Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

Through Painted Deserts Light God and Beauty on the Open Road From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a road trip memoir about three months spent crossing the country in a Volkswagen camping van wondering out loud if there is to life than nine to five jobs tha

  • Title: Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road
  • Author: Donald Miller
  • ISBN: 9780785216438
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Audio CD
  • From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a road trip memoir about three months spent crossing the country in a Volkswagen camping van, wondering out loud if there is to life than nine to five jobs, than the ruts the entire world seems to be stuck in Follow Don and Paul as they dive headlong into the deepest of human questions and find answers outside words answers tFrom the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a road trip memoir about three months spent crossing the country in a Volkswagen camping van, wondering out loud if there is to life than nine to five jobs, than the ruts the entire world seems to be stuck in Follow Don and Paul as they dive headlong into the deepest of human questions and find answers outside words answers that have to be experienced to be believed.Day 1 Trips like ours are greener grass left unknown for fear of believing trite sayings sayings that are sometimes true But our friends back home live an existence under the weight and awareness of times a place we are slowly escaping a world growing fainter by the hour and the mile Day 13 It feels again that we are leaving who we were, moving on into the people we will become, hopefully, people with some kind of answers, some kind of thing to believe tht makes sense of beauty, of romance Something that would explain the red glow against Paul s face, the red glow that seems to be coming off the console Did you notice the engine light is lit, bud I ask Day 83 I sit in the van, waiting for her to come out when I notice a window in one of the classrooms open, and a backpack comes falling out, spilling a few books onto the lawn After the backpack comes Elida, falling atop the pack and laying low, peeking back into the window to see if the teacher noticed She gathers her books, reaches into the classroom and closes the window, then runs toward the van as though this were a prison break As you read Through Painted Deserts, you ll soon realize this is not just one man s account of finding light, God, and beauty on the open road Rather, this book maps the journey you re already traveling or soon will be.

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    1. Donald Miller

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Donald Miller grew up in Houston, Texas Leaving home at the age of twenty one, he traveled across the country until he ran out of money in Portland, Oregon, where he lives today Harvest House Publishers released his first book, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, in 2000 Two years later, after having audited classes at Portland s Reed College, Don wrote Blue Like Jazz, which would slowly become a New York Times Bestseller.In 2004 Don released Searching for God Knows What a book about how the Gospel of Jesus explains the human personality Searching has become required reading at numerous colleges across the country In 2005 he released Through Painted Deserts the story of he and a friends road trip across the country 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 Donald s life, as he founded the The Mentoring Project formerly the Belmont Foundation a non profit that partners with local churches to mentor fatherless young men.Don has teamed up with Steve Taylor and Ben Pearson to write the screenplay for Blue Like Jazz which will be filmed in Portland in the spring of 2008 and released thereafter.Don is the founder of The Belmont Foundation, a not for profit foundation which partners with working to recruit ten thousand mentors through one thousand churches as an answer to the crisis of fatherlessness in America.A sought after speaker, Don has delivered lectures to a wide range of audiences including the Women of Faith Conference, the Veritas Forum at Harvard University and the Veritas Forum at Cal Poly In 2008, Don was asked to deliver the closing prayer on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.Don s next book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years humorously and tenderly chronicles Don s experience with filmmakers as they edit his life for the screen, hoping to make it less boring When they start fictionalizing Don s life for film changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative the real life Don starts a journey to edit his actual life into a better story A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.


    1. When I first read this book, it was entitled "Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance", and I picked it up because of the obvious allusion to Robert Pirsig's classic "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (not that I had ever read it, mind you). I read it, really enjoyed it, and then had a friend tell me about Blue Like Jazz well over a year later; I actually did not make the connection that it was Miller's story until well into BLJ when he made an oblique mention to his trip. At any r [...]

    2. My new favorite author Donald Miller (he wrote Blue Like Jazz) and his friend Paul take a road trip from Texas to Oregon. Miller believes all of us must leave home at some point to discover who we are really meant to be. This book is a part of his journey towards himself and God.Miller feels most of us get caught asking "how" in life. How do I get a good job? How do I find a good wife? How do I buy a nice house? Yet Miller asks the "why" questions, which make his life more difficult. Why do I ne [...]

    3. About life. Great story. Real. Only complaint is unrealistic dialogue (humans talk in contractions). However, the adventures and messages in the book more than make up for that one continuous error. Debated about putting on Favorites shelf, but if I have to debate about it, then it's probably not a Favorite. Close, though.

    4. Through Painted Deserts is an autobiographical account of Miller driving with his friend Paul from Texas up to Oregon in a Volkswagen camper van. In many ways this book is a idealistic escape recounting an idealistic escape. To summarize, Don and Paul slowly make their way up to Portland, OR, sleeping in their van (mostly) the entire way. The friends encounter vehicular issues during their journey, sometimes as simple as a carburetor gas-cap but sometimes much more. I don't want to give too much [...]

    5. I can't believe that the guy who wrote this book (specifically emphasizing not feeling like you have to buy things to be happy) now runs a marketing company for a living. At any rate, this is early Donald Miller, and you can see the roots of what became the phenomenon of "Blue Like Jazz." This book is about a road trip. It's pretty good, but I found it all a bit funny when I thought about the actual timeline of the events in the book: you get Donald riffing deep about how hard it is to integrate [...]

    6. Midway through the book I was not enjoying the book terribly much, it was good, but it wasn't comparing to A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It wasn't too deep and I hadn't been awed by any truths yet, it was simply telling of the adventures Don and Paul had on their trip to Oregon, nothing too spiritually or otherwise deep. Then I was reading it before class one day and the girl next to me excitedly exclaims, "I love that book! Doesn't it just make you want to go on a road trip?". And since [...]

    7. I had to put this book down. I loved Blue Like Jazz, and saw this book for $5 at a used bookstore right before a long bus trip. This book was great, while I was on the bus. All the feelings of traveling and doing something new, hopes, dreams etcke this book enjoyable. That is when you might actually care about all the "fluff" that this book contains about Miller's own road trip with his friend. I found that once I got home and tried to read it, I felt like it was a waste of time. reading for pag [...]

    8. I loved this book despite its many flaws. The writing is uneven. The banter doesn't always come across that way and seems incredibly mean spirited. Not at all related to the uneven tone, the author also periodically behaves like a complete jackass and apparently had no shame about it because he wrote it down and shared it with us without apology. That said, sometimes the writing is truly beautiful. And the author's experiences are similar to some of my own road trips in one way or another (a cou [...]

    9. I purposely chose to read this book last out of all the Donald Miller books. I knew it would be my favorite and it did not disappoint. I’ve always been attracted to Miller’s writing style; something about it really resonates with me. It's more of a conversational style of writing. This book is about a road trip that Miller and a friend (Paul) take from Houston, TX to Portland, OR. I think the subtitle to this book perfectly sums up the story. “Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road.” I [...]

    10. After reading this I really want to read the other books in his repertoire. It was a nice light read that made me thing about the plans I had originally made for my life. Plans to see more of the world than I've seen so far and plans that didn't involve settling down in one location. I like the idea that while God doesn't always give us all that we ask for He does give according to our needs and that the life He gave us is meant to be enjoyed with all His simple blessings. We don't need much to [...]

    11. This book made me want to sell everything, buy a VW van, get my own dog and travel the country with no agenda. Essentially, "the entitled rich kid's after college dream." Some day I will get there. A great book about traveling, God, and big questions. One of the things that will stick with me from this book is at a point where he talks about Marriage as this beautiful companionship. He was able to describe marriage as I have always thought about it. It is pretty amazing to experience that now wi [...]

    12. Since I've wanted to be friends with Donald Miller for quite some time, it was a pleasure to take a road trip with him and be reminded that God is dazzling us. I feel like anytime I read Miller's writings, I'm reminded of what is important - not necessarily the specifics but the major ideas that make something worth the while. Definitely a book I'd recommend, really to anyone. Even if you aren't interested in spirituality at all.

    13. This is the revision of Don’s debut book, Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance. Compared to Blue Like Jazz and his other NY Times bestsellers, it wasn’t a hit. So he revised it after he gained many fans. I said it once, and I say it again: Don always writes page-turning prologues. However, in this one, the rest of the book was quite a disappointment. This is the least of Don’s memoirs. What’s worse for me is that I read this after A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, which for me [...]

    14. Narrated by Scott Brick. Early Donald Miller. Not the best book I've listened to, nor the best book Miller has written, but it was certainly okay. Brick is not my favorite narrator except he has one trait I appreciate - his voice/narration works at 1.5x speed so I know I can scoot through books he reads. This has been sitting in my library since I bought it for a road trip ages ago. We were following a similar route and I thought it would be a fun and thoughtful listen but we switched it off aft [...]

    15. This book was pretty lame, especially when compared with the other book of Miller's I have read, Searching For God Knows What. He attempts to be deep and thoughtful, but only comes across as shallow and thoughtless. His behavior throughout his travels are boorish and arrogant; I wouldn't want him for a travel partner, that's for sure. The most interesting part of the book was at the end where he's working at the summer camp near Sisters, Oregon, but that was short-lived.

    16. Reread one of my favorites by Miller. Definitely a great resource as I left my extended family in PA and moved to CO, and yet not as powerful to 32-year-old me as it had been more than a decade earlier.

    17. I have not read Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, and I think that might be part of why I ended up not getting this book.It is interesting, though. It follows a lot of the traditional rites of passage young men go through, particularly the famed "road trip" that American men have wanted to participate in ever since the automobile was invented, or at least since Kerouac released On the Road.But that is part of what confuses me. Miller frames the book wonderfully in [...]

    18. Riding through the country in an old, beat-up Volkswagon van, hiking the Grand Canyon, sleeping under the starsd exploring a brief hippy lifestyle. LOVE this Millerine, thoughtful, perceptive, relatable. And it makes me want to go on such a road trip.

    19. Donald Miller has some very accessible expressions relating to his experience with God, especially on the open road."Everyone has to change, or they expire. Everyone has to leave home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons.Funny how they guys who are really good at something never make you feel like crap about not being good at whatever they are good at.I don't want the perfect girl, really. You figure every girl is beautiful, you know. It's our arrogance that makes us think [...]

    20. I enjoyed Don Miller's Blue LIke Jazz and Searching for God Knows What. Both were enjoyable, easy reads containing good writing. And, Don Miller will ask some challenging questions of Christians, especially those who are cultural Christians.Through Painted Deserts continues this tradition. As two young men journey from Houston, Texas to Oregon, Don Miller provides us with details which make you feel as if you are sitting with them. My favorite excerpt from this book was the description of Las Ve [...]

    21. I've enjoyed Donald Miller's books in the past. In fact, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road is the third book that I've read of Miller's. In this case though, I found my thoughts on the book much more mixed than I did with either Blue Like Jazz or A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.Through Painted Deserts is a book about Miller's road trip with a friend in an old Volkswagen van. The story is about Miller leaving his hometown in Texas and seeing more of the world. T [...]

    22. I hesitate to put the label “Christian Writing” on this book, because that label automatically gains approval by some people and rejection by others. In all fairness to the book, it is a great read, and any reader will enjoy the story. The book is certainly more spiritual than religious, and not in any way dogmatic. The story of their hike into and back out of the Grand Canyon is in itself justification for reading the book. Donald Miller began his writing career with this work of nonfiction [...]

    23. I feel badly giving Donald Miller only two stars for this one after falling in love with him a little after reading Blue Like Jazz. It had some pleasant moments but read like someone's personal journal from a road trip. There was a lot of detail that was not really interesting or pertinent to the story, and nothing much really happens. I was irritated with some of his behavior toward the endling a high schooler he loves her? He doesn't really go deep here except for the author's note at the begi [...]

    24. Book is too dry.It's literally the entire memoir of a road trip. Obviously the expected landscape imagery; but the majority of the book was spent describing what a guy buys at a gas station, including an in-depth analysis of potato chips.Certain parts seemed to stand out simply because of their appeal from the numbing mindlessness of doing nothing on their road trip, it made anything else seem interesting.Real life nature is to be experienced and beheld, not described in a book, and that's typic [...]

    25. Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road was written after Blue Like Jazz (my review) but the events in the book took place mostly before Blue Like Jazz. Whoever thought it was a good idea to make a movie from Blue Like Jazz must be the same person who thought it be a good idea to have Don read his own audio books. He has a monotone way of reading that puts you to sleep, but it's generally my preference to hear the author tell his own story.Don and his friend Paul take a [...]

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