsunami a few months back that maybe the world was about to end. I said that for all of us the world is about to end. For everyone alive right now the world will end in less than 125 years. For most people it will end in less than 80. We need to look at the book of our lives and realize that there is an ending and as such we shouldn’t wait to live our lives. We need to start living now.

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