Purple Ducks

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Ever felt like you didn’t belong? It's a common feeling. But why in the world do we want to belong? Purple Ducks looks into where that need originates and tells some funny stories along the way. If you're a dedicated Christian, this book will leave you with mixed emotions. If you don't attend church, after this read, you may just find yourself wanting to join a congregation which meets in a pub. More

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About Brian Humek

First and foremost, I am a writer.

My writing has evolved over the years. When I was in the fifth grade, I dabbled with comics. You should probably be happy you never read "Wilbur the Bouncing Ball," a comic about a basketball. It was atrocious. I still have it somewhere.

I took my first stab writing about music in high school, but really put my love of music into print when I wrote a monthly column about the Dallas-Ft. Worth hip hop scene for Music News Magazine from 1990-1993. Before that, I had written press releases for local rappers (1988-1989)and done some record promotion. I had some local artists played in the hottest clubs in Paris, London and Liverpool. I loved the hip hop scene.

My writing continued in the early 90s with music reviews in community music papers from Long Island, NY to Bismarck, ND and many publications here in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. I also wrote some of the first music reviews that ever appeared online. This was before the internet existed.

As my life turned closer toward God, I began writing a weekly devotional and I still send those out on occasion. I worked office jobs before entering ministry and then became a church planter. Our ministry is still active but now my income is derived from other sources such as editing, photography and website design.

I have also been writing children's picture books since 2004. I have come close to selling books to major publishers, but I am still waiting for that elusive sale.

As for books that changed my life, I would put Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, Organic Church by Neil Cole, and Farmer Brown Shears his Sheep by Teri Sloat on that list.

Well, enough about me, what about you? Please use any contact info here to connect and share your own story.

I hope you'll enjoy my books. I've written them just for you. My goal is to either entertain with the fiction titles I write (coming soon) or to inform and add value to your life with my non-fiction titles.

Thanks for checking out my bio,
Brian

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Review by: Kimberly Erskine on July 27, 2013 :
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”.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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