What makes Donald Miller such a popular author? As evidenced in this book it’s numerous things. He’s just a plain ol’ exceptionally gifted writer. He’s a master story teller. He’s raw yet graceful with his words. He comes across as an extremely down-to-earth, humble, honest guy. He’s real. What he has to say is birthed out of experience so it doesn’t feel like he’s talking down at you. He isn’t preachy. He has his own scars, struggles, and weaknesses. It’s beautiful, and I’m grateful that he’s brave enough to share.
This isn’t a ten steps to being great at relationships book. As I mentioned, Donald is a story teller. Scary Close chronicles his own journey learning, growing, making mistakes, humiliation, and working to overcome his weaknesses becoming a better relational human being.
It’s an easy read, and one that should easily keep your attention. It’ll entertain you and make you think.
For some of the gold of this book, here are some highlight worthy quotes:
“It’s true: if we live behind a mask we can impress but we can’t connect.”
“We don’t think of our flaws as the glue that binds us to the people we love, but they are. Grace only sticks to our imperfections. Those who can’t accept their imperfections can’t accept grace either.”
“It’s a beautiful moment when somebody wakes up to this reality, when they realize God created them so other people could enjoy them, not just endure them.”
The book loses one star for the fact that coming from a Christian author I would’ve liked to see a clear explanation of the Gospel. He talks about God and Jesus, but I think he should’ve done a better job of talking about why Jesus matters. While the content of this book is good, it could’ve gone deeper. Love is great, marriage is awesome. Communication is good. Authenticity is important. But Jesus is better. Without him none of the other things matter.
This is a book about authenticity. And Donald models it so well. As he says: ““How can we be loved if we are always in hiding?”
Recommended read. No fluff, no filler. Just a solid, solid book. I’m looking forward to my next Donald Miller read.
I received a complimentary review copy courtesy of Booklook Bloggers and the publisher.
4/5 Paper Movement Stars