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Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  3,359 ratings  ·  558 reviews
It turns out, giving up your “right” to be offended can be one of the most freeing, healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refreshing, stress-relieving, encouraging things you can do.

It’s a radical, provocative idea: We’re not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own “righteous anger” is a myth. It is the number one problem in our societies today and, as Dallas
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Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 1st 2015)
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Kirk Mahoney This book is centered around Christianity, but someone who is secular could find value in reading it. Brant approaches the topic his worldview as a Ch…moreThis book is centered around Christianity, but someone who is secular could find value in reading it. Brant approaches the topic his worldview as a Christian. But, he makes good non-Christian-specific arguments, too, for being unoffendable!(less)
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Prajna
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-books
This is a book that you must read slowly. Not because it's difficult, but because these simple and foundational truths will have you sitting in bed with your mouth hanging open. Or dope-slapping yourself. Or crying. Or laughing out loud (literally) and sharing that nugget on Facebook or Twitter.

Do we have a right to be angry? Is it true that without anger we can't do anything worthwhile? Brant Hansen addresses these questions. Personal stories, along with scripture and other references, do a ve
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Jamie Hughes
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
First off, let me say that there is nothing "new" in this book. Hansen doesn't unpack Greek words, apply some great philosophy or argument (though he does enjoy both), or drop some serious theological knowledge on you. What he does is point to the very heart of the Bible (Love God, Love Others) and explain what that looks like. He discusses the stupidity of anger, the infinite value of humility, and the true source of our worth, our contentment, and our peace.

When my brother was little, he had
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Becky
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really sure where to start with this review...This book was so challenging that I feel that I need to go through it again. Mind you, it wasn't challenging on a readability level - it was actually a relatively "easy" read as far as the words go. It's the concept that challenged me...I have no right to get offended, no right to "righteous" anger? That's not an easy concept to grasp.

From the dedication (To all those who want grace for themselves, but struggle to extend it to others. Wait:
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Kelly
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable kick in the pants!
Mikayla
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me re-think a lot. I've been told all my life about righteous anger, shown so many times that it was okay to be angry, annoyed, or offended if the thing you were angry, annoyed, or offended over was bad.
This book kind of debunked a lot of the things I thought weren't a problem. He showed in a biblical, clear way how it was a problem. This book showed how we are hurting other people, ourselves, and our witness by being offended.
I really needed this book, and I hope to be able to
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Paula Vince
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
So many people take offense to the point that anger is often seen as a socially acceptable emotion. People spout their so-called righteous anger across social media all the time, and Brant Hansen encourages us to wonder whether this should be the case. As the host of a radio show, he's been the butt of offense many times. I love the irate call from a listener who heard him say, 'The weather will be hotter than it should be for this time of year.' The caller ticked him off, saying, 'God always se ...more
Amanda
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a hard pill to swallow, but one that definitely needs to be taken.

Letting go of all anger, bitterness, and resentment can be a difficult task; but it's one that needs to be done in order to live a happier life, as well as a less stressful one. By letting go, we can change the focus from oneself to serving others as Jesus served others.

Jesus loved us, and just wants us to love others as he first loved us. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. It asks us to share our love even with EVERYONE, no
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Brendt Waters
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Though the concepts behind this book make the most sense when examined through the lens of the Bible, they are so "other" that I am actually a tad reluctant to label this as a "Christian book". Not that it's wishy-washy -- far from it. But the ideas presented here are so very antithetical to an error that seems to have become almost sacramental in Christianity -- both conservative and progressive -- that I'm not sure where Brant Hansen's "Unoffendable" fits. And that's a Good Thing.

So what is th
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R.C. Marantis
Misguided intentions.

There are a few nuggets but it doesn't take much rat poison to kill. His message in a nutshell: Dont worry about being righteous and all that sin stuff. If you obey God that is bad. Just get along and love people and Jesus by your own definition of love. The rest will sort itself out in the wash. We have a world to change and this message keeps everything the same. Even atheists can love people and feed the homeless. Obedience is true trust according to my Bible, that is wha
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Becky
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
1. quite good. surprisingly (?) some stuff that made me question my views on anger and offense, so, as that was the point of reading it, yay.
2. the writer's style was not my favorite. kind of annoying at times (but he won't get offended if I say so...) ;) but at least it was a very easy and light read.
3. a few/lot of the points on not being offended at others for their sin reminded me of the last book I finished; the Gospel Comes With a House Key. I think that's just how my brain works, tying in
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen is very highly recommended life changing book. Today I am choosing to not be offended.

Hansen, in a very accessible, conversational style full of self-deprecating humor, draws the attention of Christians to a Biblical truth that we may be ignoring. We need to deliberately choose to not be angry, even righteous anger, and not take offense. We need to take a step forward in our faith and walk with God and choose to be uno
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Daniel
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m lucky enough to have snagged an ARC from the publisher—and I’m glad I did. I still have it on preorder and will definitely read it again when it delivers to my Kindle. I look forward to reading it again soon.

You might start reading this book because it was written by Brant Hansen—radio host, nerd, lover of plain toast. He’s super likable and there’s probably something about The Lord of the Rings or maybe goats. When you start reading, you’ll find LOTR and goats, but you’ll get (like you usua
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Jeremy Yoder
Jesus Got Angry Too

Brant Hansen makes an important point in today’s outrage culture. Christians too often are easily offended and act out their anger in ways that do not follow Jesus’ teachings. Hansen argues that our sense of outage is often rooted in our own sense of self-righteousness, while Jesus calls us to love those who are different from us and might offend us.

While I agree with Hansen’s basic point, I have some serious issues with his argument.

Hansen simply leaves out Scripture and exam
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Melanie
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unoffendable was one of the books that I saw when searching for Kindle eBook deals (aff link) and I just had to purchase. It sounded so good that I couldn't pass up the deal! I'm so glad I did get it, since I absolutely loved it. The book gave me a lot to think about and it's definitely true that if you choose to be "unoffendable", life gets so much easier and better. I highly recommend this book!! ...more
Bonnie
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh-ditched-it
This is one of those not-great books that would have made a good essay. Like many Christian-living books, it's built on a single concept that made for a good hook but gets repetitive when there's not really enough more to it to justify multiple chapters. I appreciate the idea, I'm just not sure I needed to spend the time and money reading it in this format as opposed to an article in Relevant Magazine or something similar. ...more
Rory Lewellyn
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s the book I wish I’d written. A must read.
Cindy Munoz
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Received advance copy from author.)

“Anger is extraordinarily easy. It’s our default setting.” - Brant Hansen, Unoffendable.

We are a society that loves to get outraged and angry. Just look at Twitter or the comments section of Youtube. You’ll find people getting offended about everything and anything, even about something innocuous, like the correct way toilet paper should hang.

I’m also not innocent of this. Even though I don’t leave vitriolic responses on CNN articles, I struggle with anger and
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Robert Clelland
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hey everyone! I just finished reading this book as a pre-release from a Christian radio host I have enjoyed listening to for several years now named Brant Hansen Page. He is going to be releasing a great book called "Unoffendable" soon that is all about giving up our "right" to be offended when someone or something angers us. It's an extremely challenging book that makes the premise that we do not have a right to our anger and that, actually, God calls us to give up our anger to Him. The book ch ...more
Lyndsay
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Brant in general so that's the major reason for wanting to read this book. I started reading it not knowing what it was about but knowing it would be good because Brant is awesome and he knows it!
Moving on... I think everyone can relate to having deep anger issues towards someone that they can't fully forgive and just move on or are easily offended over the tiniest of issues. This book resonates with my soul! It helped me to examine my feelings of anger in a different way. I am reminded
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Sally Ewan
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
God knew that I needed to read this book. I was so captivated by the concept of being unoffendable that I stopped halfway through and let it sit for a few days, while I pondered the application to my life. While the blurb on the back makes it sound like a secular self-help book ("giving up our 'right' to be offended can be one of the most healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refusing, stress-relieving, encouraging things we can do"), it's better than it sounds. Choosing to be humble, not judging othe ...more
Emma Heater
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so well written (for me that means easily readable, yet deep and not cliche). I think Brant took a really beautiful idea that is so close to Gods heart and using examples from the Bible, shows us how to live more free and actually more full. Being unoffendable is a scary idea to most of us because it's attached to pride and what we think is safety....Brant illustrates just how much better life can be without this burden, replacing it with a burden to just love people better. And th ...more
Brandon Rathbun
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brant is a down to earth man, as far as I can tell without meeting him in person. I have heard him be a radio guy for years and after reading just a portion of the book, I truly am I heard of this book. Brant puts anger being offended in a prospective that is not really looked at by society.
The book is an easy read and is very funny. I would recommend this book to any person who struggles with anger (so basically every one to an extent).
Nathan Green
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read for anyone. Christians or not. After reading and implementing what I've read in this book, I find it so hard to be mad. And as I work in a customer service industry it has helped alot. ...more
Ginger
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to need to read this every six months or so. Paradigm shifting. ...more
Anna
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book! It was very eye opening and really made me take a long, hard look at how I've been living my life. I wish everyone would read this. ...more
Kelley
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Listened as an audiobook. Good topic about anger.
Karissa Boger
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. It's so relevant. This book is great for so many reasons, but especially because it encourages readers to think less of ourselves and focus more on others. In doing so we will see what actually matters and how we can find joy in giving of ourselves to others- just as Jesus did. There is no need to be offended by petty things and shallow thinking when we have a vision of the bigger picture. I'm so thankful for this book and the insights in it.

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Eliza
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book moved me. These are not just radical ideas Brant has mustered up, these are biblical gospel centered ideas shared in a way that will challenge you and impress on your own heart a desire to change, to grow, to be more like the One who saves, less like the one who destroys, to extend grace, to love better, to not be so angry and entitled and therefore offendable.
Sarah
I challenge every Christian to read this book.

I don't agree with everything in this book. However, I think this is a topic we, epically at this point in time, need to be reminded of. I know that I did.
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Beth Lev
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think everyone should read this book. Brant has a way of being completely relatable while still challenging and funny and serious all at the same time. This book made me think and challenged my long-held self-righteous beliefs. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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“Anger is extraordinarily easy. It’s our default setting. Love is very difficult. Love is a miracle.” 24 likes
“Yes, the world is broken. But don’t be offended by it. Instead, thank God that He’s intervened in it, and He’s going to restore it to everything it was meant to be. His kingdom is breaking through, bit by bit. Recognize it, and wonder at it.” 21 likes
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