Scary Close is an apt title for this book because in it, Donald Miller allows his readers to get scary close. In his latest offering Miller pulls back the curtain of his life and heart and permits us to see the good and the bad, the successes and the struggles.
This is my first time to read a Donald Miller book. I’ve heard of him as an author and have even had a paperback copy of Blue Like Jazz sitting on my dresser for a while. For me, it was a great introduction to his writing.
In chapter 11 of his book, Miller writes this: “Vulnerability has served me well. It’s one of the few ways I’ve been able to connect with others, including readers.” This book is all about the author being vulnerable.
In Scary Close Miller shares about his tendency as a writer to disconnect from people so he can write books that impress people. He describes his journey to a therapy camp for adults that helped him uncover some things about himself and how we relates to others. From that experience he reveals a painful memory from is growing up years that impacted him more than he realized. He confesses his struggles in dating relationships and describes his courtship with the woman who is now is wife.
This statement probably sums up his book well: The idea that authenticity leads to deep and healthy relationships fixated me for a long time. I’m convinced honesty is the soil intimacy grows in.
This is an honest an honest where Miller connects with his readers, but also provides some principles and tools for the reader to move toward intimacy in his/her relationships.
I found the book to be both challenging and engaging. Plus, it moved me to pick up the copy of Blue Like Jazz sitting on my dresser. I’m already 7 chapters in.