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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

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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…

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
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Published November 28th 2017 by Thomas Nelson
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J.D. DeHart
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some Christians can go through life with all the rituals and constructs with no question or pause. Then there are the rest of us who do not always feel as if we belong. We notice the assumptions and quirks.

This book offered a voice that echoes with my own in many ways. It was refreshing to read and find out I am not alone in occasionally feeling like an outcast or misfit.

A lovely and well-written book about the "rest of us."
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books
“Pretty sure I’ll be seated at the misfits’ table. Pretty sure there won’t be any non-misfit tables, now that I think about it.”
I was having a low point when I decided to click “Read Now” on this book on NetGalley, and I’m glad I did. You know those books that make you feel like someone has reached deep into that lonely, aching place of your heart and given it that extra special squeeze it so desperately needed, well, this is one of those books.

I di
Raelee Carpenter
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is...hard to describe. Funny, honest, heart-breaking, and hopeful. Profoundly awkward and utterly profound. If you don't "get" modern, western church or Christianity, but you still want to follow Jesus, this book is a good place to start.

FYI: I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like an honest conversation with an old friend, long into the night. Grab some toast and brew another pot of coffee, you need to hear this...
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so, so much more than I was expecting. One of the most deeply relatable pieces of non-fiction I've ever read that also managed to be spiritually enriching. ...more
Stephen Narwold
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word. I listened to this on audiobook. This is one of the most down-to-earth and truly refreshing Christian Life books I've ever read. Brant breaks down what it is to be a follower of Christ in a way I've simply never heard, and I'm not sure why. So much of this book struck a chord with me and rang true. We should be hearing more of this from pulpits. It's also a really entertaining read, and had me laughing out loud at several points. Get the audiobook if you can because it's read by the ...more
Leigh Anne
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book because my sister asked me to. Which makes sense, because I'm a misfit, an introvert, AND a spiritual struggler, which is probably why I came to mind. Possibly it's also because the author and I share the same rare-ish visual impairment, nystagmus. I've always got time for someone who understands what it's like to be me on that score, and I love my sister, so, okay.

This book is intended for believing Christians who feel like they're doing something wrong because they don't "feel
Luke Koskinen
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that will challenge you towards wisdom and grace. This one is a must read.
Monica Willyard Moen
What a relief! Someone finally wrote a book daring to discuss some of the things I’ve wondered about for a long time. As believers in Christ, we cannot and are not supposed to be built the same. We were created with different strengths, interests, and ways of expressing our thoughts and feelings. Yes, evangelism is a wonderful thing. It isn’t the only thing though. Some of us are comfortable talking to other people about Christ and about our experiences with him. Others write stories, serve in h ...more
Bethany Cantrell
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read for anyone who has ever struggled with not "feeling" the presence of God. This is not a book that is going to tell you how to become passionate for the Lord, but rather show dozens of scriptural references that show that Christ is not looking for those who appear to be "spiritually healthy", He's looking for the broken, the struggling, the imperfect people and is offering them a place in His family. This book is so relatable, and even if you don't relate to every chapter, you can lear ...more
ARC received courtesy of Netgalley and the Publisher, in exchange for an honest review

To say that this was simply a “good read,” would be an understatement. IMO, this book was a refreshing breath of air, given by an author who is unpretentious in his musings and more than relatable to his audience of misfits, square pegs, ragamuffins, and other weird folk, who don’t quite fit in with popular church culture. As a self-proclaimed “ragamuffin” chica, I loved reading this book, so much so that I wen
Lindsey Haro
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I laughed, cried and nodded my head in agreement throughout this book. There's a chapter for everyone. ...more
Margaret Carpenter
Christianity is really, really weird. In Blessed Are the Misfits Hansen leans into the weirdness. The longer I am in the faith the more I believe that there are no Christians for whom following Christ is easy and effortless, but when the façades of others are just a little too convincing, it is a deep comfort to be reminded that one is not alone in one's struggles. ...more
Beth Lev
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've heard Brant on our local radio station and did not know anything about him. I happened across this audiobook and immediately recognized his voice. This book was raw, honest, funny, awkward...I highly recommend! Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Our feelings have nothing to do with whether God loves us or is still involved in our lives."

"Growing up in church, I'd heard it said hundreds of times that evangelism was everybody's primary job in life. But when it came to other (spiritual)
Cindy Munoz
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy and I'll be giving my honest review, because that's how this works.

I'm a Christian with a lot of struggles and hang ups. That's not easy when it looks like everyone at church have it all figured out, with no hint of any struggle, and they expect you to get your act together.
Brant Hansen isn't one of those people. In Blessed Are the Misfits, he's honest about not understanding Western Christian culture, his own struggles with his faith, and how much God loves us, regard
Jeffrey Nelson
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Brant Hansen's writing for quite a long time. I can still remember my first encounter with his words over a decade ago: a blog post declaring that he and his family were giving up church attendance in favor of a different sort of gathering with other people of faith. At that time, he kept a blog called Letters From Kamp Krusty, where he sometimes poked fun at the strangeness of church culture, at other times tackled more serious issues such as acceptance and doubt, and at othe ...more
Taylor  Warden
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a Christian who grew up in church culture, and, now as an adult who has been confused concerning what acceptable thoughts and dispositions are as a Christian, this book was both an array of invaluable reminders and a number of hope giving insights.

It also was convicting.

Its easier to be an offstanding, victimized critic than to take Jesus’ charge to love your enemies, to turn the other cheek, to speak the truth in love so that we may grow into him who is the head of our Christian body, Jesus
Hudson Christmas
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen starts off with a simple warning: “If modern church culture makes perfect sense to you and you always fit in seamlessly, don’t read this.” The next 21 chapters see Hansen tackling the types of people who are largely left out of the church culture’s flawed ideas of what a good Christian looks like. These include: those on the autism spectrum, the unfeeling faithful, the introverted evangelical failures, the people who can’t pray worth a darn, the wounded, t ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Brant Hansen, so I was thrilled to sit down and read this one. I loved Unoffendable - truly life changing and full of highlighter-worthy truths. Blessed Are The Misfits is highlighter-worthy in many places, too. But, this second book is written in a different style. His writing draws us in very naturally. We feel as though we are sitting in that diner, having a conversation with Brant over burnt toast. He warmly invites us into his personal stories, thoughts, questions, strugg ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t really buy into the whole self-help phenomenon, religious or otherwise. Self-help strikes me as common sense... But there were two reasons I picked up this book:

1. Brant Hansen is one of my favorite people on the planet.
2. I am 100% a misfit.

Now I’m so glad I picked this one up, because this book is my spirit animal. It’s hilarious, awkward, moving, honest, and inspiring. Building upon a compelling biblical foundation, Brant Hansen brings hope and connection to people like us, the awkwar
Tessa Stockton
What a great book! Intended for beloved spiritual misfits, those who struggle to feel included or can’t quite make sense of how modern western church operates—at least at some levels—yet still believe in God. Affirming in a humorous, down-to-earth style. Reveals what the Lord truly deems precious and delightful, and what is worthy for which we should strive. BUT I WISH EVERY CHURCH/MINISTRY LEADER WOULD ALSO READ THIS BOOK, as it delivers insight on how more-people-than-you-think (congregation/f ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read all three of Brandt Hanson’s books in 5 days. I couldn’t put them down, the perspective was just so refreshing. While my favorite was Unoffendable, I highly recommend all three. There were some sections in this book and “The Truth About Us” which were good but I didn’t necessarily relate to, but then there were other chapters that would be applicable to anyone and I enjoyed tremendously.

The best praise I can give Brant’s books is that as I’ve read them had a lot more joy and charity in m
As an introvert, I have struggled to find my place in a world that seems to be populated only with extroverts - especially in my walk with Christ. This book provided so much reassurance that I'm not the only one.

Brant Hansen has written a book that speaks to the heart of introversion and its place in the Christian walk. From being distracted during prayer time, to being terrified of just interacting with others, to never having those grand feelings of God's presence, Brant touches on them all.
Bridget Mayo
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weird is good!

If you’ve ever felt like someone who doesn’t quite fit into mainstream church culture, who never says or does the right things socially, who wonders how a God could make such a weirdo like you, Brant Hansen has good news for you! Weird is good! God loves the oddballs and the ones who don’t know how to be normal. And He is preparing a place for all us Misfits for the Party of the Eternity!
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this author’s point of view. So much of the Christian walk can be like a dance that, it seems, I’m the only one that doesn’t know the steps (or Zumba, if you know what I mean). Some of the book is exhorting- makes me feel challenged to break out of my comfort zone. He has a way of wording his thoughts that can be enlightening and/or funny - he had me laughing out loud sometimes, which is rare for me. He has a podcast too, which I’ll be checking out.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never fit in

As someone was never fit in a book like this it's so inspiring. I don't feel so alone. I know that I'm not the only one to think so many of the words written on these pages. It is refreshing and it's a beautiful reminder that Jesus loves everyone of us as outcast as we may be.

Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Makes me love Brant more and want to give him a big hug! But he wouldn’t like that so I’ll refrain if I ever meet him. Poignant, funny, real, welcoming, honest—excellent book. I recommend it to any Christian who’s ever struggled. Which is all of us.
Jolanthe Erb
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hansen writes in such an approachable way that his books are easy to read, digest, and apply practically. So much food for thought in this book - and even if you aren’t sure you are a “misfit” - it’s likely you are. So many dog-eared pages in the book I need to go back to and re-read.
Stephanie Hickman
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a misfit and I am blessed to be one. This book helped me to realize I am not crazy that I don't get "religion" as we know it. I am one of God's chosen and I just need to keep seeking Him and yearning for Him! ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to anyone. It was an excellent read, and super easy. Not full of difficult or boring jargon, Brant is a super down-to-earth and just and awesome person. This book is just like listening to him talk on the radio, simple, hilarious, and full of wisdom. Definitely read!
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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 ...more

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