I recently saw a book recommendation online for the book Scary Close by Donald Miller. I promptly put it on hold at a local library and picked it up to read. Scary Close is a story of the author’s journey through the habits and traits that prevented him from sustaining an intimate relationship.
I’ve been reading (usually nonfiction) books searching for advice and insight into relationships. That’s why Scary Close caught my eye. While the books I’ve been reading have been more focused on love or romantic relationships, I’ve found that the wisdom I’ve gained from them can apply to other types of relationships, such as with family or friends. I’ve gained what I think of as “life knowledge” from reading that I hope to apply to my own life and also share more of on this blog. This “life knowledge” is personal to myself and my outlook on life so feel free to disagree, agree or expand.
Back to the book…I found Scary Close inspiring in the deep honesty that Donald Miller openly speaks with. With the world of social media and technology, it isn’t often that we get to see someone’s true self and true feelings. When we do, it is a privilege. It was a privilege to read this book and learn from Miller’s authenticity. Without going too much into the book(I’ll save that for you to read on your own 😉 ), I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book:
We don’t think much about how our love stories will affect the world, but they do. Children learn what’s worth living for and what’s worth dying for by the stories they watch us live. I want to teach our children how to get scary close, and more, how to be brave. I want to teach them that love is worth what it costs.”
-Donald Miller, Scary Close