• Blessed Are the Misfits

  • Great News for Believers Who Are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something
  • By: Brant Hansen
  • Narrated by: Brant Hansen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (593 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Warning: If modern church culture makes perfect sense to you, and you always fit in seamlessly, don't listen to 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 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.

©2017 Brant Hansen (P)2017 Thomas Nelson

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Coolest speaker I know, and I'm not kidding.
I'm 14 years old, but some how He makes His book related to My every day life, and I think no mater who you are there is a little something in this book for you.

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Can Brant read all my books to me?

Thank you Brant for being real, candid, and speaking all the things I've been missing from the church for many years. Nothing can run off a searching sinner/christian quicker than judging harshness to imply you don't fit in. Your books remind me who I am. I'm a child of God, faults and all and He knows this.. loves me anyway.

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For All Misfits

While the book focuses on what it is like to feel like a misfit in the author's Fundamentalist Christian sub-culture, it may help introverts regardless of their religious beliefs or the organizations they belong to. I grew up in what we used to call a "standard brand" Protestant church i.e. Methodist, Lutheran, Congregational et al. So the author's church experience is far different from mine. But there are introverts in Methodist churches and I'm told Episcopalians tend to be introverts. The book is helpful in arguing that just because you are an introvert and not bubbling over with enthusiasm for your faith tradition like some of your extraverted co-religionists, it doesn't mean that you're not religious or somehow lacking the real deal however it might be defined in your church. Just because you have what St. Paul called "gifts differing" doesn't mean you're a fake or an imposter or somehow lacking. Because what's left of religious culture in the United States tends to be expressed emotionally, extraverts tend to believe that if you are not emoting and dancing in the streets or whatever, you're faithless. Even in the larger secular culture, people who are quiet are often seen as deficient. This book makes a strong case that introverts/misfits are not less than the extraverts who brag about being on fire for their religion. I don't know of another book that addresses this issue. Brant Hansen makes a convincing case for the introvert's right to practice their religion in their own way.

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Hope in the Struggle

As a family who has been physically (literally our ASD son was assaulted at age 8 by a Sunday school parent volunteer) and emotionally hurt by Christian church, skeptical and avoiding organized Christian churches, yet faith as strong as ever, Brant’s story gives hope and perspective. No therapist, counselor or otherwise could speak to my now teenage son as this book can. Thankful to be a misfit, thankful for this book, and thankful to walk with Christ. Excellent narration as well!

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Imperfect Misfit

This book helped me in my struggle to become the perfect christian. It helped me to see (once again) that the goal of being that perfect christian is unattainable and unnecessary. It allowed me to be secure in knowing that I am a believer and nothing is ever going to separate me from God. He is always there even when I feel like I don't hear him and no matter how many times I've prayed, gone to church, or opened my bible this week. I will continue to love God and my neighbors, but I will also love myself and stop beating myself up or wondering if I really am a christian or if God really does love me. No matter what emotion I am feeling, the answer will always be, "Yes! God is there, God loves you". Thank you, Brant Hansen for sharing your world with us. You are not alone.

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A breath of fresh honesty

Love the honesty and simplicity of the message. Brant's radio voice and interesting stories kept my attention. I also like that he kept the book rooted in the Bible without sounding preachy. This misfit is encouraged.

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Loved it

I always enjoy listening to this author. He hits hard with perspective and humor.

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Enjoyed this one even more than, "Unoffendable"!

Brant Hansen is officially my favorite author , narrator, and Radio host. While I very much enjoyed the first book, I enjoyed this one even more than, "Unoffendable "! I love the way his storytelling not only involves the people he meets along the way, but he includes his own story as well. Often, we do not like to get so personal. He is wonderful at showing the good, the bad, and the wonderfully human side of Christian life. What a help to know we all go through similar highs and lows.

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So what type saying is there's nothing wrong with

Loved this book! I don't normally write reviews but this deserved one. if you feel like you don't quite measure up to the "Super Christians" who always seem so up this is the book for you. it covers so many different but related topics with the bottom line being, you're okay. God loves you just the way you are and he can use you. No pressure to be someone you aren't or do what you're not called to do because someone else thinks that's what you should be doing. A very liberating read that is based on sound Biblical principles. Thank you!

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So genuine!

I appreciate this book so much. it's truthful, blunt, and doesn't sugar coat things about faith and doubt and modern american church. it's even more special that it's read by the author. it speaks to me and to the part of me that is God's spirit. it encourages me and spurs me on to keep pushing for and seeking God and sharing him in my actions and words.

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Most excellent book. Helps me understand the challenging and complicated and reassuring to know that there are others also not quite on the right page.

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Excellent to say the least!

I recommend this book to each and every person, especially Christians, and ESPECIALLY leaders in churches.