Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Vulnerable and Transparent!

I have read other books by Donald Miller and have found him to be authentic and a writer who is willing to be bold and challenge the reader.  In his newest book, Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy, Miller has written a very transparent book about his journey in relationships; from singlehood to marriage.

I admire his openness and willingness to uncover deep secrets which he was even able to hide from himself.  Writing this book took a great amount of courage.  He is not only open, he reveals his shortcomings, his weaknesses and his challenges at overcoming his own obstacles, namely, himself and his woundedness.

The greatest compliment I can state has already been said, he is open and vulnerable and transparent.  He writes about his many failures in relationships, his vicious cycle of failure and admits to the deep hurts he caused others.  His goal, is exactly as the title stated, dropping the act and finding true intimacy.  Fortunately for Miller, he was surrounded by many friends who cared and loved him, as they helped him on his journey to healing and wholeness.

This was a very easy to read book, it’s deep, but a quick read.  The only criticism is the fact that Miller didn’t talk about where Christ was in the midst of his struggles and understanding of himself.  He went to a treatment center to help with psychological / emotional issues, but didn’t talk about the role his faith played in the healing.  If it played a role at all.  I would have appreciated to see where and how his faith helped, didn’t help in his healing process.

Overall, this is a good book, albeit with one large shortcoming.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers http://booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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