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Publisher's Summary

After decades of failed relationships and painful drama, Donald Miller decided he'd had enough. Impressing people wasn't helping him connect with anyone. He'd built a life of public isolation, yet he dreamed of meaningful relationships. So at forty years old, he made a scary decision: to be himself no matter what it cost.

From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving. It is a story about knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career. And it all feels like a conversation with the best kind of friend: smart, funny, true, important. Scary Close is Donald Miller at his best.

©2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Outstanding book frustrating recording

What made the experience of listening to Scary Close the most enjoyable?

honesty

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The book is outstanding but the producer(?) cut all the pauses and silent space out of the recording. Clearly, the narrator didn't do this in his performance, so I can't imagine why someone would do this on purpose? Please! Please! Please rerecord this book or remaster it from the original narration.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Walking Away Full

Don't read (or listen) often, but I was hooked. This one had me. Addresses so many key areas of life and made me think of many people who could also benefit from the book. Scary Close is scary good.

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  • drgardner
  • Leesburg, VA, United States
  • 05-13-15

Folksy, Religious Memoir

It's unfortunate I didn't notice this is categorized as a personal memoir as I could have skipped it and saved myself the time and money. The description suggests the book will deliver guidance on improving intimacy. If you're Christian and in reasonably good mental health you'll probably find the string of anecdotes heart-warming, and you can likely tease out some guidance in the author's experiences that may be applicable to your life. Otherwise, not so much -- there's little in the stereotypical stories that's relevant. Probably fine for most, but personally disappointing. (And, as others have mentioned, the editing work is annoying. No breaks, and at least a few repeated sections.)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Editing was poor

The content was great, the narrator was good, but it's the editing that needs work. There are no pauses between chapters or profound thoughts! Give the listener a chance to soak in truths. There are so many in this book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great Book, Iffy Editing

The book was fantastic, but the editing of the audio itself was a little iffy. Sometimes he would finish a very profound sentence and thenChapter2We were on the dock by the river...the lack of spaces and pauses was a little annoying, but not enough to ruin it for me. Still worth a listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good but don miller should have narrated

It was a slow start but worth finishing. A book like this I probably would have preferred to read a physical copy. It requires some reflection that is hard to accomplish with an audio version.

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I know this book has changed my life

Wow, just wow. Literally unveiled patterns in my own life and guided me to an intense/clear realization about my past choices. I will never approach relationships as I once did. Thankful for this book!

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Not much for long time Miller readers

I both thought this was very good and a bit cliche. Donald Miller has a way of saying things that are really fairly simple, but in profound ways. But also saying simple things that I would think should not need to be said (but probably do.)

The real message of the book is that we often hide from ourselves and others and in hiding we hinder real intimacy. I have a problem with my own hiding and was inspired by parts of the book. But I was also a bit annoyed a parts too. Not really sure what annoyed me except the fact that I felt like some of this should have been learned already. I have read all of Miller's previous books, so when you have a career of sharing what you have learned about yourself, at some point it seems that some of that learning needs to take hold a little better.

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One of the best books I’ve ever read

This book blew me away - it contained so much valuable information and take-always that you can actually use in your every day life and relationships.

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Beautifully written and almost perfect

I really liked this book. The craft was good and the content was wise overall. The reading was great. The fact though that he made his girlfriend to be a saint and then he spoke as if he knew all about marriage when he clearly hadn’t been married for more than a very short time deducted from the credibility of the content. I kept thinking that he was writing from rose-colored glasses considering he wasn’t even married for 99% if the book’s story. How can I believe what he is saying? What he was saying was very good though and I know from my own time in therapy and growth from 21 years of marriage that most tang true. The book is a keeper.

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  • Sara
  • 02-28-15

Great book!

Great book. I didn't feel I related to the first half of the story as much (although I enjoyed it for the the author's insights and gift for storytelling), but I really feel that I learned some valuable nuggets from the second half that I can apply to my own relationships. The author writes so candidly-- full of great insights. Enjoyed the narrator, too.

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  • 02-14-15

Very Good, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hit home on quite a few issues for me! Still single at 42 and I'm aware of my need to be more open and vulnerable with people. He accurately picks on many issues preventing people from intimacy. An enjoyable read.