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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2017|
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Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life BetterBrant HansenW Publishing / 2015 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 13 Reviews
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Warning: If modern church culture makes perfect sense to you, and you always fit in seamlessly, dont read this. As for the rest of us…
While American church culture (and American culture at large) seems largely designed for the extroverted, its estimated that half of the American population is introverted, and theyre often left wondering how, even if, they fit in the kingdom of God. As one of them, popular radio host Brant Hansen brings news. Its wonderful, refreshing, and never-been-said-this-way-before good news.
In his unique style, Hansen looks to answer questions that millions of people carry with them each day:
- If I dont relate to God as emotionally as others do, is something wrong with me?
- How does one approach God, and approach faith, when devoid of the "good feelings" that seem to drive so much of evangelical church culture?
- How does God interact with those who seem spiritually numb?
- Is the absence of faith-based emotion a sign of that God has moved on or was never there?
- What if we arent good at talking to people about our faith, or good at talking to people at all?
- What if Im told Im too analytical, that I "think too much"?
- Where does a person who suffers from depression fit in the kingdom? Is depression a sure sign of a lack of faith?
This book is good news for people who are desperately looking for it. (And for their loved ones!)
Its also for those who want to believe in Jesus, but inwardly fear that they dont belong, worry that dont have the requisite emotion-based relationship with God, and are starving for good news.
Blessed Are the Misfits is going to generate discussion, and lots of it. Its simultaneously highly provocative and humbly personal. Its also leavened with a distinct, dry, self-effacing humor that is a hallmark of Hansens on-air, writing, and public speaking style.
Brant Hansen is a radio host who has won multiple National Personality of the Year awards. He also works with CURE International, a worldwide network of hospitals that brings life-changing medical care and the good news of Gods love to children with treatable conditions. Brant currently lives in Northern California with his wife, Carolyn; his son, Justice; and his daughter, Julia. He can be found at branthansen.com and @branthansen on Twitter.
NicholasV5 Stars Out Of 5Christianity for the Quiet and the Non-Superstars!March 10, 2018NicholasVQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Blessed are The Misfits by Brant Hansen (W Publishing/Thomas Nelson) is a new book by the popular Christian DJ and author of Unoffendable. Armed with the same quirky humor teamed with bluntly honest expression of feelings and opinions that his numerous radio and social media fans have come to love, Blessed are The Misfits is a book for Hansen and all other Christians who feel that they don't fit in with the typical Christian sitting in the pew next to them. As a high-functioning "Aspie" (those who are on the autism/asperger spectrum of brain function), Hansen has never felt particularly emotional in his relationship with Christ, or comfortable with relating with a lot of other Christians. But because he speaks on these issues so frequently on his radio show and speeches around the country, the feedback he receives from Christians is that there are many other believers who can more readily identify with someone like Hansen than the superstar pastors and authors who are so revered in many Christian circles, and thus he was encouraged to write this book for others who approach life in much the same way as he does.
With chapter titles like "Blessed are My Fellow People on the Autism Spectrum (and Those Who Can Relate to Us)," "Blessed are the Unfeeling Faithful," and Blessed are the Introverts Who Keep Trying," one can see immediately the humor/honesty that permeate the book --- often going from silly rumination to deep and touching reflections on a single page. For someone who is a true introvert and with a love/hate relationship with church attendance on Sundays, this book was like a breath of very fresh and invigorating air! Over and over again, I found myself chuckling over Hansen's quirky thoughts and ways of expressing himself, but then also saying "Me, too" hundreds of times as he described his thought processes and difficulties with relating with God in socially-acceptable manners. I was also intrigued that the publishers included at the end of the book an 8-page listing of "misfits" provided by Hansen from invitations he extended to Christians through his radio programs to provide their names and description of their experiences as Christian "misfits." Even if one is an extrovert and feels they are not a misfit, I would most highly recommend this book for all Christians. It is a totally honest, yet encouraging read!
Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Crazy GoodFebruary 1, 2018Kara LynnWVAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was very excited to read this book for many reasons, one being that Brant Hansen was one of my favorite DJ's as a young teen. He came on the radio right around the time I was studying Algebra, so he was my math partner in early High School, I guess you could say. I always loved his open-honesty, his humor and the fact that he doesn't care what other's think.
This book blew me away as one of the best books for anyone who's ever struggled with anything that's threatened to pull them under, even just a little. I've struggled with feeling depressed and out of place all my life, with not 'feeling' God. The modern church tends to focus a lot of feelings, which Brant Hansen points out in Blessed are the Misfits, is nothing like the Christian walk is supposed to be.
Our relationship with Christ goes beyond feelings, which are fleeting, and that depression or anxiety is not always a result of failior on our part. Brant Hansen also addresses topics such as feeling out of place, struggling to pray, reading your Bible for long periods of time, and why maybe we're not comfortable in church.
And not only does he address these topics - they are ones he himself has struggled with, and with this book, he shines the light that we're not alone, that as misfits we are blessed, and that it's OK to feel out of place and awkward and weird and say random, out of the box things.
I was highly encouraged, this book coming into my life just when I needed it to. It's just so perfect for someone struggling, and for the encouragement that it's going to be OK.
A favorite for this year and one you should definitely buy for your own shelf - one that perhaps may become your favorite of 2018?
Thank you to BookLook for this amazing book. I appreciate the chance to do this review!
GHott5 Stars Out Of 5If you find yourself having trouble fitting in, maybe its time to read Blessed Are the Misfits.January 13, 2018GHottQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Blessed Are the Misfits is everything I hoped for and more. But Ill warn you it WILL make you uncomfortable. As it should when were trying to become what God has in store for us.
So many times I found myself thinking, Brants right as I read, it was especially difficult when he was repeating those conversations I have in my head I didnt realize so many shared. There was one section especially that called to me though, about how many of the Christian stories are dissasfying. The stories shared are often edited and while it makes the point the author is trying to get across, it also leaves so many wondering why their story didnt end that way. Its, obviously, because that wasnt the end of the story only a high point and yet it leaves me dissatisfied with most conversations and nonfiction. Ive found myself getting so cynical about them, because I, personally, need to hear the rest of the story, the perpetual real-life struggle thats not only found at my house.
HeidiMarie5 Stars Out Of 5"A Christianity that's one-emotional-size-fits-all simply isn't fair."January 1, 2018HeidiMarieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At church, in a worship group, or just in our everyday life, I am sure that we all know someone who seems to be completely in touch with God. This person talks constantly about hearing God speak to them, feeling God close to them, and clear answers to prayer. These are the people who have super emotional experiences during song or worship.
When it comes to spirituality, these people seem to have it all. These are the people we aspire to be like. However, much as we try, most of us don't hear God talking to us everyday, and we don't feel His arm around us throughout our day either.
So are we missing something? Are we doing something wrong?
This book is for those Christians who are left yearning, feeling there they are missing something. And, the whole book is here to reassure us that we are not alone.
Brant Hanson uses humor alongside Biblical proof to reassure those of us who don't really fit into American church culture, who feel like we're not quite getting it.
"Sure, I may not have the same 'worship experience' as the rest of the crowd at a musical event, but I can offer God the worship He really deserves: Mercy. Fairness. Justice. I may have never heard God's voice audibly, but I can still obey."
So we feel like misfits. But remember, Jesus was probably the biggest misfit of all. And who did Jesus choose to be his disciples? Did he pick the people who could pray eloquently, whose faith never wavered? No, he picked the regular people who didn't quite get it.
Brant Hanson is absolutely hilarious, but he is serious when he needs to be. I really appreciated how open, honest, humble, and vulnerable he was right off the bat on the first page. He is super friendly and does a fantastic job reassuring the reader that they are not alone if they feel like a misfit.
My favorite aspect of the book was this: before publishing the book, Brant Hansen went on Twitter and asked his followers to let him know if they feel like misfits, like they're missing something when it comes to God. At the end of the book, Hansen fills 8 pages with just some of the names of the people who said they felt like misfits.
Overall, I adored this. I laughed out loud a ton, but more importantly, I feel reassured, and I know that there isn't something wrong with me. I am okay being a misfit.
I gave this 5/5 stars.
"You're a misfit? Good. That's exactly the sort of person God uses."
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers as a part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Readerofbooks5 Stars Out Of 5WOW...just WOW!December 14, 2017ReaderofbooksQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Incredible! Comforting! Awesome! Inspiring! Assuring! I want to put exclamation after exclamation in my review of this book. Brant Hansen has a very different outlook and inner look at spiritual matters that really blessed my heart. Over and over his words said to me: I am okay to God. The worse thing that Christians do to themselves or to each other is to give a sense of judgment for things we have no right judging in ourselves or others. The words in this book very pointedly, often with humor or startling bluntness, tell me that God is someone that can be depended on even when I can't feel Him, see Him or understand what is going on. At first glance the opening words of this book might seem sacriligous or discouraging because of the lack of emotion. But I found that actually understanding that we don't have to be on a spiritual "high" to receive God's grace and love is extremely calming to my soul and gives me such a sense of peace. The stories shared and ideas discussed are really deep. I found myself reading a line and then sitting there and thinking: Wow... Just wow what a God we have.