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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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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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Extremely applicable.... I couldn't stop listening

Not just for introverts this book is for everybody and I would recommend it to Everyone.

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Written from the heart

Brant thank you for being willing to share your heart and to be willing to follow where God leads. My kids and I sure do miss hearing your afternoon radio program but we have been listening to your books. It's been a gift. Thank you! This was God's timing!

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Such a wonderful book.

I loved this book so much. I'm almost done with my second play through so I can take some notes on my favorite parts. Humans are so weird, I've always thought so. Christians especially do some strange, inexplicable things. But I'm learning to love them and serve them anyways. It's so freeing to hear Brant's perspective on these things. Brant is easy to love and has a great voice. And great hair.