Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scary Close {book review}

This is the first book by Donald Miller that I have read and it won't be the last. I have a copy of his Blue Like Jazz and Josh & I are currently going through it together slowly but have only read the first chapter.

This book is really engaging, insightful and is a vulnerable journey that Donald shares his thoughts and wisdom he learned along the way. I have always been pretty intimate and open in relationships with family & friends but this gave me some interesting ideas and insight into how to interact with those I know who aren't as open.


After decades of failed relationships and painful drama, Donald Miller decided he’d had enough. Impressing people wasn’t helping him connect with anyone. He’d built a life of public isolation, yet he dreamed of meaningful relationships. So at forty years old he made a scary decision: to be himself no matter what it cost.
From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving. It is a story about knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career. And it all feels like a conversation with the best kind of friend: smart, funny, true, important.
Scary Close is Donald Miller at his best.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book are: 

Sometimes the story we're telling the world isn't half as endearing as the one that lives inside us. 

It costs personal fear to be authentic but the reward is integrity, and by that I mean a soul fully integrated, no difference between his act and his actual person. Having integrity is about being the same person on the inside that we are on the outside, and if we don’t have integrity, life becomes exhausting.

I don’t know if there’s a healthier way for two people to stay in love than to stop using each other to resolve their unfulfilled longings and, instead, start holding each other closely as they experience them.

I hope you go grab a copy this week and enjoy! 

I received a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers for a post and my honest opinion. 


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