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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
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.
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.
Mary Wireman5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best books I have ever read!December 9, 2017Mary WiremanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Everyone 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.