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Usually BOOKMARK is presentation of a new Christian book to hit the stores, but in this edition, by request, we are presenting a book that was first released in 2015. If you have not yet read UNOFFENDABLE, take a look at the synopsis and reader reviews below – this book may be for you.

UN OFF-END-ABLE

Author: Brant Hansen

ISBN-10: 0529123851
ISBN-13: 9780529123855

Publishing Date: April 2015

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback


Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads

Summary:

Summary:

Not entitled to get angry? Really?

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 Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it.

As it turns out, giving up our “right” to be offended can be one of the most freeing, healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refreshing, stress-relieving, encouraging things we can do.

In Unoffendable readers will find something of immeasurable value—a concrete, practical way to live life with less stress. They’ll adjust their expectations to fit human nature and replace perpetual anger with refreshing humility and gratitude.

The book offers a unique viewpoint, challenging the idea that Christians can ever harbor “righteous anger” or that there even is such a thing for believers.

Few other books exist with such a radical, provocative proposal to consider. We have no right to anger. We are to get rid of it, period. Completely. And it is possible to choose to be “unoffendable.”

Through the author’s winsome, humorous, and conversational style, this book doesn’t add another thing to do on a stressed-out person’s ever-growing list. Better, it actually seeks to lift religious burdens from readers’ backs and allow them to experience the joy of gratitude, perhaps for the first time, every single day of their lives.

Reader Reviews

Jamie Hughes “Unoffendable” a 4 out of 5 Stars.
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 trouble pronouncing a few letters. I remember "l" and "r" were particularly irksome. It took him some time to get words out, and kids being kids, their attention would wane. They'd look away, their eyes drawn to something else, and they'd only half hear him. So my brother would grab any kid who wasn't giving him 100% by the chin and turn the rug rat's face toward him and hold it until he'd finished saying what needed to be said. Not the most polite method I know, but it was effective. That's what Hansen does with this book. He grabs your chin, holds your attention (with honesty and humor), and forces you to listen to something you "know" but have chosen to forget/ignore/push under the rug.

So no...nothing earth shattering here. But the gospel is so earth shattering on its own it hardly needs us to dress it up. Hansen simply presents a simple message and says, "Look at this! Attempt to grasp this marvelous gift you've been given." When we do, "the things of earth grow strangely dim," and everything suddenly gains the correct perspective. Highly enjoyable, fun, and thought-provoking read.

Paula Vince rated “Unoffendable” a 4 out of 5 Stars.
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 sets the weather, so it's always perfect.'

'To those who reason, 'God gets angry, so we should be allowed to,' he would say, 'Well, God's entitled to do a lot of things we're not, such as judging and taking vengeance.' When we're as guilty as the targets of our wrath, we're not in a good position to react with strong indignation. And to those who say that it's our duty to get angry at injustice, he'd reply that taking action and fuming with anger aren't necessarily synonymous.

Hansen attempts to get to the root of why humans tend to be so volatile and easy to set off when it comes to taking offense. Situations in which others seem to be getting as much grace or privilege for less work than others may be enough to do it. Insecurity about our positions tend to make us unwilling to show grace. We justify offenses as righteous anger, much like the Prodigal Son's older brother. I like the way he urges us to embrace the 'glorious unfairness' as Jesus has been offensive in these ways for centuries.

He adds that maybe a tendency to take offense is a bit like having an infected limb. Everyone has an ego, but when it's swollen and over-sized, it's constantly being injured and threatened. It's interesting that a book about being unoffendable ends up having as much to say about true humility. He challenges us to see that we place enormous pressure on ourselves in our quests to be significant, and anything that threatens our efforts may make us flare. Truly humble folk are more difficult to offend, because they know that the things we think matter a lot, really don't matter so much.

In spite of Brant Hansen's friendly, easy-going style, I wouldn't be surprised if the content of this book offends a few people, but I'm wondering whether anyone will be brave enough to say so! I'll keep an eye on reviews to find out. I enjoyed and recommend it.

Brendt Waters rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
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 this radical idea that Hansen presents? Simply this: Being offended is not a Christian virtue. And not only is it not a virtue, but it's never called for.

You see, when I take offense at something Joe did, I am standing in judgment of Joe's actions. Meanwhile, Joe has taken offense at something I did. And both of us are so wrapped up in these offenses, that neither of us are grateful for the forgiveness that God has already granted both of us. We've lost the plot; we aren't trusting God.

But what about sin? Surely we should be angry at sin, right? Well, the Bible tells us that God poured out His wrath at everyone's sin onto Jesus on the cross. Are you telling me that He has to climb back up on that cross to endure your wrath, too?

Hansen answers several other objections to his idea -- largely with Scripture, so if you disagree, take it up with God. But there is one upshot of his thesis that is the most damning to our perspective -- one that, ironically, many will find offensive. That concept: there is no such thing as "righteous anger".

Immediately comes the rebuttal: Ephesians 4:26 says, "Be angry, and sin not." Right there, it would seem that Christians not only have permission to be angry, but are told that they ought to be. But other translations say, "When you are angry, do not sin." That's definitely not a command to be angry, and doesn't even really sound like permission.

But even if you dismiss those translations, we are told later in the same paragraph to "get rid of" a bunch of things. And you know what's in that list? Anger. Add to that a host of other Scriptures that all speak negatively of anger, and "be angry" sounds less and less like the best way to interpret the concept.

This even goes for injustice. Hansen notes that we have conflated "anger" and "action". Some Christian leaders even state that we can't have the latter without the former. But here's the thing: the cross, the ultimate righting of wrong, was not because God was angry at sin; it was because God loves us. Love is the motivation behind seeking to correct injustice. If someone needs "righteous anger" to fuel their pursuit of justice, I have to question their dedication to justice.

Being angry and taking offense come naturally to us. Should that not be a warning bell for us? That which is easy to do rarely is what we ought to do. Or as Hansen puts it: Anger, selfishness, defensiveness and judgmentalism are "not exceptional ... but grace is."

Robert Clelland rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
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 challenges you to instead approach the task of being a light in the world for Jesus with love rather than anger. This doesn't mean excusing or ignoring sin, but approaching dealing with it in a radically different manner than we may have been taught thus far. You have the opportunity to read a preview of the book, Chapter 10 actually, so I encourage you to take a look as I think you will like it.

Sally Ewan rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
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 others but forgiving them, trusting God rather than trying to make things go our way--so obvious, yet so difficult to do! Yet I love the idea that I would be so grounded in God and so aware of my own need for grace that I would extend that grace to others. And I'd lighten up, too, as my husband often tells me to do. I like this idea!

Emma Heater rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
This book was so well written (for me that means easily readable, yet deep and not cliché). 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 freely and actually more fully. 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 that's a burden worth carrying (also we are commanded to do this....love each other). If God is showing us the way He wants us to live, it's always the best way, for us and other people! Thanks Brant for making this book so undeniable, life changing, clear and real!

Karissa Boger rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
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.

"Check out Twitter sometime. You can see anger all over the place. People upset about this and "taking a stand" on that. This isn't surprising. Of course, we're all thankful for the right to speak our minds. But here's what's odd about this confusion when it comes to injustice, anger, and action: a recent study found that people who join causes online are not more apt to actually do something- they're less likely to take action." page 94

"I suspect that we...put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be something significant, and anything that gets in the way of that, or threatens that significance, threatens us. I've noticed, too, that Christians are especially good at wrapping our significance in Christian terms, in ministry terms, to avoid the impression that we're self-centered. But it's still about us. We're not content in what God has done and is doing, and we want the Big Story to include us in the starring role. The Bible, on the other hand, is shockingly devoid of Awesome, Big Planner-People. Instead, God continually chooses the least likely to be chosen, the broken and the humble.”

Kent Kirby rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
Fantastic read!
Brant Hansen has used his whimsical words, great quotes, and real-life stories to share some wisdom that every single human, Christ-follower or not, should take to heart. I highly recommend this to any and all persons, especially Americans and Christians. Be prepared to be offended, deeply offended, and hopefully you’ll become...unoffendable.

Cindy Munoz rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
“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 my temper. I’m the type that simmers in my offense and thinks up well crafted, eloquent put-downs that could damage a person.

The thing is, as a Christian, I have no right to hold on to my anger or to get offended.

Brant Hansen’s Unoffendable is about this very topic and the author does a terrific job in presenting this. Using scripture and examples from his own life, Brant shows how Christians should let go of our right to be angry (yes, even so-called “righteous anger”) and how freeing being unoffendable can be. Throughout the book, Brant explains how holding on to anger creates burdens, the importance of gratitude, peace, humility, and loving your enemies. Scandalous, I know.

Brant never comes off as preachy or holier-than-thou and the book is easy to read in that it’s written in a conversational style; it’s never dry or boring. However, don’t be surprised if you have to put the book down to let stuff sink in.

There’s hope and definite reminders of God’s love in these pages.

If you’re the type that gets emotional, expect to burst into tears a couple of times. Chapter 16 (“And Here’s the Chapter I Kept Putting Off…”) destroyed me, in public, when I was having an incredibly dreadful day. It honestly felt like a hug and reminder that God loves screwed up me.

If you aren’t afraid of having your beliefs about anger challenged, or even if you are, I highly recommend this book. It’s not a self-help book and you’re not going to instantly become impervious to all offense thrown at you. But I think it’ll give you pause the next time someone flips you off in traffic or if you see Kanye West on an awards show.

Emily Brady rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
In this easy-to-read, straight forward, and often times very humorous book, Brant Hansen has written a fantastic, thought provoking work based on the idea that, as Christians, we do not have the "right" to be angry. We should be, as he puts it, Unoffendable.

For the past several years my family and I have been huge fans of Hansen. We listened to him faithfully when he was on the radio, and I still listen to him via podcast. So despite my initial skepticism at the thought of giving up my right to being angry, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. (His track record of honesty, humor and biblical knowledge made that easier for me to do!)

And in all honesty, this book was fantastic. Using stories from his own life (some of which made me laugh out loud), as well as illustrations and quotes from other authors, Hansen effectively puts forth his argument.

Using Scripture, from both the Old and New Testaments, we are shown what God has to say about anger, and who has the right to be angry (not us!) as well as how we are supposed to live our lives with gratitude, love and forgiveness, sharing God with those who may not know Him... and being blessed by the choice to live that way.

Sandi Carroll rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
I can't remember the last time a book made me think this much: it's humbling without being preachy, and it really makes a person stop and think about what is important in life, especially if that person chooses to be and professes the life of a Christian! I know it sounds like a self-help book, but it is so much more than that. This book doesn't promise any fantastic results...just gives you a plan for looking deep into your heart and choosing to love your fellow man the way Jesus taught us to in Scripture. Excellent!

Kendra Fletcher rated “Unoffendable” a 5 out of 5 Stars.
Game-changer. And the audio is absolutely worth it.






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