Maybe it is a story of self-discovery. Maybe a story about friendship. Maybe it is an exaltation of general revelation or about learning to perceive God. Maybe it is about growing older, growing wiser, growing…
Or, maybe it is just a story. Period. It is what it is.
Jacques Derrida said that “all the world is a text.” Donald Miller shares his reading of the world’s text as he and Paul set off on a three month journey from Texas to Oregon. It is a text filled with finely detailed watercolor illustrations; an old jalopy of a volkswagon van; the Grand Canyon, beautiful girls, and camping under the stars. A text filled with characters as diverse as the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales. A text read and interpreted by Miller, and verbalized so that others can see through his eyes.
I received as a birthday gift the audio book which is read by the author. Having experienced the story shared in Miller’s own voice it is hard for me to imagine reading the book rather than listening to it. It seems more like a story to be heard, not read. Like a story to be shared around a campfire or over a breakfast of eggs and tortillas.
Get the audio book and enjoy riding along with Don and Paul. But don’t come expecting to extract too much, and refrain from imposing too much upon it. Just enjoy the ride.