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Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something Kindle Edition
Have you ever wondered where you fit into the kingdom of God? Brant Hansen has been there, too. Join Hansen as he explores modern Christianity, the beauty of being different, and the astonishing goodness of God.
In his unique voice, bestselling author and radio host Hansen looks to answer questions that millions of us carry around each day:
- If I don't relate to God as emotionally as others do, is something wrong with me?
- How does God interact with those who seem spiritually numb?
- What if I'm told I'm too analytical, that I "think too much?"
For anyone who has felt left out, anyone who has gone through the motions, or anyone who feels like they have more questions than answers, Blessed Are the Misfits is a breath of fresh air.
Praise for Blessed Are the Misfits:
"Brant Hansen was made to write this book! I can't stop smiling as I read it and think of the skeptics, strugglers, 'misfits,' and 'outsiders' who will read it and discover that, surprise of surprises, they've actually been insiders all along."
--Jason Gray, recording artist
"This book is for those who feel disconnected, lonely, or spiritually dry. Brant's writing is honest, quirky, funny, and downright therapeutic. I can think of no one I'd rather have sit down with me and say, "You know what? It's okay to be you.'"
--Benjamin C. Warf, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
About the Author
Brant Hansen is a syndicated radio host, and one of the most listened-to in the country. He also hosts a popular podcast ("The Brant and Sherri Oddcast") and works extensively as an advocate of CURE International, a global network of hospitals and programs for children with correctable disabilities. In addition to his books, Unoffendable, Blessed Are the Misfits, The Truth About Us, and The Men We Need, Brant has written for the Washington Post, USNews.com, CNN.com, InTouch, and Relevant. Brant is married to Carolyn, and they have two adult children.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B06XFPNJQ3
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (November 28, 2017)
- Publication date : November 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 871 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 256 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #318,179 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Brent Hansen's frank analyses, kind words, and personal anecdotes make it a wonderful read.
This quote best summarizes the whole of “Blessed are the Misfits”. Growing up as a Christian with Asperger’s I can relate to the feelings described in the above quote, of feeling like there must be something wrong with me because I would see others overflowing with emotion about their faith, being moved song, sermon, or other religious experience while I stood their perplexed at their response. I longed to have genuine encounters with God like they appeared to be having, to feel His presence like they did. In this book Brant Hansen compares those longings to that of a bride waiting for the bridegroom, that longing for togetherness that has not yet arrived. We know that we don’t yet fully see God because we are still waiting for the bridegroom (Jesus) to return for his bride as the Apostle Paul said “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12). It is a breath of fresh air for those who struggle with understanding modern church culture, who don’t “feel” God’s presence in their life. It reminds us that we often have to act independent of our feelings to truly experience all that God has for us in this life by seeking Him even when we don’t feel Him, by seeking fellowship with other believers even though we’d rather escape, and by loving others even when we don’t feel very loving.
If you feel like a spiritual misfit then read this book as it was written for you.
Blessed Are The Misfits is worth the read because it helps others who are, frankly, normal to understand the person w autism in your life. I grew up in the 90s, when the second wave rippled through kids entering the various school systems, and I had to fight it. Really, I have to thank my mother, Kim Elya for what she put me through, in an attempt to get me to understand myself much better. Books like this, should've been written a good twenty to thirty years ago. Brant packs information in the book, but more importantly, thankfully, he makes people like me feel, like I'm actually important. He's informative and blunt. Several times while reading his stories, I found myself laughing hysterically out loud, yet at the same time, there were a couple places I was almost literally bawling in tears. Before diving in, every reader must know, who's been a part of the autistic community is that this book is not an information book. That kind of book, you need to look elsewhere, but this is much more of an uplifting and inspiring read to people, like me, who feel depressed, isolated, extremely hurt, and outcasts who think they're not worth anything. Strangely enough, I was scrolling through books, here on Amazon, and found myself drawn to this book. If you're a fast reader, you should get through this one two to three days, tops.
Brant has Asperger's which is a form of autism. This condition affects his ability to feel emotions we take for granted. Perhaps because of this, Brant confesses that He has never "felt" God's presence. He often lacks the emotional "highs" other believers talk about. While this has been a source of great guilt and frustration, Brant has learned to seek God on a deeper level than feelings, and has realized that we are not judged by what we are feeling or our emotional experiences but by the fruit of our actions. Are we showing love? Are we obeying the commands of Christ? Brant encourages us to make more effort to show genuine love to those around us rather than just inviting people into an emotional experience.
Emotions are a gift and there is more to be said for the role emotions should play in our lives than Brant covers here. But emotions can also blind us, and I feel like the lack of emotions Brant can feel has in some ways given him clearer insight into life. He admits this book is not for everyone and some won't be able to relate. I feel things much deeper than Brant does, but I could sure relate to his questions of doubt and his search for something real. His conclusion is that God is good, even when we don't feel it. And even when His followers completely miss the point and get distracted from the heart of Jesus's teaching, Jesus continues to heal and pursue the weak and the outcasts. This book is highly recommended.