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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
Format: Paperback

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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…

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.

Contributor(s) Brant Hansen
About the Contributor(s) Brant Hansen

Brant Hansen is a radio host who has won multiple National Personality of the Year awards. He also works with CURE International, a worldwide network of hospitals that brings life-changing medical care and the good news of God’s love to children with treatable conditions. Brant currently lives in Northern California with his wife, Carolyn; his son, Justice; and his daughter, Julia. He can be found at and @branthansen on Twitter.

ISBN-10 0718096312
ISBN-13 9780718096311
Release Date Nov 28, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.40
Width 5.40
Length 256
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $16.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Nicholas
Overall Rating
Blessed are The Misfits by Brant Hansen (W Publishing/Thomas Nelson) is a new book by the popular Christian DJ and author of Unoffendable. Armed with the same quirky humor teamed with bluntly honest expression of feelings and opinions that his numerous radio and social media fans have come to love, Blessed are The Misfits is a book for Hansen and all other Christians who feel that they don't fit in with the typical Christian sitting in the pew next to them. As a high-functioning "Aspie" (those who are on the autism/Asperger spectrum of brain function), Hansen has never felt particularly emotional in his relationship with Christ, or comfortable with relating with a lot of other Christians. But because he speaks on these issues so frequently on his radio show and speeches around the country, the feedback he receives from Christians is that there are many other believers who can more readily identify with someone like Hansen than the superstar pastors and authors who are so revered in many Christian circles, and thus he was encouraged to write this book for others who approach life in much the same way as he does.

With chapter titles like "Blessed are My Fellow People on the Autism Spectrum (and Those Who Can Relate to Us)," "Blessed are the Unfeeling Faithful," and Blessed are the Introverts Who Keep Trying," one can see immediately the humor/honesty that permeate the book --- often going from silly rumination to deep and touching reflections on a single page. For someone who is a true introvert and with a love/hate relationship with church attendance on Sundays, this book was like a breath of very fresh and invigorating air! Over and over again, I found myself chuckling over Hansen's quirky thoughts and ways of expressing himself, but then also saying "Me, too" hundreds of times as he described his thought processes and difficulties with relating with God in socially-acceptable manners. I was also intrigued that the publishers included at the end of the book an 8-page listing of "misfits" provided by Hansen from invitations he extended to Christians through his radio programs to provide their names and description of their experiences as Christian "misfits." Even if one is an extrovert and feels they are not a misfit, I would most highly recommend this book for all Christians. It is a totally honest, yet encouraging read! (Posted on 3/10/2018)
Review by Mary
Overall Rating
Everyone should read this book! If you have never heard God's voice you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with you! Maybe you don't understand church culture and you try to fit in, but still don't get 'it'... This book is for you! Brant explains how GOD still has a place for YOU. This book will have you laughing one minute, saying "Yes! I am not alone!" the next, and even tearing up in some parts. This book offers hope, acceptance, honesty, and forgiveness. Brant leaves himself very vulnerable in this book and it helps for a person like me because I can then say "Me too!". It gave me hope because I truly thought I was the only one that didn't fit in. I felt like a weight was lifted off of me. Truly one of the best books I have ever read. (Posted on 11/28/2017)
Review by Shawn
Overall Rating
I had the pleasure of being part of the book team that read Brant’s new book before its release. Brant brings comfort to those who may feel like misfits within and outside the church.

He shares personal experiences that are relatable. He also talks about the importance of community, despite his introverted tendencies.

If you feel like you don’t quite fit or you just want to laugh and learn a different perspective, I would highly recommend this book.

Also, you can’t go wrong with a book written by a puppeteer and Christian music/80s rock accordion player. You just can’t (Posted on 11/28/2017)

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