Friday, March 20, 2015

Read it: Scary Close

So funny story about this book. You know how you've never heard of something, but then you do, then suddenly see it everywhere? That's what happened with Scary Close. I saw it on a friend's Instagram account, then suddenly it was all over my Amazon recommendations and in conversations with friends. I took it as a sign I should read it, so I downloaded a preview of it to my Kindle right away.

The sample had me hooked within pages and as soon as I got to the end of that first chapter and had the option to head over to Amazon to buy it, I did. But then I saw that it was listed as a religious book in the Christian Living category. Now, of course I don't have anything against reading books about religion- I actually enjoy doing so- but as a non-religious person the one kind of book I probably wouldn't be into is a book considered a Christian "self-help" book with mentions of god and the Bible every other page. However, I liked the sample so much I decided to just go for it...and I'm glad I did.

Scary Close is one of the best non-fiction books I've read in awhile. I wouldn't consider it a "self-help" book at all actually- although it totally helped me in so many ways I feel like that category doesn't even begin to encompass everything this book is! It's a look at the author's life and his journey to find true intimacy while also being a guide to finding the meaning and true depth of connection in the relationships in our own lives, both romantic and platonic. And it's really a book full of encouragement to look at yourself in an authentic way- to remove all the b.s. and see yourself for who you are, and love others for who they are too.

This book really made me think, and also made me take a long, hard look at myself. It inspired me to do the work I need to do to continue on this path of self-betterment, and it also got me excited about LIFE in general. It was a quick, easy read and the conversational tone Donald Miller uses makes the pages fly on by. I've already recommended it to a few friends who all "binge-read" it like me, and loved it. And by the way, for you other non-religious folks, this book definitely isn't preachy or pushy by any means, and really just encompasses what I hope to be the best parts of any religion- love and acceptance of yourself and others.

Enjoy, and let me know if you pick it up!


  1. I have read a couple of his other books. They were great! I will have to check this out.

  2. I've really been making an effort to read more lately and I'm always searching for interesting books to put on my reading list. This sounds great - I think I'll check it out!

  3. I found out about this book like you, one friend posted an Instagram about it and then all of a sudden I saw things about it everywhere! Everything I've heard about this book have made it sound like a must read. It's been on my reading list.. I think it will be my next book purchase.

  4. His book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is also absolutely wonderful. I am a non-religious though definitely spiritual person who happens to be drawn to a lot of Christian authors. The authors I am drawn to are very relaxed in their Christianity however, they believe it deeply but they don't use it to judge others and I think that's beautiful. Shauna Neiquist is another wonderful writer who happens to be in the Christian Living/Christian Self-Help category, but I feel like you might really enjoy her stories. They are honest and beautiful and sometimes incredibly gut wrenching. But she is honest and from the heart and each stories gives pause, to be grateful for what we do have, to be honest about what tears us apart and to share with our community, whoever that may be.

  5. I love Donald Miller- great guy and fantastic author!

  6. this one makes me curious. i'll check it out

  7. Curious about this - it;s going on my to-read list! x


  8. This seems like quite an interesting book!!

    The Chronic Dreamer

  9. I was wondering why Donald Miller was on your blog :P I liked reading your perspective on this, and it's on my to-read books.


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