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- Publisher: Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501222325
- ISBN-13: 978-1501222320
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (800 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 www.creatingyourlifeplan.com and helps leaders grow their businesses at www.storybrand.com. Follow Don on Twitter at @donaldmiller.
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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 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.
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