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The world wants its soul back…In this book, author Jacob Nordby offers a bold new definition of success in the modern era.“The only success now is living and creating a work-of-art life: unique, rich with meaning, naked of anything we don’t care about, and ruthless about carving out something absolutely real from a world that has gorged itself on fakeness and become criticThe world wants its soul back…In this book, author Jacob Nordby offers a bold new definition of success in the modern era.“The only success now is living and creating a work-of-art life: unique, rich with meaning, naked of anything we don’t care about, and ruthless about carving out something absolutely real from a world that has gorged itself on fakeness and become critically ill from it. The only failure now is pulling back from that quest because of fear.”Expanding upon his short original “Blessed Are the Weird” piece that became a viral phenomenon, he traces the roots of soulful artistry and creation to ancient times and back again to reveal the insistent, eternal quest of our true natures that demands something real—as if our very existence depends upon it.This book is a call to creatives (and those who want to be) with the clear message that it has never been more critical to heed the call of soul than it is during this exciting, dangerous new renaissance epoch on Planet Earth.Heartfelt and sometimes humorous, it lights a signal fire for all who feel out of place in the modern world and invites them to claim their heritage as members in an ancient lineage—those tenders of soul and beauty who have always kept the flame alive for humanity.This is a book for everyone who wants to lead a deep, true, and passionate life and leave the world better for having passed this way.Blessed Are the Weird. Your time has come to define the new normal....

Title : Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives
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Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives Reviews

  • Lauren Sapala
    2019-06-08 01:52

    This is one of those life-changing books you stumble upon every once in a great while. The kind of book that not only makes you think, but actually makes you FEEL differently—about yourself, about the world, and about your purpose in it. Full-disclosure: I have been a weirdo all my life. As an adult, I’ve been obsessed with personality systems in an attempt to define and explain this seemingly inexplicable “weirdness” that I’ve struggled with since I was old enough to get funny looks from other kids on the playground. So I’ve read my fair share of material on psychology, spiritual levels, and personal assessment systems. But nothing—seriously nothing—has encapsulated and gotten right to the heart of the matter for me like this book. After reading Blessed Are the Weird I not only feel like I finally “get it” but that I’m also, crazily enough, okay with it. And that’s the part that makes all the difference.This book is crazy powerful. If you’re a Weird Person you will get it, deeply and instantaneously. And it will change your life.

  • Fr. River
    2019-05-20 07:55

    BLESSED ARE THE WEIRDBY JACOB NORDBYA Book Review"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally sensitive. To him. .a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy , a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the over powering necessity to create, create, create--so that without creating music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating." Pearl S. Buck------------------------------------------------------------Yesterday I came to a point where I had to shut every thing down--two of my Marin friends called to "hang out", there way of asking for a ride home from the Haight, which normally I would give them in a minute, and I said "no"; another friend wanted to go to a movie, and I said "no"; and so I turned my phone off. The night before I had made a house call to see a friend who had just had surgery and then went to the Haight to see a person who was suicidal, and yet another was at my door later crying, plus outreach in the rain. I was spent. And while I was exhausted, I was filled with much joy, because this is what fulfills me, being present to another. This is never work for me.Where I truly become exhausted, even depleted, is from my own inner struggle with being myself to people at large. Some see me as a "heretic", others as "different", and most as just "weird". And I say you are right, absolutely correct, I own it.Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Jesuit priest, philosopher, mystic, "heretic", and a saint in a thousand years wrote: "Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire." His words, echo the words of Jesus: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy soul, thy mind, and thy strength, and thy neighbor as thy self," and Jesus lived this out to his death. Love is not a romantic word it is a harsh word of compassion and care for people regardless of who they are or what they do. Because each person has in them the spark of the living God.For me that means walking with people regardless of what they do or have done: murder, sex offenses, stealing, taking abuse without giving it back, forgiving when hurt, facing the monsters within myself, and outside of myself--with holding my judgment and letting God be the judge (for I judge harshly, like we all do, that is why I leave that to God). It means I can say that every person I encounter is "nice" for in each person there is "good". I have seen the good in the people who have stabbed me, shot at me, say horrible things to my face, have murdered and hurt people, and in emails of hate I receive--there is good in each one--they are all "nice" somewhere deep within themselves and through love we can bring that out. In each person there is the face of Christ. It means telling people we all deserve justice when we hurt people, but we are all entitled to mercy as well. Mercy means we love them whether they are repentant or not, mercy means we love them for being human beings, and children of God. For me personally these are not just words--I bear the scars on my body, I bear the scars in my psyche, I bear the scars in often being alone. I am rejected often, and I am also loved often.On my wall, on my book shelves, on my phone, I see the photos of all the "weird" people I know--they struggle for food, a place to sleep, they have no friends in the mainstream, they are often dirty, and they can be mean, they live their lives as they choose. They are rejected because they choose their lifestyle of independence. That choice leads often to being homeless, and many choose that as a price to pay.The choices I make every day have reverberations. And I pay the price for those choices, but if my choices bring life to others, than the cost is worth it. And for me to see the face of a young man brighten when I buy him his first new jacket in who knows how long is worth it. It is in the simple things we find joy. These are my own personal reflections on this book in which Nordby sums up his views on life , and the way I see Jesus viewing life, and this quote from our author gives us a cue on how to approach life: "This is a not a time for martyrs. The era of suffering saviors is over. We are not throwing our lives away like cannon fodder in a hopeless war. Our greatest strength and contribution comes from living in joy. By living our truth beautifully in this world, we take our places as leaders. Now is the time we are the people who can redefine the words "success" and "normal" and yes "weird". We live in a time when we are confronted by great pain in poverty, racial and religious discrimination. Yesterday in America, the Jesuit magazine there was an article which suggests that we are on the brink of a world war,--this is our time to be weird, to be weird in calling out for love, equality, and acceptance for all; to be weird in calling for world peace, and for all to be fed, and provided for.We can redefine life by living with out judgment, respecting all people regardless of race, religious belief, color, gender, sexual orientation, and love people--even when they do wrong. Justice is making people accountable--it is not destroying their lives, but bringing mercy. We are all held accountable for our wrongs--and we all receive mercy. For each of us have the potential to "born again", and become new people. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!Fr. River Damien Sims, sfwP.O. Box 642656San Francisco, CA 94164www.temenos.org415-305-2124

  • Emma Sea
    2019-06-02 04:56

    1.5 stars. Did not speak to me. Waffly and unfocused. YMMV

  • Mitch
    2019-05-26 00:41

    Stunningly beautifulNordby has penned a creative manifesto for those of us who don't fit in, who struggle in the cubicle world. He has lit the torch and shows us the way out of the darkness. A book that is required reading for all weirdos, everywhere.

  • Lauren Davis
    2019-06-18 05:56

    How reassuring. If the idea of discovering there is a creative and useful reason for your weirdness fills you with delight... this is for you.

  • Paul Kohn
    2019-05-22 00:41

    As someone who many people (including myself) see as weird, this book was such a blessing to read. It goes a long way to helping you, the reader, understand how and where your unique creativity fits into the world. Often funny, always practical and full of useful advice on embracing your weirdness, this book shows you that you can use your unique creativity in so many ways to positively impact the world!

  • John Green
    2019-06-04 02:55

    Some books show up, just at the time you need them most, and this is such a book.Blessed Are The Weird begins with a chapter-by-chapter exploration of the meaning behind Jacob Nordby's wildly popular poem from which his book draws its title."Blessed are the weird people:poets, misfits, writersmystics, painters, troubadoursfor they teach us to see the world through different eyes."He offers an expanded version of the poem called Beatitudes for the Weird, which opens even more windows through which we can catch the grand vision he has for the vital role that 'weird' creatives of all stripes play in nourishing the deep longings of the human heart.For Nordby, creative 'misfits' play the alchemist's role, offering a transformative vision through which the world can see the magic at work in the seemingly mundane details of life."We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us,but life is a banquet of common enchantmentwaiting for our alchemists' eyes to notice."Weird People venture into unmapped places, beyond the boundaries of what is safe. In so doing, throughout the ages, these brave adventurers have changed the world, each in their own unique way."We have this radical desire to follow our inner longings no matter where they lead us--and we have come to understand that they are going to nearly always take us most people aren't comfortable in going. In fact, this is why Weird People have always been the ones who move humanity forward. We are the ones willing to go to the verge of the horizon, where the known world disappears into mystery and uncertainty, to lean out over the raw edge of our own fear, and then take another step."The second half of the book deals with so much more than just creativity. It examines discovering your own unique purpose, and the struggle to actualize that into an authentic, passionate life."Living out a creative life means taking ultimate responsibility for everything in it. It means we are not waiting for anyone or anything to come along and give us the keys of happiness. . . And yes, it is weird to live this way because so few are doing it.""Trying to express our deepest truth in life--and by that I mean living out a life that reflects who we really are--is usually a crooked path with many switchbacks, dead end adventures, and hot, thirsty marches."Nordby helpfully shares from his own life, how self-discovery, and pushing past discomfort and the fear of uncertainty is vital to taking hold of the kind of life which is fulfilling and in harmony with our inner purpose."Magic is first in knowing ourselves,Next, what we truly desire,Then giving ourselves permissionTo go for it with a whole heart."I hope you can see from the quotes I've shared, that while Blessed Are The Weird is squarely aimed at creative types of all sorts, it is ultimately concerned with the deepest questions of the human heart. As such, it is an inspiring read for even those who don't consider themselves to be creatives.As a bonus, the book is loaded with life examples, and choice quotes from luminous misfits throughout history who have been courageous enough to rebel against the straightjacket of ordinary existence, in order to live by their own lights.A thoroughly enjoyable read, Blessed Are The Weird felt fresh and vital throughout, not some stale regurgitation of cobbled-together ideas. There is even a chapter on the connection between sex and creativity! I had my highlighter out frequently, to mark passages which I wanted to revisit in the future.It's clear that Nordby knows of what he speaks, and that vitality comes through in his writing. Blessed Are the Weird has given me a greater vision and renewed passion for pursuing my creative calling, and for that I am very grateful. I can't recommend this book highly enough!

  • Lynne Fisher
    2019-06-19 02:48

    Really refreshing take on finding the creativity within, a kind of finding yourself process and being brave enough to go against the flow of mainstream living in order to fulfil your creative potential. Not an easy road, but well worth the journey!

  • Izabela Dziugieł
    2019-06-11 06:01

    A lifesaver for the outcasts and rejects of the shiny culture of superficial. Loved it!

  • Craig Bergland
    2019-05-25 02:43

    Outstanding - and not at all what I expected! After spending the first half of the book more or less defining who creatives are with new and fresh insights, he then progresses to what for me was the meat of the book - how we are to move to a place where we are fully living life in an authentic way (the answer will be different for different people). He is very realistic about the struggles this movement will involve without condescending to lay out a step by step process for us. I found this book to be extremely refreshing as it spoke to where my particular journey finds me currently. Highly recommended.Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.#BATWSpeakeasy

  • Davyd Gosselin
    2019-05-30 05:45

    A gnarly read, Blessed are the Weird is essential reading for anyone who has never been a joiner and who has always felt left out (all of us at one time or another). A gregarious package to have and to hold, for anyone who hates limitations or rejoinders like "but we've always done it this way".A life-saving book for anyone who's questioned their sensitivity, passion or curiosity in a world of mostly insensitive, dead, indifferent people. After reading the book, you'll feel less alone and isolated in your peculiar weirdness. The knowledge will set you free.

  • tranceblackman
    2019-05-22 02:37

    love it. this book is like a cosmic high-five from a spiritual brother from another mother... reading it i was frequently feeling like i was talking to myself, reading my own words, which is a compliment on his intuitive approach and a genuine, heart-centered understanding what it is to be a creative soul. definitely weird, timely, and life affirming.

  • Antigone
    2019-05-29 08:03

    Just WOW! I opened this book with a bit of trepidation. Having fled my home town of Portland, Oregon because of an overwhelming number of people who try so hard to out weird each other that it's no longer organically weird but this pathetic, contrived weird, I was afraid that this would just reinforce that weird...just for the satisfaction of making everyone around you uncomfortable with your weirdness...who cares if it's authentic.Blessed Are The Weird is not that. Jacob Nordby seems to abhor that as much as I do. Organic, authentic weird that's what this book is all about. Reinforcing the idea that being weird is how you are, you are selling yourself short if you can't, or won't accept that in yourself, is a very reassuring message for anyone who feels that they are slightly...or largely...out of step with a good percentage of society.Living in a small conservative community on the Oregon side of the Idaho border I have wrestled with my weird even more. Jacob Nordby has reminded me, in a gentle, loving, humorous way that...I have a responsibility to myself and to the world to live my weird truth, what ever that is. I'm greatful for that little nudge.I hope, one of these days, that I will run into Mr. Nordby wandering Boise's Freak Alley, and that he will allow me to buy him a cup of coffee and express my deepest thanks.There are many people on my Christmas list who will be getting this book!

  • Terry Lair
    2019-05-22 05:41

    Fabulously weirdI adored this book. It is an easy read , it's humorous and very insightful. This book makes you think about and appreciate your unique weirdness. Blessed are the Weird is one of the best books I have read in a long time .

  • Jeff Beesler
    2019-06-18 04:54

    Best Nonfiction Book for an Artist's Soul!Ever feel like things just weren't right in your world? This book may have the answer, and it has everything to do with the act of creating. Next time I doubt myself, I'm coming back to this Manifesto.

  • Erin
    2019-06-02 05:04

    This book was given to me as a gift and it could not have come at a more perfect time. This is one of those books that opens your eyes and makes you feel like you are not alone in this world

  • J. Silvermist
    2019-06-03 05:56

    I love reading this book. It helped to put this into perspective for me because a lot of books out there are for Extroverts since reading Quiet. I have been gravitating towards those book that will help me be more comfortable with being Introvert and I found it. This book goes right up there with my other that will stay in my library.

  • James
    2019-06-02 03:40

    Jacob Nordby is an author, a teacher of writing and a host of a creative writing podcast.  He previously wrote The Divine Arsonist.  His new book aims at inspiring creativity for those on the margins. The name of Nordby's manifesto for creatives, Blessed are the Weird,  is drawn from his poem, "Beatitudes for the Weird." The poem provides a good summary of his vision of creativity:Blessed are the weird people—poets, misfits, writers, mysticsheretics, painters & troubadours—for they teach us to see the world through different eyesBlessed are those who embrace the intensity of life's pain and pleasure,for they shall be rewarded with uncommon ecstasy.Blessed are ye who see beauty in ugliness,for you shall transform our vision of how the world might be.Blessed are ye who are mocked for unbridled expressionof love in all its forms,because your kind of crazy is exactly that freedom for which the world is unconsciously begging.Blessed are those who have endured breaking by life,for they are the resplendent cracks through which the light shines. (8)The people who don't fit the mold (i.e. a 9-to-5  job, white picket fences and 2.5 kids) have something special to contribute to society. They buck against the status quo and make our world beautiful, and provide us a vision of new possibilities for the future. Nordby celebrates poets, prophetic truth-tellers, comedians, writers, mystics, heretical iconoclasts, activists, painters, filmmakers, rebels, magicians, and songsters. Whatever is in you, Nordby tells you to listen to your heart and become that special snowflake you were always meant to be. If you do, you will live more fully, have a greater degree of satisfaction and a better sex life.Nordby's encouragement for creative types is for us to  "become what we are." Rather than apologizing for the weirdo vibe people get from us, we ought to pay attention to what gifts our difference brings to the table (cue Christina Aguilera's Beautiful). Life and art (and activism) on our own terms.  Of course, creativity is more than just following your bliss and being true to yourself. Nordby offers practical advice about facing our fears of failure.I appreciate Nordby's encouraging tone. He does get a little too weird for me in places (i.e. a vague spirituality and magicky-talk always gets my Christian hackles up).  I also wish Nordby said something more substantive than he does. This felt less like a manifesto and more like a motivational speaker vibe ("Young lady, what are you gonna do with your life?!)."However, I think he gets a couple things really right. First, if we are going to ever do what we were put on this earth for (draw, write, create, lead change, etc), we have to pay attention to who we are and what unique gifts we have to offer. Second, he highlights the weird—the ones that don't fit in our society's mold. If something new and creative is going to happen, it will come from the margins, not the center.I give this book three stars and recommend it for weirdos.Notice of material connection: I received this book from SpeakEasy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Julius McCarter
    2019-06-07 01:07

    Jacob Nordby's Blessed are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives is a full exposition of one of Nordby's poems that begins the book: Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers mystics, painters, troubadours for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.The poem itself is a sort of biblical beatitude for the weird and oddball folks of the world -- those whose minds and lives open windows through which we can catch the grand vision he has for the vital role that "weird" creatives of all stripes play in nourishing the deep longings of the human heart.For Nordby, creative "misfits" play the alchemist's role, offering a transformative vision through which the world can see the magic at work in the seemingly mundane details of life. Weird people venture into those unchartered territories, the fringes of human life -- they're the brave adenturers who change the world, each in their own way.The second part of the book is by far my favorite. It examines discovering your own unique purpose, and the struggle to actualize that into an authentic, passionate life. To quote Nordby: "Living out a creative life means taking ultimate responsibility for everything in it. It means we are not waiting for anyone or anything to come along and give us the keys of happiness ... And yes, it is weird to live this way because so few are doing it".Nordby mixes astute, creative thought with narratives from his own life -- illustrating that this book is for real people in the real world. His stories help readers push past discomfort and the fear of uncertainty is vital to taking hold of the kind of life which is fulfilling and in harmony with our inner purpose.Blessed are the Weird is an amazing book that really shouldn't be missed._________________I received a free copy of this book from the Speakeasy Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review here.

  • Zed Amadeo
    2019-05-20 03:06

    For most of my life, I have struggled to find my place where I fit in. With my classmates. Among others in my ethnic group. In places of worship. Joining extracurriculars. I used to think that there was something wrong with me because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make myself belong as easily as everyone else around me seemed to. When my days of adolescence were over and I felt the same way in college, I started to accept that maybe this was just who I was and forged friendships with others who felt somewhat similarly. Now that I have entered the "real world," this realization of my strangeness is striking me once again as I find that the typical path laid out for me is unsatisfying and I'm trying to create my own journey through life.While reading this book, I found myself nodding along and finding rich inspiration from the author's words. Though I have come to accept that I am a misfit and strange, I never quite realized how this might be a blessing in disguise. "Blessed Are the Weird" helped me see the positive in my strangeness, the ways in which it can be useful. As a writer, my inability to comply and my odd qualities that others might find offputting could be the very traits that give me a new perspective on the world that help inform my craft. Being a misfit has a tendency to make me feel as if I am alone. But as this book reminded me, I am far from the first person to feel this way about myself, nor will I be the last. Instead, there is a community of strangeness that stretches across time and space of which I am a part. Though I tend not to be a huge fan of books such as these, this one left me inspired and changed how I think of myself as I create my own path of happiness and creativity, whatever that will end up looking like.I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels or has felt similarly as a reminder that you are not alone, and that your strangeness is not a flaw that you need to fix, but instead the gift that just might be what helps you succeed.

  • Violette Meier
    2019-05-22 02:54

    Great read!This book sang a love song to my creativity. Easy read full of true inspiration.. I highly recommend this to those who struggle with knowing how wonderfully unique they are.

  • Stacie Hammond
    2019-06-18 09:01

    I seldom write reviews because I am impatient and just...way too busy to make time, as are so many of us. But, I literally just finished the witty and profane acknowledgement section of this book, and was smiling ear to ear at the author's sass and grit; his Thank Yous and Fuck Yous with a big ol' cigar hanging out of his mouth, spitting water at Life. I read the whole thing, cover to cover, and loved it, which is rare for me. This is a wonderful and timely contribution to our changing landscape of thought and evolution. Of being co-creators of our world. Of bearing gifts passed through the ages, of rediscovering our latent magic, of stepping up to passion and purpose, to answering the call. A must-read for creatives. A call to the wild, a hearkening to get out there and live in our magic. I adored this book and feel as if I've made a friend: with a deeper oft-hidden version of myself that is a bit..."weird..." and with the writer himself whom is so utterly relatable, real, rugged and honest. And inspiring. Thank you, Jacob Nordby, for writing it. I do hope our wild horses cross in the wilds of this life where we can discuss all things journey, art, renaissance, magic, and strange. And if not, I'm glad to have read your book. What a great addition to our existing story. I feel as though an adventure has ended though, with the last page turned, and I'm back in a mundane world. Which means I must write into a new one. Love that, I feel charged up. Must read, folks.

  • Matt B. Perkins
    2019-05-29 06:05

    I'm really at a loss on this one. This book really blew my mind and reading it felt like coming home after a long, involuntary journey away, seeing your front door and tearing up at the thought of a hug or embrace from your loved ones. It is, in that light, a welcome home event for the soul, and while that might sound like a bloated comment, I'm serious. My God, this book, which I essentially found out of nowhere, spoke to me in ways I can't express in words, and I realize after finishing it that this is the point. I could, and probably will, write a whole post on the awesomeness of this, how I came to find it, and why it will serve me for a long time. For now, I'll say this much: if you've felt an un-scratchable itch to create something, some form of art, and you've allowed any doubt to hold you back, buy this ASAP and devour it. This is exactly what I needed to read right now, and I'll personally be going back to this for a long time.

  • Thomas Qualls
    2019-05-30 01:54

    Jacob Nordby has written a book that is essential reading for every creative soul in this age. He joins the ranks of Julia Cameron, Steven Pressfield, and Brené Brown in granting refuge to those of us who find ourselves uncomfortably Weird in this world.With his world-wise voice and his attentive ear, Nordby shares authentic and hopeful stories, from himself and his fellow Weird travelers, and ties these archetypes together with a well-curated collection of wisdom from beautiful souls throughout the ages.Whether we like to admit it or not, all of us who even remotely consider ourselves artists need external validation that there is a place in this world for us. Nordby delivers.

  • Catherine
    2019-06-19 05:03

    I really enjoyed this concise, inspiring book. I especially liked the chapters broken down into different forms of creativity that is summed up eloquently as life. From art to science, the passion of expression exist for many of us to explore here. I highly recommend this book for the author's wise words as well as others included.

  • Lisa Bonack
    2019-05-23 05:45

    Wow! I want to give this book to everyone! I have so many artist/writer/actor/musician friends that I think would really get a lot out of this. For creative types I think it is very validating and for those who love creative types it is very informative. One more step in the universe's conspiracy to get me working on my novel!

  • Tina
    2019-06-16 03:51

    A wonderful book for all the creative and those of that just don't fit in the main. If I could I would give ten stars A MUST READ

  • Kym
    2019-05-23 02:50

    FunPleasant to read, fun and informative. Recommended for all the misfits and the weird. We are blessed. Enjoy the read.

  • Allison
    2019-06-02 02:42

    Devoured this in one day, and every word seemed to be one I needed to hear someone else say. Inspiring and REAL.

  • Darcy Bellows-Mascorro
    2019-05-29 06:56

    I loved this book, I really relate as an artist, as a human to what the author Jacob has to say about life in modern times. So many pearls of wisdom said in such a poetic way!