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!
"wish I heard this earlier"
glad to have listened to this, helped me realize many relationship mistakes I was making.
"Not what I expected"
Donald Miller is a good story teller, but I was expecting him to expound on how
The reader of this book made it hard to get through. Seemed very rushed. I recommend just buying the book and reading it yourself.
"Good thoughts, but very subjective"
If you like books about personal experiences that "can" have broad application, you will probably enjoy this book. After finding much of Don Miller's work (Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What) to be good but forgettable, I hoped this book would be a departure from that stream-of-consciousness writing style. His vulnerable style is refreshing but it often feels like writing books is a therapeutic assignment to process his experiences. If you want an excellent, thought-provoking and challenging book about relationships and learning to walk according to the Gospel (which Don seems to have a fairly loose grasp on), please check out "The Insanity of God" by Nik Ripken.
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