Sunday, September 10, 2006

Meeting Donald Miller


















Tonight was a cool night. Donald Miller was speaking at The Upper Room, which I have known about for months and had circled on my calendar. Don Miller, as you know, is the author of several books, including Blue Like Jazz and Searching for God knows What. If you ever read this blog, you know who Donald miller is. I digress. Angela and I went early, because we wanted to make sure we got good seats. We got there an hour and a half early and besides the janitors and the worship team, we were the only ones. We popped a squat on a couch in the foyer and hung out for a while. After about 25 minutes, I see a man and a woman stroll by, heading for the sanctuary. The man is bigger than I expected, taller and more broad shouldered, but I recognize him anyway. "That's him" I said to Angela, and we both jumped up and followed. "Hey Don," I called. He turned around and I shook his hand and introduced myself and I asked if he had some time to hang out. His assistant (the lady with him) said that he had sound check. I asked if I could get him to sign a couple of books, to which he gladly agreed.

He signed the books "All of Christ to Ya" and "All the hope of Father God to Ya." Ang and I got our picture taken with him (above) and chatted with him for a few minutes. I asked him what it was like to go from being a nobody to being a pretty famous author and speaker in a short time. He said he is asked that question a lot and doesn't have a real good answer for it. He said it doesn't change things as much as one might think, but he said he would think on it and let me know tomorrow (I get to go with a friend and interview him tomorrow).

As I reflect on Donald as a person (in person at least), I am impressed by how down to earth he is. He has a humility and a meekness about him that is refreshing. He is not at all into himself, and by no means does one get the idea that he thinks he is a big deal. It is as if it shocks him that he is famous more than anyone. He told me that his next project is a narrative piece called A Map of Eden. I look forward to that coming out, as I have read everything else he has written.

All in all, it was really cool to meet the man who is behind several books that I respect and admire. He certainly did not disappoint in person and I look forward to spending more time with him tomorrow. I will post another update tomorrow after the interview. Meanwhile, if you haven't read any Donald Miller, start right away. Move it to the top of your reading list. My recommendation is to start with BLJ, then read Searching for God Knows What, then Through Painted Deserts, then To Own a Dragon. I guarantee it will make you think and stretch you.

4 comments:

blessedmiriam said...

Okay, so now I must go repent because I am VERY jealous of you and Ang!!! I did not know that Donald Miller was coming to town. Is he still here? Is he speaking tonight (Thursday) anywhere???

I read BLJ two years ago. I devoured the book, laughing along the way and even crying. My favorite story was the "confessional booth." Reading that chapter made me cry. I aspire to "do ministry" with the amount of depth and sincerity that Donald writes about.

Mary Olson

blessedmiriam said...

Okay, so now I must go repent because I am VERY jealous of you and Ang!!! I did not know that Donald Miller was coming to town. Is he still here? Is he speaking tonight (Thursday) anywhere???

I read BLJ two years ago. I devoured the book, laughing along the way and even crying. My favorite story was the "confessional booth." Reading that chapter made me cry. I aspire to "do ministry" with the amount of depth and sincerity that Donald writes about.

Mary Olson

blessedmiriam said...

I guess I was so mad that I needed to repeat myself...

Nick said...

Haha.

Thanks again for the comment Mary. No, he left Tuesday Morning. I'm sorry, I didn't know you were so interested in him. I will be sure to let you know if he comes this way again.

BTW, make sure you read Searching for God Knows What. It is so great.