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Donald Miller & John MacMurray

Author of  To Own a Dragon: Reflections On Growing Up Without A Father

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Donald Miller & John MacMurray's Bio:
Donald Miller, 34, is the bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality; Searching for God Knows What; and Through Painted Deserts, which have sold over 700,000 copies combined. His candid, often hilarious writing on life, faith and meaning has attracted a devoted cult following.

Miller grew up in Houston, the only boy in a family of women. His father took off when he was two. He examines how his father’s absence shaped his life in his new book, To Own a Dragon, offering the benefit of his experience to other young men growing up without fathers. “This book has been healing for me to get on paper,” Miller says. “I hope something like my experience in writing this book happens for the reader.” He will launch a foundation this year to provide support for single mothers and mentors for fatherless children.

Miller’s writing often tackles what it means to be human; the deceptive messages of American consumer culture; redemption; doubt; and community. He finds spiritual insights everywhere from nature documentaries to Romeo and Juliet. His ability to use his life, friends, and foibles to illuminate universal questions has invited comparisons to Anne Lamott as well as to Douglas Coupland and David Sedaris.

A popular speaker at churches and on college campuses, Miller is the director of The Burnside Writers Collective and coeditor of The Ankeny Briefcase, a quarterly collection of short stories from unpublished writers, along with music from unsigned artists. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

John MacMurray has a master’s degree from Western Seminary and has taught the Bible for over twenty-five years. For nearly two decades, he has made his living as a landscape nature photographer. His images have appeared in National Geographic, Sierra Club, Audubon, and several other publications. John lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Terri, and their three children, Chris, Elle, and Cassey. John’s photography can be found in his two books: By Chance? Landscapes From the Canvas of the Creator and The Call of Creation: Nature’s Invitation to Worship.

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