HOW IN THE WORLD IS JULY ALMOST OVER?
Half of my heart is grieving that these are the last few weeks of summer, while the other half is quietly anticipating the comeback of skinny jeans and Grey’s Anatomy. There is still much beauty to savor, and the beauty of autumn to anticipate.
As far as reading goes this month, I kicked off by finishing one of the best books I have ever read, and then put many books down or procrastinated opening them out of pure boredom.
17. Scary Close: Dropping The Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller
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.
No love is conditional. If love is conditional, it’s just some sort of manipulation masquearading as love.
Scary Close was a book that I had on my shelf for several months. I didn’t dive into it because I was afraid of how much it would convict me, because just look at that tagline. Although I know that was a silly reason, I believe that God led me to the pages at just the right time in my life and once I got going I finished it within just a few days. I’ll be the first to admit that I hate dating books. But, I especially loved this one because it didn’t have boundaries that only applied to friendships, dating, or marriage — it played into all of those components, although most of the stories come from Donald’s dating life and from his engagement period. The book takes you through personal mud as you contemplate insecurities, performance anxiety, manipulation, being too careful, and true love that equals immense amounts of grace. It was truly one of the best books I have ever read, and I don’t say this lightly. Donald has such a unique writing voice that I have always loved; it instructs you like a teacher, makes you laugh, and invites you in like a friend. He shared in particularly vulnerable ways in Scary Close that was essential, convicting, and breathtaking for the sake of the message of true intimacy.
Recommendation status: GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK, REGARDLESS OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP STATUS. I believe that the truths within it are vital to healthy, grace-filled relationships.
Books I Have Put Down and/or Rejected This Month…
- For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. I got over 200 pages in. I plan on finishing it eventually. I swoon at Hemingway’s style, but the plot was boring me.
- Hemingway in Love. I’ll finish this one alongside For Whom The Bell Tolls in the distant future, hopefully.
- It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke. This book is easy-to-read and tackles an incredible topic, but I’m taking it back to the library because it was always on the backburner between all the other books I am reading.
- Walking The Bible. I just never got far enough in it to be hooked!
I am all about giving books a solid chance, but sometimes there are other ones on the shelf that deserve more of my attention at the present moment.
Up Next On The Reading List…
Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh
Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper
A Testament to Freedom by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
All The Light We Cannot See
Wise Blood by Flannery O’ Connor