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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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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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Please read

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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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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incredibly real and relatable

This book is life changing and affirming. Brant is able to identify the problems that many Christians feel when trying to fit in to church culture and experience the same emotional highs that so many church goers claim is a mandatory bi- product of having a relationship with Jesus. it is ok to not feel anything when praying. it is no less real

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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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Great Message

I’ve listened to Brant for years and greatly appreciate the perspective that he brings to the table. This book is wonderful and I felt that Brant spoke directly to things that have been on my mind lately.

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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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Brant is wise

I feel like anyone can connect with Brant. His storytelling makes you want to listen and his message always points to Christ.

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This book is for weird people...

Which means basically everybody can read it and get something out of it, but the title really says it all. Brant covers a plethora of different struggles that people face. He talks about how Christianity isn't about the emotional "feels" or "experiences," but about a relationship with God. He discusses how the church community tends to ignore less than happy endings, like somehow only "successfully clean and good" Christians are the real thing. Even though Jesus came to heal and help the broken, poor and needy. Overall, this book is cleverly written from Brant's unique and charming perspective, and it encouraged me greatly knowing I'm not the only one who felt like I was missing something.

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Another Brand Hansen Winner!

Thought-provoking with great stories & real-life application, perfectly narrated & enjoyable beginning to end. Wonderful!