Donald Miller (author)
|Born||August 12, 1971|
|Occupation||Author, Public speaker|
Donald "Don" Miller (born August 12, 1971) is a best-selling American author and public speaker based in Portland, Oregon who focuses on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, meaning, and the human struggle".
At 21, Miller left his home in Pearland, Texas and went to Portland, Oregon, where he put down roots as he had planned when he started his road trip a few months before. Miller's first book, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance (Harvest House Publishers 2000), chronicled the cross-country road trip he took at age 21. It was printed with little fanfare, but it was republished more successfully in 2005 as Through Painted Deserts. During this time, Miller was the editor of an online Christian magazine called roadsearching.com and the owner of a small Portland-based publishing company called Coffee House Books, which published home schooling textbooks. Miller became a New York Times Bestselling Author when he published Blue Like Jazz in 2003. In 2004, Miller released Searching For God Knows What, which explores how the life of Jesus illustrates the human personality. In 2006, he added another book, To Own A Dragon, which offered Miller's reflections on growing up without a father. This book reflected an interest already present in Miller's life, as he founded The Mentoring Project, a non-profit that partners with local churches to mentor fatherless young men. Don's next book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, was released in late 2009. Later that year, Miller began production of All Things Converge http://www.allthingsconverge.com/ —a series of DVDs for small groups that feature Miller interviewing prominent Christian writers and theologians. The first three DVDs in the series were released in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Miller also serves as the Founding Director of The Burnside Writers Collective, a group of spiritual writers who contribute to an online magazine.
Miller is recognized for his feelings that Christian faith should be a relationship, rather than a formula. He writes in Searching for God Knows What that too many Christians act like the Bible is a sort of math textbook, rather than a long story of God's involvement with people through friendships with Biblical figures like Adam, Abraham, and Moses. This emphasis on the Bible as a narrative has made his writings popular with many involved in the emerging church conversation. Miller does not consider himself a follower of the movement; he still recognizes the need of mankind to recognize its depravity so that it might better teach the concept of love.
Miller delivered the first night's closing prayer at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008.
Miller serves on President Barack Obama's Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families.
- Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance: Finding God on the Open Road, 2000 (Harvest House Publishers) Note: republished as Through Painted Deserts
- Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, 2003 (Nelson Books)
- Searching For God Knows What, 2004 (Nelson Books)
- Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road, 2005 (Nelson Books)
- To Own a Dragon: Reflections On Growing Up Without a Father, 2006 (NavPress) Note: expanded and republished as "Father Fiction"
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Fall 2009 (Nelson Books)
- "Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation"
- "Storyline: Finding Your Subplot in God's Story," 2012 (Donald Miller Words, LLC)
- Official web site
- Burnside Writer's Collective
- The Mentoring Project
- Donald Miller fan page on MySpace
- 2000 interview with Donald Miller from the Billy Graham teen website passageway.org (accessible via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)
- The Meadow at Black Butte Ranch, a poem by Donald Miller, reprinted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (from Miller's roadsearching.com webzine) on the Billy Graham teen website passageway.org (accessible via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)
- Ride:Well Bike Tour Website for the cross-country bicycle trip Don Miller took in June and July 2008. Eighteen people cycled cross country to raise money and awareness for the non-profit, Blood:Water Mission.
- Miller, Donald (2003). Blue Like Jazz. Denver, Tennessee: Nelson Books.
- Cameron Strang (March 2, 2007). "The Don Miller Interview, Pt. 2". RELEVANT Magazine (Podcast). http://www.relevantmag.com/relevant_podcast/030207_podcast.mp3. Retrieved March 5, 2007.