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Optimisfits

Igniting a Fierce Rebellion Against Hopelessness
Written by: Ben Courson
Narrated by: Ben Courson
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins

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Op•ti•mis•fit, n: a non-conformist, an adventurer, a person who lives with wild abandon, childlike wonder, and unapologetic optimism. With passion, purpose, a large dose of humor, and a wild sense of wonder, Optimisfits offers a roadmap for a better way to live. It’s calling you to seize your status as an outsider and wage a fierce rebellion against the hopelessness of the world by living out an intensely optimistic approach every day. Ben Courson and a band of misfits invite you to join them on an epic adventure with God and with the Squad. 

#hopeisdope! And it’s time to spread it like fire. Are you ready to make a real difference and ignite the world? Join the Optimisfits and see sparks fly!

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  • Lucia
  • 2019-03-24

If we're misfits why not to be OPTIMISFITS?

Are you ready? Here we go:
Wow just wow! I admit I didn't know what to expect when I got this book, well that's not exactly true, I wanted it to be perfect, amazing, eye-opening inspiring... So when I started listening to it, what I didn't know was if it would meet my expectations or it would let me down. The pressure was on! And did I say Wow already?

From the very firsts chapters, you'll find yourself immersed inside this book. Courson's fast pace writing style will have you saying ok just five more minutes and then to bed, -work, class,...-, this time for real! And failing miserably... Every time...

What will you find in it? Truth told like it is packed with biblical references, science, a huge and necessary dose of hope, anecdotes and the author's passions, experiences and heart poured out on top of it.

You can see Courson's essence on every single page, sometimes he'll make you smile, sometimes he'll stop you in your tracks and others, others he'll bring tears to your eyes because he wrote something that hits too close to home. But, isn't that what we want when we listen to or read a book? A writer with the ability to touch something inside us? A writer capable to awake and ignite us?

If you don't know yet if you should get Optimisfits, let me tell you why you should: Because at the end of the day, you know just like I do, that there is much more in life than this, it has to be right? Well then, start the book and let the author lead the way... Because oh yes, he'll be right in your ear reading it to you!
By the way, WELCOME TO THE SQUAD!

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  • Elaine O'Connor
  • 2019-03-23

Solid & Transformative: Every Word Matters

To listen to this book is definitely not to wade across an ankle-deep stream of reasons why you should be hopeful, arriving at the opposite shore with a new attitude. No. To journey toward hope with Ben Courson is, first of all, to be brutally honest about any feelings of despair you might have. Ben models this with such clarity that any similar feelings you might have are sure to rise to the surface … ready for an upcoming transformation. And, to journey toward hope with Ben is to learn that hope rests on a solid, logical foundation, i.e., we have good reason to be hopeful. Turn after turn, Ben points out how we can not only grab hold of hope but how we can rebel against hopelessness. Not very often do I finish listening to a book and find myself transformed. Optimisfits: Igniting a Fierce Rebellion Against Hopelessness is one of those books.

Don’t expect any folderol; every word matters. Ben is a thinker, and I’m certain he put much thought into every character he tapped. (He wrote this book on his iPhone.) Optimisfits is not a book you’ll listen to just once. It’s a book that will change the way you think after the first listen, but that cries out to be listened to again and again. Its truths are that vital.

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  • Ree Samuel Medeiros
  • 2019-05-12

I am devastated

What a great book and profoundly smart author! I admire his faithfulness to scripture as I have also seen in his father. I am terrified that the Gospel was not presented in this book at all.... Therefore it's a waste of time. I fear to say we have another Steven Furtick, a great and smart orator but not a minister of the Gospel. I am terribly sad to come to this conclusion.

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  • Bianca
  • 2019-05-06

Beyond Powerful! 🔥

I have been listening to Hope Generation for years now, and was excited that Ben Courson wrote a book about Hope. He didn’t disappoint!

One thing I know is that I have never grown more as a follower of Christ than when other believers have been willing to be open, raw, and honest about their struggles, shortcomings, and sins, and then talk about the journey God has/is taking them on to live differently. Ben is just that in this book! To be honest, I’ve been posting about it, telling my friends, professors, and even writing about this book in my school assignments because it’s just THAT GOOD!

The parts that ministered to my heart the most was when he talked about feeling like an outsider that no one really understands, and when he talked about struggling with living in isolation and being in your own thoughts too much. His challenge that an Optimisfit can’t be someone who doesn’t forgive hit home too. Conviction was real, but so necessary! Lastly, chapter 40 was the chapter I reread several times. When he talks about looking at everyone else’s love-lives with “envy and cynicism”...man, I’ve been there. You HAVE to read the rest of the chapter to find out the best ways to defeat the Optimisfit Blues.

I connected fiercely with his struggles of depression, suicide, and loneliness. I love his challenges to live differently and see Christ in a new perspective. I’ve definitely been impacted by this audiobook, and will absolutely reread it again. It was MIND BLOWING! 🤯

Ready to invade the world being an Optimisfit! 🤘🏽