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The Quirky World of Brant Hansen

With Blessed are the Misfits just a few days away from releasing, we realized we had never run the review of Brant Hansen’s first book here. So…

A Theology of Non-Anger

For some time now, I’ve ended the day unwinding with a 20-minute podcast compiled from excerpts of The Brant Hansen Show. Brant‘s a long-time Christian radio guy who has served with Air-1 and WAY-FM. He’s joined daily by producer Sherri Lynn to whom God has apparently given the gift of laughter.

On the sidebar of Brant’s website I kept noticing a reference to Brant’s book, but I figured it to be some self-published project, after all, these days everybody has a book. Only a few days ago did I realize it had been released through Thomas Nelson, and decided it warranted further investigation.

unoffendableUnoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better was actually released in the spring of 2015, so we’re over two years late! If you think that the people in Christian radio are somewhat shallow, you’re going to be pleasant surprised — perhaps amazed — at the substance in this book.

Basically, Unoffendable is a study of instances in scripture (and real life) where anger is a factor. You could call the book a treatise on the theology of anger, though I prefer to take a positive spin and emphasize non-anger. We can be so quick to assume, to lash out, and to hurt. Our knee-jerk reactions aren’t good for the people in our line of fire, and they’re not good for us.

The timing on this is significant as commentators are constantly reminding us that the hallmark of social media in particular and the internet in general seems to be our ability to be easily offended. At everything. We are an offended generation.

The book isn’t necessary a self-help title. You won’t find, for example, six steps to avoid getting angry. Rather, through personal anecdotes and lessons from scripture, proceeding through the book’s chapters instills a climate of non-offense as you read. There’s a sense in which the book has a calming effect.

In many respects, the book is an extension of and consistent with the radio show. There are sections where Brant quotes letters he received from listeners and in my head, I was hearing those as the phone calls he takes on air. Our ability with today’s technology to access spoken word content by authors means you can really allow your imagination to hear the author as you read. We found a station that streams the whole show — not the podcast — daily and listened in just to get the feel.

I encourage to get your hands on this. Read it for yourself, not just to give to so-and-so who gets mad so quickly. I think there is a sense in which we can all see ourselves within its pages; because we all have times where we’ve over-reacted.


More info at Thomas Nelson.

Thanks to Mark at HarperCollins Canada for the review copy.

 

Dear Thomas Nelson; Dear Waterbrook/Multnomah

Dear Thomas Nelson:

I have five copies of Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage in my store which has now been shown to have plagiarized the writing of other authors. The author is also alleged to have been involved in manipulation of the New York Times bestseller list. I can no longer stock or sell this title with confidence but I am well beyond the normal return window. I am asking you, as a gesture of good faith, to send me five copies of some other merchandise at the same retail value in order that I remove Mark’s book from inventory.

Dear Waterbrook:

I have four copies of Steven Furtick’s Greater in hardcover in my store. I had great admiration for this writer and gave his first two books growing reviews, but now find his ministry to be greatly tainted by his building of a $1.75M house as well as widely reported related issues surrounding his book sales. I can no longer carry this product with confidence and am asking you, in good faith, to send me four copies of some other merchandise at the same retail value.