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Top Customer Reviews
Honestly, I didn’t love this book as much of some of his others until I realized what he was doing with this narrative. Much like his other memoirs, there is a mixture of stories from different points in his life, and once I realized that he was heading towards his marriage day with the narrative, I could see how these stories about the therapy he had went through, the relationships he had built and lost, and the conversations he was having with various people were all leading to his wedding day (the day that love wins, as he put it).
I started preparing my review for this book while I was in the middle of the book, and I wrote the following critique: I love Donald Miller’s book, but while this is likely his most personal book, it fails to be the most engaging.
The only reason I include it here is to inform people that if they feel like this at first, it’s OK...it gets better.
I’m a big fan of Don’s book, but have only read four of them. I plan to read his others, but for now, here is how I would rank his books that I’ve read:
1. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
2. Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation (formerly titled To Own a Dragon: Reflections On Growing Up Without A Father)
3. Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy
4. Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
I only have two books left by Don, so next on my list of “to reads” from Donald Miller will be either:
1. Searching for God Knows What
2. Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road
If you've ever felt that you could push yourself to become more vulnerable...
If you've ever felt like you were a failure...
Then you are not alone! Don is a great story teller not just when it comes to business, but when it comes to personal stories. Great lessons, timeless wisdom, & words that will sure to leave your heart full.
Vulnerability is a choice & speaking from experience, something that we can all work more on if we really want to connect intimately & deep with those around us. Especially when it comes to leading & growing a team in your business.
Highly recommend this one. Nice, smooth, & fast read that will stick with you & inspire you to want to live a better life.
- Kyle, Founder
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.