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.
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Great book. I didn't feel I related to the first half of the story as much (although I enjoyed it for the the author's insights and gift for storytelling), but I really feel that I learned some valuable nuggets from the second half that I can apply to my own relationships. The author writes so candidly-- full of great insights. Enjoyed the narrator, too.
Hit home on quite a few issues for me! Still single at 42 and I'm aware of my need to be more open and vulnerable with people. He accurately picks on many issues preventing people from intimacy. An enjoyable read.
"Outstanding book frustrating recording"
The book is outstanding but the producer(?) cut all the pauses and silent space out of the recording. Clearly, the narrator didn't do this in his performance, so I can't imagine why someone would do this on purpose? Please! Please! Please rerecord this book or remaster it from the original narration.
"Folksy, Religious Memoir"
It's unfortunate I didn't notice this is categorized as a personal memoir as I could have skipped it and saved myself the time and money. The description suggests the book will deliver guidance on improving intimacy. If you're Christian and in reasonably good mental health you'll probably find the string of anecdotes heart-warming, and you can likely tease out some guidance in the author's experiences that may be applicable to your life. Otherwise, not so much -- there's little in the stereotypical stories that's relevant. Probably fine for most, but personally disappointing. (And, as others have mentioned, the editing work is annoying. No breaks, and at least a few repeated sections.)
"Walking Away Full"
Don't read (or listen) often, but I was hooked. This one had me. Addresses so many key areas of life and made me think of many people who could also benefit from the book. Scary Close is scary good.
"Editing was poor"
The content was great, the narrator was good, but it's the editing that needs work. There are no pauses between chapters or profound thoughts! Give the listener a chance to soak in truths. There are so many in this book.
"Good but don miller should have narrated"
It was a slow start but worth finishing. A book like this I probably would have preferred to read a physical copy. It requires some reflection that is hard to accomplish with an audio version.
"Great Book, Iffy Editing"
The book was fantastic, but the editing of the audio itself was a little iffy. Sometimes he would finish a very profound sentence and thenChapter2We were on the dock by the river...the lack of spaces and pauses was a little annoying, but not enough to ruin it for me. Still worth a listen!
"I know this book has changed my life"
Wow, just wow. Literally unveiled patterns in my own life and guided me to an intense/clear realization about my past choices. I will never approach relationships as I once did. Thankful for this book!
"Good book but prefer author narrated"
I liked this book and I will yet consider the content the author brings about relationships and personality. I like that he uses life experiences to explain himself.
Only I prefer books read by the author them self, such as Donald's Blue Like Jazz. So it would be great to hear from the author(s) directly.
Amazing story, the book made me stop and reflect a few times. I had to slow down the speed to make the story sound right. It went way too fast without pauses if not.
Definitely some values and ideas that can be used in both current and future relationships. Highly recommend.
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