It's Scary to get Close


A good friend of mine in college was the first person to tell me about Donald Miller. She told me she went up to him at a conference (or a book signing, or something) and told him they were the same person. His response was something along the lines of “I know” with an understanding smile.  It was as if he completely knew all the connections she’s made with him through his writing in that brief, few word exchange. After her story I bought Blue Like Jazz and haven’t looked back since.

Okay friends, raise your hand if being vulnerable makes you a little uncomfortable.

Great. Me too. And I need to tell you something. 

“Scary Close” was released early February and within a couple days it was at my doorstep waiting to be eaten up (hypothetically, of course).  The thing is, I judge books by their cover every single time, so Scary Close already had that going for it. Seriously, just look at that cover. The thing is, even with such an amazing cover, the meat found on the pages between the covers is so rich. Miller talks a lot about finding true intimacy by being vulnerable and honest - two things that take practice and intentionality. By admitting we’re human, being OK with that, and being our true selves to one another we open ourselves up to having more authentic relationships than we could have ever imagined. Putting aside the put-together person we want the world to see and showing up in relationships as fully human & vulnerable gives us the space to actually have true intimacy. The kind that is rich and deep and messy and true.

“We don’t think of our flaws as the glue that binds us to the people we love, but they are. Grace only sticks to our imperfections. Those who can’t accept their imperfections can’t accept grace either.” P. 45

Glennon Melton, author of Carry on, Warrior, is quoted saying: “everyone needs to read this book, but no one can have my copy.” I’m in her boat. You need to read this book, but you can get your own copy here. Once you read it and want to talk all about it for hours, please call me. I want to talk about this book for hours, too.


PS To stay up to date with Donald Miller, you can read his blog & follow him on Twitter.