“Unoffendable” is both written and narrated by Brant Hansen, the audiobook is published by Tantor Audio studios for the Audible edition. The book is written from a Christian conversational perspective, it is as if the author were speaking directly to the reader who are both sitting in the same room. The author’s experience and background comes mainly from his involvement in Christian radio, speaking engagements, and writing; only this one book is available in audiobook format. It is clear his writing style has the same wit, humor, and comical tones one expects from a radio personality or one that often speaks to large crowds, it is light hearted and rather easy to digest. The author provides some good ideas and recommendation which I believe nearly anyone can learn and put into practice. I enjoyed the writing style along with his ability to additionally pull off the book’s narration rather well. I know the author is not easily offended if he practices what he wrote in this book, and with that said, let me say I felt his premise of one being unoffendable is flawed when one understands who offense is directed at.
I found his use of more modern Bible translations for the book’s scripture references an interesting choice when there are many more widely acceptable and traditional editions available. After the first two chapters, the scripture references (where they were taken from) for the audiobook were no longer provided; maybe this is included in the physical and digital editions. Multiple times he states that understanding scriptural context is important, and I would agree, however there seemed a few places where the author did more proof-texting tank focused on context. I sensed his definition of the word “offense” was more generalized and lacked a few situations that I believe should bring offense to a believer. First, let me say that one should never be offended by something directed at you individually or even as a group. Understanding one importance in the greater plans of a sovereign God, how could or should any Christian be offended by what others say about them. I agree with this part of the author’s premise and I believe he did a good job of proving it throughout the book. This is the takeaway that I think people can and should learn.
Let me briefly state where the author’s premise breaks down; and this does not negate the rest of what one learns. A Christian should be offended when others direct their offense towards a just and holy God. Christians are ambassadors of the King and would/should never permit one to speak poorly of the king. We find many Biblical example where the religious community is called dogs because of their teaching and burdening people with laws and moral; or external (perceived) righteousness. We see this when false teachers and preachers bring “a different gospel” message confusing people in the churches, Paul did not just accept it, instead he acted and addressed it. We have examples of what at times the author calls “righteous anger”, but fails to full define his term here. The Bible does not say that we are to be pacifists like the old bumper sticker “Let Go, Let God”. Should a Christian not be offended when some blasphemes God, Christ, or the Spirit? I think all the puritans and others would have been shocked and acted upon such an offense directed at God. Can God address it and not require us to take any action, sure he is God. Can we permit such to continuously happen without being offended, I do not think so. If one is unoffendable by anything, where is the love we show others by coming along side someone to point out their offense toward God through their sin. Can we be righteously angry when someone directs offense towards us, no but we often are. Can we be righteously angry when someone directs their offense towards God, yes we can.
The narration of the book was done very well for a rather short book of slightly over four hours. Brant Hansen seemed comfortable with his material; no surprise as he was also the book’s author. However, in most cases it is rare to have the author be the narrator and both be done well. There were no issues with the audio itself, no pops, clicks, or other background noise that took away from my listening. The audiobook’s recoding was professionally done.
So, you may be asking yourself after reading this review, should I get the book and have a listen? The book has a lot that one can learn if you can get past a few of the issues I pointed out above. If the use of newer translations, some slight proof-texting, and his weaker definition of how we are to address offenses towards God, you may really enjoy the book and I would recommend picking it up for a quick read or listen.