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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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.
From a fellow misfit
Brant writes like he speaks...as a friend. Funny, sad, compelling, profound, and brutally honest, he gives us painful and hilarious stories of his past so that we can say “Me too. I thought I was the only one”. He makes me want to be a better Christian and human being in short, fragmented sentences.... and I expected nothing less.
I want to live unoffendable.
I’m blessed because I’m a misfit.
And I already can’t wait to read his next book.
It “goes there.”
Like his first book Unoffendable, this book reads like Brant is talking to me as a trusted friend. It is easily consumable, and can be read over and over again as needed. (And if you’re anything like me you’ll probably need to.) It “goes there,” addressing issues in modern church culture that I’ve seen very few books, if any, do. But most of all, it hits home for the Christian misfit. As one who often felt like he didn’t fit in at church, or Christian organizations in college for that matter, I was stunned by how every one of the 18 “Blessed Are...” chapter titles in this book applied to me personally in one way or another. Highly recommend this book!
This book made me laugh and made me cry. Most importantly, I found myself whispering “Me, too,” at many points in the book. Thank you for reminding me of the gentleness God has for the humble.