"Scary Close" by Donald Miller

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Title: Scary Close
Author: Donald Miller
Start Date: 12/2/16
End Date: 12/3/16
# of Pages: 256
Edition: Thomas Nelson hardcover (2015)

Favorite Quotes: (1) “Applause is a quick fix. And love is an acquired taste.” (2) “It’s true our lives can pass small and unnoticed by the masses, and we are no less dignified for having lived quietly.” (3) “You can’t control somebody and have intimacy with them at the same time. They may stay because they fear you, but true love casts out fear.” (4) “If a man has no sense of meaning…he will numb himself with pleasure.” (5) “I’m convinced every person has a longing that will never be fulfilled and it’s our job to let it live and breathe and suffer within it as a way of developing our character.”

Why I Chose It: I’ve never read anything by Donald Miller, but I know his writing has had a significantly influence on many of my friends, especially as they read him in high school and college. My friends Wil and Morgan said this was probably his best book so far.

Other Notes: The margins of this book have a few stars and a few question marks, denoting moments I raised an eyebrow in appreciation of a sincere and thought-provoking point, and when I furrowed my eyebrows in disagreement with an underlying theological inference. Overall I was encouraged by his willingness to be transparent, challenged by his honest self-assessment, and humored by his slightly critical (accurate) portrayal of the culture of Washington DC.

BooksKarl Magnuson