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Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy Hardcover – February 10, 2015
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About the Author
Donald Miller is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He helps people live a better story at storylineblog.com and helps leaders grow their businesses at storybrand.com. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.
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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
I'm grateful for the fresh wind in my sails courtesy of a writer I've appreciated for many years.