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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Review: Donald Miller's Scary Close

I've only read one other Donald Miller book, Blue Like Jazz, and as a young college student I related to it. Now Miller is back after a few years of not writing a book that is a transition into maturity, and suiting for my current time in life. Miller has a way with words and with his humor, and his ability to share his own shortcoming and use real scenarios helps the reader gravitate toward him.

Summary: Donald Miller was beginning to notice a pattern in his life of failed relationships, and social situations of pretending to keep up an act. Meeting Betsy, his wife, began to open his eyes to seeking true intimacy with other people. Miller explores his own life, and how his influences have hindered or helped him now, and he also tells stories from friends about their own search to find better relationships. As you're reading the stories the reader also begins to think about their own life, and the patterns they make in forming relationships. It's an eye opening read for not only the reader, but an act of exploration for the authors.

I was surprised when I read Relevant's recommendations of books to read this year, and Donald Miller's was absent from the list. The magazine has been oddly mute regarding the very popular millennial author's book release. Outside of that source I had heard many good things about this book. Knowing Miller he puts his all into a book, and even though it reads like a memoir you also learn a lot about yourself while reading as well.

In relationships we can be quick to blame other people why out relationship with them didn't work out. You can apply this to many types of relationships, but the primary focus that Miller goes in on is parenting and romantic relationships. It makes sense as these two types of relationships will have the most influence on your life, and for many people it will bring up great questions to consider.

If you enjoyed Blue Like Jazz then you are most likely going to like this one the same or more. It doesn't fall to be less than it though. There is wiser ideas, and the book seems more personal. Blue Like Jazz seemed to have much more of story related accounts, and this one embarks on a lot of personal questions where Miller is seeking answers about himself.

The book stays intriguing toward the end, and the book is well laid out with each chapter moving the previous forward in how we see Miller progressing, and even ourselves. I found one of the interesting chapters to be on Donald and Betsey's realization and the gravity of having children. I would recommend this book for sure to people who are considering being parents. Overall the book just feels like it could be for anyone. It's real and honest.

This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a review. 

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