The Truth about Us
The Very Good News about How Very Bad We Are
"I'm not a good person."
Seriously, who says that?
Practically everyone, from priests to prisoners, thinks of themselves as morally better than average. So why change our minds? What good could possibly come from admitting that most of us are far more self-righteous than righteous?
In this book, Brant Hansen makes an entertaining and insightful case that we can find great freedom in admitting we're not so wonderful after all. It can help us improve relationships, be better thinkers and listeners, and even make us more fun to be around.
In his conversational, fun-to-read, and delightfully self-effacing style, Hansen draws from biblical insight and the work of everyone from esteemed social psychologists to comedians to show that the sooner we get over ourselves and admit the truth, the sooner we're free to live a more lighthearted, fruitful, fun-loving life.
Because the humble life is truly your best one.
"Most of the time, the truth is hard for us to hear. But when it comes with the good-natured humor and crazy-life antics of Brant Hansen, it is God's gift to our souls."--Kyle Idleman, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church and author of Not a Fan and Don't Give Up
"Brant has the rare ability to evoke simultaneous bouts of laughter and moans of conviction. Fresh, provocative, and highly entertaining."--Mike Donehey, lead singer of Tenth Avenue North and author of Finding God's Life for My Will
Brant Hansen is a nationally syndicated radio host of The Brant Hansen Show and an advocate for healing children with correctible disabilities through CURE International. He's also a host of the popular podcast The Brant and Sherri Oddcast and the author of Unoffendable and Blessed Are the Misfits.
"Most of the time, the truth is hard for us to hear. But when it comes with the good-natured humor and crazy-life antics of Brant Hansen, it is God's gift to our souls."
Kyle Idleman, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church and author of Not a Fan and Don't Give Up
"Warning to all humans: Brant's wisdom is stealthy. He writes with such humor and insight, the points he drives home will feel like a ninja ambush. Brant has the rare ability to evoke simultaneous bouts of laughter and moans of conviction. Fresh, provocative, and highly entertaining."
Mike Donehey, lead singer of Tenth Avenue North and author of Finding God's Life for My Will
"The Truth about Us reveals the tyranny of our false self and its heroic delusions. But there's good news. If we trust God enough to walk away from this, we can live in freedom with nothing to hide, nothing to prove, and nothing to lose. Brant's message is entertaining, challenging, and potentially liberating. I needed to read this. (So do you.)"
Benjamin C. Warf, MD, professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School
"Humans need a stern talking-to from time to time, but those straight-up, unavoidable truths are easier to take when they're tempered with humor, understanding, and well-lived-in love. In The Truth about Us, Brant Hansen does that expertly, as he does on his radio show and in all of his writings, because you know he's not asking us to consider truths about ourselves that he hasn't grappled with himself. And he's so funny that it feels like an intimate talk over fries with a friend, not a lecture."
Leslie Gray Streeter, columnist for the Palm Beach Post and author of Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title
"The Truth about Us is another of Brant's somewhat irreligious expositions on the meaning of the life that we (ought to) have in Jesus. Laced with his characteristically prophetic humor, he graciously gives his readers a much needed Pharisectomy. Thanks, Brant--I needed that!"
Alan Hirsch, founder of 100Movements, Forge, and Movement Leaders Collective and author of numerous books
"The Truth about Us is the book 'for such a time as this.' Who would have imagined that an examination of our sinful, narcissistic condition could be laugh-out-loud funny. But Brant Hansen offers just such a gift--one hilarious, convicting, and effulgent with the gospel. I have never in my life come to the end of two hundred pages wanting to be more humble. I will be giving his book to all my friends for Christmas, not only because it's the right thing to do but because they will thank me for it later."
Anne Kennedy, author of Nailed It: 365 Sarcastic Devotionals for Angry and Worn-Out People
"Brilliant and extremely timely. The Truth about Us is unflinching, hope-giving, and life-changing. I think it's the most convincing account of human depravity I've ever read. And it's certainly funnier than Calvin."
Barry Cooper, author, speaker, and podcaster
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