life as a story

From Don Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”

“I wondered if life could be lived more like a good story in the first place. I wondered whether a person could plan a story for his life and live it intentionally” (39).

“A story is a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it” (48).

“[Jason] hadn’t provided a better role for his daughter. He hadn’t mapped out a story for his family. And so his daughter had chosen another story, a story in which she was wanted, even if she was only being used. In the absence of a family story, she’d chosen a story in which there was risk and adventure, rebellion and independence. ‘She’s not a bad girl,’ my friend said. ‘She was just choosing the best story available to her’” (51).

“I knew if we were going to tell a good story, it would have to involve risk” (52).


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