Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.Unoffendable, he purports the idea that we, as Christians, should all learn to be Unoffendable. He says that by making an effort to not be offended at things others do, we can all improve our lives. By choosing to be forgiving instead of offended, it releases the stress, anxiety, and anger we tend to harbor towards those who have wronged us or others by their words or actions.
One example that I noticed popped up again and again throughout the book is the issue of drivers on the road who drive as though the road belongs to them alone. I used to get angry at drivers that darted out in front of me to cut me off, but as I've grown older I try to be more graceful and assume they must have somewhere important they have to be, such as the hospital for the birth of their first child or perhaps they are late for a job interview after being unemployed for a year and their car wouldn't start. In doing this, I'm choosing not to be offended by their actions, releasing me from the anger at being cut off.
There are many more examples in the book, but the premise is that we all do things that offend others, whether it be our clothing choices, parenting reactions, or sometimes nothing at all. If we all chose not to be offended (or surprised even) by things others do, we'd all live in a better state of mind. The author also broaches some really convicting issues, such as injustice and righteous anger, but still urges the ideal of being unoffendable in a unique way that really makes a lot of sense to me.
Brant Hansen has a wonderful writing style - witty, provocative, and conversational. Rather than giving Christians yet another checklist of things to do, he encourages us to learn to let go and let God be the judge of other's actions. In doing so, we're practicing grace and mercy, and living in a state of gratitude, instead of attitude. Unoffendable is about 200 pages long, and is an excellent read.
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