Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something
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Are you an introvert who feels like you don't fit into the church? Many congregations seem designed for the outgoing---but what about those who aren't? Hansen offers observations on emotionally biased assumptions about worship and spiritual life, witnessing, analytical minds, mental health, and more. Hansen shares a unique and valuable perspective from someone living with Asperger's syndrome. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0718096312
ISBN-13: 9780718096311

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Warning: If modern church culture makes perfect sense to you, and you always fit in seamlessly, don’t read this. As for the rest of us…

While American church culture (and American culture at large) seems largely designed for the extroverted, it’s estimated that half of the American population is introverted, and they’re often left wondering how, even if, they fit in the kingdom of God. As one of them, popular radio host Brant Hansen brings news. It’s 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 don’t 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 aren’t good at talking to people about our faith, or good at talking to people at all?
  • What if I’m told I’m 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!)

It’s also for those who want to believe in Jesus, but inwardly fear that they don’t belong, worry that don’t 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. It’s simultaneously highly provocative and humbly personal. It’s also leavened with a distinct, dry, self-effacing humor that is a hallmark of Hansen’s on-air, writing, and public speaking style.

Author Bio

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 God’s 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.

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  1. Readerofbooks
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen
    December 10, 2017
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    You're invited into the small town homey feel of Thunder Creek, Idaho. City girl Samantha returns to be caregiver to her grandmother. She gets an unexpected surprise when she finds out her lost love Nick is the very man who rescued her grandmother from her fall from her horse. There is an undercurrent of longing mixed with bitterness inside of Nick as he begins to spend time with Samantha. Samantha has unresolved fears from her childhood that mix with her resentment of Nick's zest for adventure. Two seemingly polar opposites yet they can't deny the attraction and friendship that is building up to something more. Through the help of a strong family, community and church connection they each begin to find healing. What God has in store for their future begins to unfold before their eyes.

    I received this book from Booklook Bloggers and was not required to write a positive review.
  2. Mary Wireman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the best books I have ever read!
    December 9, 2017
    Mary Wireman
    Quality: 5
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    Everyone should read this book! If you have never heard God's voice you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with you! Maybe you don't understand church culture and you try to fit in, but still don't get 'it'... This book is for you! Brant explains how GOD still has a place for YOU. This book will have you laughing one minute, saying "Yes! I am not alone!" the next, and even tearing up in some parts. This book offers hope, acceptance, honesty, and forgiveness. Brant leaves himself very vulnerable in this book and it helps for a person like me because I can then say "Me too!". It gave me hope because I truly thought I was the only one that didn't fit in. I felt like a weight was lifted off of me. Truly one of the best books I have ever read.
  3. Tammy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read for Everyone
    December 6, 2017
    Tammy
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    If you only read one book in your life, Blessed Are The Misfits is the book you must read. This book is for everyone. If you feel like you don't belong, the odd one out, or the wallflower this book will validate that God does love you and you are important and special. Brant has opened his heart with his words and has helped me realize that I'm not alone on this path. I urge you to run to a book store or click on "buy" immediately to read this well written book.
  4. Firekeeper4chrst
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If you feel like a spiritual misfit then this book was written for you
    December 3, 2017
    Firekeeper4chrst
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    In fact, its full of nonstop good news for the rest of us: the misfits, oddballs, introverts, and analytical types who throw ourselves at Gods mercy, saying, Yes, I believe but help me in my unbelief. Its for people like me whove sensed, despite our best efforts and flailing, desperate attempts, that were missing something spiritually. We see others caught up in emotions during worship music or while talking about their warm relationships with God, and we wonder if everyone is faking it, or maybe God has just left us behind.

    This quote best summarizes the whole of Blessed are the Misfits. Growing up as a Christian with Aspergers I can relate to the feelings described in the above quote, of feeling like there must be something wrong with me because I would see others overflowing with emotion about their faith, being moved song, sermon, or other religious experience while I stood their perplexed at their response. I longed to have genuine encounters with God like they appeared to be having, to feel His presence like they did. In this book Brant Hansen compares those longings to that of a bride waiting for the bridegroom, that longing for togetherness that has not yet arrived. We know that we dont yet fully see God because we are still waiting for the bridegroom (Jesus) to return for his bride as the Apostle Paul said For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12). It is a breath of fresh air for those who struggle with understanding modern church culture, who dont feel Gods presence in their life. It reminds us that we often have to act independent of our feelings to truly experience all that God has for us in this life by seeking Him even when we dont feel Him, by seeking fellowship with other believers even though wed rather escape, and by loving others even when we dont feel very loving.

    If you feel like a spiritual misfit then read this book as it was written for you.
  5. Frosty
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Please Read this book!
    December 2, 2017
    Frosty
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    I enjoy listening to Brant Hansen on the radio. In our area he's a D.J. on Star 93.3 in the morning, with his partner Sherri. He's funny and insightful, with a unique perspective. All of those traits come through in his writing. Blessed are the Misfits is a quick and enjoyable read, with a good dose of observation and wisdom. As an introvert, I appreciate Hansen's revelations on how difficult it is for introverts to be part of the modern church. But I especially value the chapter called "Blessed are the Perpetual Strugglers." He says, "The struggle means God is still working in you." I love this because I like knowing that God is working 'in' me not on me. I'm not his project, I'm his child who he loves. Brant tackles some tough topics like depression, the inability to pray, skepticism, and loneliness. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a better understanding of people and those who assume all people are okay in an extrovert world. If you're a misfit, read this book. If you're not, read it anyway and understand those of us who are. 5 stars. I received this book for free.
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