Life Has To Be Lived

“No, life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath… We get one story, you and I, and one story alone.”

Donald Miller, from Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality (2003)


Portrait of Donald Miller via

Donald “Don” Miller (August 12, 1971 – present) is an American author, essayist, public speaker, and is the CEO of StoryBrand. Miller grew up in Huston, Texas. At the age of 21, he left home and traveled cross-country, ending up in Portland, Oregon. Miller published his first book Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance in 2000 to a lackluster reception. His second book, Blue Like Jazz (2003), would fair much better, and would slowly rise to become a New York Times Bestseller. Miller’s writings mostly encompass personal reflections about Christianity and self-discovery. In 2006 he would publish his fourth book, To Own A Dragon, which offered his reflections on growing up without a father. In 2008 he founded The Mentoring Project, a non-profit that partners with local churches to mentor fatherless young men. Today Miller continues to write, and lectures to a wide-range of audiences across the United States and beyond.

Editor’s Note: What feels like an appropriate quote, wishing you all a Happy New Year!

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