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Cool is a coping mechanism: you're leaning on it, and it keeps breaking down on you.

Sooner or later, you'll count yourself among the uncool: in those ...

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Overview

Admit it: you want to be cool.

Cool is a destination: everyone else has arrived, but you can't seem to catch up.

Cool is a security blanket: you wear it ragged and hide beneath its tatters.

Cool is a coping mechanism: you're leaning on it, and it keeps breaking down on you.

Sooner or later, you'll count yourself among the uncool: in those moments when everybody gets the joke but you, when the new kid's swagger leaves you self-conscious, when your friends invite you to do what you swore you'd never do.

In those moments God sees you and calls you blessed.

In Blessed Are the Uncool Paul Grant deconstructs the cultural phenomenon of cool, an ever-elusive, exclusionary act of perpetual rebellion for rebellion's sake. A life spent chasing after cool is exposed for the fickle, fruitless and ultimately inauthentic life that it is.

In its place God offers you community: where exclusion is replaced with love, rebellion is redeemed with hope, and your longings are answered with faith that in Christ, God is reconciling this uncool world to himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830836031
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Grant was born in Idaho, was raised in Switzerland by missionary parents, and now lives in Wisconsin. He is all about being "uncool"—living authentically in a world of show. Paul says that being uncool is a call to embrace community, family, culture and belonging, and is about living life unashamed. Being hip is no longer "all that." It's much better to be real.

Read Paul's blog at uncool.us.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Trouble with Cool
1. You Gotta Wear Your Sunglasses: Our Obsession, Others' Profit
2. Rebellion On Stage: Definitions and Contradictions
3. The Caucasian Storms Harlem: Culture and Community
4. Faith-Based Cool: Rebellion, Individualism and AssimilationPart Two: The Stuff of Real Life
5. The Tao of Jesus: Faith, Hope and Love Ain't Cool
6. Re-Enchantment: Losing Our Cool in the Church, the Family and the Heart
7. Compassion: When to Care What the World Thinks
8. Deep Uncool: Reconciling the World
9. Beyond Uncool: Inherit the Earth
Notes
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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    One of the best non-fiction titles I've read in years

    As seen in Christian Book Previews... The subtitle of Blessed are the Uncool is 'Living Authentically in a World of Show.' It describes the gist of the book very well. No one likes fake people, yet we as Christians all struggle with being authentic. We've grown up in a society that loves cool and being uncool is not something any of us strives for. But the author makes an excellent point as he digs up the origin of 'cool.' Somehow in the process of protecting our own hearts we have distanced ourselves from the hearts of others, and in effect, often distance ourselves from the Lord as well. Sometimes all it takes is a little playground teasing and we learn to be cool to cope, but at the expense of true relationships. Being a Christian shouldn't be about being 'cool' according to Paul Grant, because the crux of being 'cool' separates us from one another, and that isn't God's will for the church. The author delves into a variety of subjects to support his belief. I have to say I agree with him and have struggle myself with the whole 'cool' image. This book is about being real. It's about loving people where they hurt most. Most of all it's not redundant (I dislike non-fiction books that repeat the same theme on every page.) I highly recommend Blessed are the Uncool for all people (not just teens) who want to break out of that self-protective attitude and be real with the body of Christ.

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