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Have you ever felt out of place or like you just simply didn’t belong? Perhaps you were one of the unfortunate kids who was always picked last for gym class. The other kids, for whatever reason, didn’t want you on their team.
Or maybe as a teenager you found yourself at a party where everyone was drinking or smoking and you had no interest to partake. You were the only one not smoking, drinking, or partying. You were the outcast. You did not belong.
Doesn’t feel to good to be unwanted or to made to feel like you don’t belong, does it?
In Brian Humek’s Spiritual Non-Fiction E-book, Purple Ducks, Humek recalls various incidents in which he felt he just simply didn’t belong. From tales of not knowing how to skip in elementary school, to being singled out in choir and asked to resign, Humek shares his stories in a personable way that makes it easy to relate to. Humek also shows a strong sense of humor often laughing at his own mistakes and mishaps and poking fun of himself, which makes reading Purple Ducks not only informative and insightful, but fun as well.
The real strength in Humek’s Purple Ducks is that it not only tells stories of how Humek felt he didn’t belong, but it also provides examples of how we tend to exclude others and make them feel like they don’t belong. Unfortunately, it is easy to single out others in our groups and to exclude them and we often times don’t even realize what we are doing. Humek’s E-book is geared towards Christians and churches/church leaders as a way to encourage them to be more open, understanding, and at times, less conventional.
Many churches often become too uptight or set in their traditional ways. It can be good to remain traditional, but it is never a good thing when traditional turns into judgmental or inclusive. Humek argues that a church should not only be a place of worship, but rather a place that encourages understanding, sympathy, compassion, and above all else, an established community where everyone belongs regardless of their backgrounds. Humek believes that one of the greatest ways to create a sense of belonging in our church communities may be to go outside of the doors of the church. After all, where in the Bible did God state that a church service cannot be held in a retirement home, Starbucks, or even a local pub? If these places help people to feel more comfortable, welcomed, and open, why not use it a place of worship and service to God?
Brian Humek’s Purple Ducks is a well-written, funny, insightful and inspiration E-book that will make you question your previous beliefs on how a church service should be conducted. It will make you more open minded to other individuals and willing to try new things for and within your church. In short, after reading this E-book you will be full of the determination to work harder in your daily life to include others and to make them feel as if they belong…even if they are a “Purple Duck”.