We had amazing success with our hidden manuscript campaign. I’ve received compliments on it, but the truth is I stole it from Derek Webb. Thanks Derek! The longest anybody had to wait was about ten minutes, and the shortest was when I said I was in front of the White House and somebody was there in about thirty seconds (they had been tipped off by an earlier hint.) All in all, you guys did great, and it won’t be the last time we play a game like this. So here is the grand finale. We are hiding the remaining manuscripts all over the country at the exact same time! That’s right, we are hitting thirteen cities at once. So here is the list of locations, and if there is one near you, stop reading this and go get it. Good luck! 8 Regina St. N. — Unit 5, Waterloo, ON 12175 Network Blvd., Ste. 150, San Antonio, TX 300 S. Main St., Royal Oak, MI 7400 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL 1505 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids MI 2743 Emerson St., Abbotsford, BC 5836 Northwest Expressway, Warr Acres, OK 73132 234 East Main Street, Dallastown, PA 17313 820 West Spring Creek [...]
I’d spent a year or so writing my first book, and it was coming out early in 2000. I had the first copies sent to Texas where I’d be spending Christmas. My family knew I had a book coming out, but they didn’t think they’d see it for months. I received a box Federal Express and hid it in the trunk of the car I was using. I was dying to take a look at it, but there were too many people around. Finally, I ran an errand (my Mother sent me to Wal Mart to return something) and when I got there I opened the trunk, and the box, and reached in for a copy of my book. It looked great. I’d helped design the cover and I was proud of it. Anyway, I went into the store, flipping through pages and smelling the ink. Then I got in line to return whatever it was I was returning and I started reading. My favorite lines in the book were in the last few paragraphs, a scene in which my friend Paul and I walk into the meadow at Black Butte Ranch to watch sunrise one last time before we [...]
Earlier this year I had the privilege of spending a couple days in Washington DC with Jeremy Cowart. Jeremy is a premier photographer whose photos are seen all over the world. We had lunch at a little Thai place near Georgetown and I asked him how things were going. He was about to accept a job traveling with Brittany Spears as the official photographer for her tour, so things were good. But he also wanted something more, he wanted to give back. He had an idea, and it was a good one. Jeremy talked about the need for everybody to have a good photo of themselves. In the age of social networking, where our pictures are everywhere, a good photo is an advantage. But he also mentioned that not everybody has a camera, or somebody to take their picture, or even a way to get that picture onto a computer. He specifically mentioned single moms looking for jobs, and that of course got my attention. His idea was to call all his photographer friends and have them set up their equipment on one specific day and take pictures of anybody who needed a good photo. And then give those people [...]
You can now embed the first thirty pages of A Million Mils on your website. Just visit this site, and embed the code like you would a YouTube video. You can also put it on your Facebook page. Thanks for all the help spreading the word. The book will be shipping from Amazon and Barnes within a very few days, and will be at your local bookstore within a couple weeks. Here we go! A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller
A couple weeks ago I sat down with Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. Michael has posted the interview on his blog, and I thought I’d re-post it here. Feel free to embed the code on your blog, too. It’s a three-part interview, so I’ll post the rest of it as Michael posts it on his site. You can learn more about Mike here. Thanks Mike.
Mentoring Spotlight – Ben and Dennis from The Mentoring Project on Vimeo. The Mentoring Project is providing mentors for fatherless boys through local churches. We have programs in about seven churches in Portland, but around 200 on a waiting list. Besides being a blast, mentoring changes lives. The infrastructure is there, and the mentors are there, we just want to provide the resources and training to change an entire generation through these important relationships. This video focuses on one of our Hero Mentors, Ben, and his mentee, Dennis. Two great guys! Feel free to share their story on your blog, or on Facebook. Thanks everybody, and thanks Ben and Dennis. You guys rock. The mentoring relationship between Ben and Dennis began about 6 months ago when Ben began hanging out at an after school program in SE Portland. After being at the school for a while, Ben thought it would be fun to build a model car with one of the students. The program coordinator then mentioned that Dennis liked to build things. That next week, Ben and Dennis met. There was an instant connection. Although Ben and Dennis have done many fun activities together, it is the confidence with [...]
I visit my Facebook page about once a month. I used to use it all the time, but now I don’t. I think they changed their format or something, and I didn’t bother figuring out how to click around. I’m thinking of getting rid of it all together because it’s just another way for me to annoy people. By that I mean it’s just another way for me to not return e-mails, or for that matter pithy comments on my wall. At one point last year I had more than five-hundred unopened messages. Not unreturned, but actually unopened. I’ve gotten that down to around 120 these days, but it’s still hard for me to make a personal connection via e-mail. I’m horrible about that stuff. But it’s scary. How will I know about important social causes? Facebook is the new Economist, you know. I like Twitter and it truly is how I keep tabs on my friends, but Facebook has become a hindrance. So, in seeking resolve, I fired some questions at my friend Anne Jackson, who deleted her facebook account several months ago and has never looked back. If you happen to be contemplating such things too, perhaps her [...]
When I was writing Searching, the book was always called “Our Circus of Redemption.” It never had another name, until the last minute. The idea for the name Searching for God Knows What began floating around late in the game, and I dismissed it immediately. I knew what the name of the book was, and we’d designed a cover and were going to press. But just before we printed the book, I got an e-mail convincing me to change the title. It was a passionate e-mail from a Vice President at Thomas Nelson. Who’s to know if the book would have done better under another title. It’s hard to argue with it’s success. However, the book has always been called Circus, in my mind. We even printed the old circus cover, with the new title on it….Anyway, now we are redesigning the cover. I like these covers more. And I may write another book expanding on lifeboat theory, and I’ll call that book Our Circus of Redemption for sure. That said, which one of these covers do you like best? • Option one is in the lower right (Roller Coaster) • Option two is in the center (Wagon Wheel) • [...]
Hey, would you mind posting this video on your Facebook page or blog? It’s our commercial for The Mentoring Project. Things are going well, to say the least. We continue to add mentors, and are hiring staff that will take us national. Exciting stuff. But the more we seed the idea that the church can provide mentors, the easier our job will be. All you have to do is embed this Vimeo video on your blog, or use the buttons to share the video with others. Much appreciated. The Mentoring Project – Elephant Musth Cycle from The Mentoring Project on Vimeo.