All this week, I’ll be postings short reviews (and doing GIVEAWAYS!!) of new book releases that I think the Slugs & Bugs Blog readers will enjoy. First up, Scary Close by Donald Miller.
I read and enjoyed Don’s breakout best seller, Blue Like Jazz. And I listened to A Million Miles In A Thousand Years while flying to Ethiopia to pick up our youngest son. It was a fitting companion for a guy on a life changing journey.
In Scary Close, Donald Miller takes the reader on a different kind of journey. Harnessing his gift for concise, readable prose, Miller reveals the deep loneliness and fear that he carried from his childhood through his tremendous success as an author, and shares the touchstones that lead to healing with surprising vulnerability and candor. It is a compelling, deeply insightful read that challenges the reader to consider ways he or she might sabotage their relationships without knowing it. Whether from the perspective of a husband, friend or parent, Scary Close will help any reader uncover relational blind spots.
All that said, the book covers terribly personal, internal ground, and there may be a few moments where you disagree with a premise or two. However, at the heart of the book is Miller’s willingness to bare the unflattering details of his internal journey, for the glory of Christ and the benefit of His Church. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever read a memoir that was so committed to loving the reader, and so unconcerned about lowering the author. I kept thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe he shared that.” until I stopped thinking about Don at all. By the end of the book, the reader is ready to lock arms with Don or whoever is nearby and commit to the pursuit of honest, selfless love in their relationships. If you can’t tell, I highly recommend this book to humans everywhere.
Lucky for you, I have an extra copy, and if you leave a comment below with your favorite word (in any language), I’ll enter you in a drawing to win your own copy of Scary Close.
(Winners revealed next week! Tune in tomorrow for a chance to win The Green Ember!)
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