Being a misfit does not disqualify you from a dynamic life—it prepares you for it.
Matthew Barnett knows a thing or two about misfits.
As founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles, a twenty-four-hour church that ministers to thirty-five thousand hurting people a week, Barnett has seen a little of everything. Gangsters, addicts, orphans, taggers, cutters, the sick, the suffering, the hopeless—all the misfits of the world come through the Dream Center’s doors in search of hope.
But when Barnett first arrived in LA, it was he who felt like the misfit. In Misfits Welcome, he shares the simple, life-changing lesson he has learned from twenty years of ministering to the forgotten: Being a misfit prepares you to do the work of the Lord.
Have you found yourself in a jarring new era of life? Have your circumstances deviated drastically from your plans? Maybe you’ve felt like a misfit all your life, or maybe you’re still haunted by yesterday’s mistakes. Whatever the case, rejoice! It is at your most broken that you are most ready for what God has in store. Misfits Welcome is not just about embracing the misfits around us—it is about embracing the misfits within us and using them for the glory of God.
About the Author
Matthew Barnett is pastor of Angelus Temple and the Dream Center in Los Angeles, CA, the first of 150 Dream Centers launched around the world. He is also the bestselling author of The Church That Never Sleeps and The Cause Within You. Barnett is married with two children.
My library director has often said that librarians never invent the wheel, we just tweak it. And she's right. Within the library holds the greatest weapons: books as well as the keepers of its secrets: the librarians. You have the meticulous cataloger, the real-life Miss Frizzle children's librarian, the perky circulation assistant. It's a feeding frenzy of information and we all know we're mad here. Books are dangerous thinks as they provoke new ideas which lead to change. Matthew Barnett's book really opened my eyes to something simple yet profound: Crazy is okay. Those types of people are the ones that change the world. Within the pages, you'll find tidbits of hope with real-life examples that there are a million ways to get to the end of the tunnel :) Rating: 4.5/5 I received this copy courtesy of Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.