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I have to admit when I read the description I didn't think I connected with the topic and considered cancelling. I'm glad I didn't. It's one of Don's best books and I resonated with it. My wife read the intro and couldn't understand why I liked it so much. After she read the first two chapters she was in tears. Why? Because that's what happens when you have a deep conversation with an old friend.
Is it revolutionary? No. But I believe sometimes we need to hear wisdom in different voices or at different places in our lives before it makes sense or an impact. This is always true of scripture and for me, it was true with the content in Scary Close.
I won't go into the heart of the book. Some people like to read clinical breakdowns but often this can drain the energy from the experience of a really good book and leave us disconnected from it. If your on the fence like I was and considering passing, remember, it's a book not a mortgage. I hope others are touched by this book, but if not, it was a couple of hours with a friend talking about what affected him and maybe at the least it will be a lesson in empathy.
Each chapter details another step in Miller’s quest for true intimacy and healthy, honest relationships. Interspersed throughout each chapter are anecdotes involving friends of Miller’s, books he read, seminars he attended, and interactions with his fiancé that tie in to the main idea and help guide him on his journey.
Several of the topics covered include: The Distracting Noises of Insecurity, Everybody's Got a Story and It's Not the One They're Telling, Performance Anxiety in Real Life, The Risk of Being Careful, Great Parents Do This Well, Do Men Do Intimacy Differently?, and You Will Not Complete Me, amongst many others. Don looks in depth at many of the hang-ups and excuses surrounding relationships and addresses them with his trademark self-deprecating humor (he actually addresses this, too).
I highly recommend Scary Close. It will appeal to Donald Miller’s previous fans, and will be a helpful tool for anyone looking to engage in a healthy relationships at home, at work, or with friends. It is a quick read, but is full of ideas that can be processed slowly in order to fully digest them.
I received a preview copy of this book as part of Thomas Nelson’s BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.
I'm grateful for the fresh wind in my sails courtesy of a writer I've appreciated for many years.