Donald Miller has always been unlike any Christian author I have read before. He rocked my world in Blue Like Jazz. He inspired me to get off my rear end and start living my life in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I’ve always been a big fan of Miller being an open and authentic writer plus an avid student of life. His latest book, Scary Close was released this month and it’s unlike anything he’s written before.
I thought Miller was an honest writer before but he takes honesty to a whole new level in Scary Close. This book is raw, transparent, uncomfortable and beautiful. Miller has always been an avid observer of people and situations. He eagerly seeks out opportunities to learn and study successful people whether it’s in business, family or in life. In Scary Close, Miller becomes a student of himself as he strives to learn why his past relationships went wrong, where he wasn’t being honest with himself, and learning how to let go of the romantic epic ideals he had in his own mind.
As he dates the woman who eventually becomes his wife, Miller appears to hold nothing back as he shares his private ugly thoughts, his mistakes and what he’s learning from them through counseling, mentorship and observing his friends and soon-to-be in-laws. Donald Miller’s writing style is as open and comfortable as ever but there’s a new level of transparency in Scary Close. He shares with his audience on how he’s truly learning to love others and himself. Miller shares the tools he’s acquired along his journey and teaches the reader how to use them as well.
Scary Close is now my favorite book by Donald Miller.