Brand Spankin New Review of Scary Close by Don Miller

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I have never been afraid of snakes, monsters, heights, or drowning… Put me in a place like Halloween Horror Nights and I am in the zone. But want to know what I am most afraid of?

People. Specifically what people think of me, people such as you.

Because you see, I strive desperately for everything to be perfect in my life, and I have a desire within me for people to think I am impressive. Think of me as a man-ish version of Mary Poppins with a codependency problem…

For as long as I can remember though, I have tried to deal with the symptoms of my problem by being outgoing, living out adventures, and turning my life into a stage with which to perform. And I think that has always been the issue, I deal with the symptoms but not the cause of it…

Then a few weeks ago I heard Don Miller was releasing a new book called Scary Close, and he was going to tell some stories from his life of how he attacked the root of living in fear of other people. I was intrigued.

The book was not an instruction manual to stop fearing man, but it was simply a collection of narratives from Don’s last few years, and how God has taken Don off the stage of life and helped him to begin truly loving people.

Through the book, Don never once told me how to live, but he did encourage me to stop trying to impress and instead be vulnerable, be honest, and get the focus off of me.

I am now encouraged.

Not because this book has radically changed my life, because only God can do that, but because I know I am not alone. Because I know God is really stinking good at taking the broken fractures of human frailty and piecing together a beautiful mosaic held together with grace.

This journey is just beginning for me, and if you want to venture with me pick up a copy of this book and let’s talk.

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