In 2012, Jacob Nordby spun out a poem that began:
Blessed are the Weird People–
poets, misfits, writers, mystics,
heretics, painters & troubadours–
for they teach us to see through different eyes…
The poem became a clarion call for creative types who never felt they fit into “normal” society. Inspired by enthusiastic response to his message, Nordby formed his Blessed Weirdian Tribe and the website www.BlessedAreTheWeird.com. Now comes the book, Blessed are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives.
The book isn’t so much weird, as it is passionate, inspiring, occasionally profane, and definitely erudite. Jacob Nordby knows what it’s like to break the boundaries of a strict cultural structure. Raised in a cult-like Christian fundamental upbringing, he broke free to explore the inner regions of his creativity.
The first half of the book gives those poets, misfits, writers, etc. their own chapters. Nordby’s sharp and educated mind shines through as he quotes brilliant weird people of the past and gives us insights into their creative souls. The second half goes into the qualities of creativity itself and proclaims liberation from the constrictions of conformity.
The message of creative liberation resonated in my weird soul. As I read along, I often thought–yes, that’s me!
Jacob Nordby’s book encourages creative types to break the molds, blast the icons, and tear apart societal norms. It’s a joyful, passionate plea for soul liberation. Read the book and join the tribe.
It’s great being a Blessed Weirdian.
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Jacob Nordby is an award winning novelist, essayist, and podcast host. He leads a worldwide conversation on social media via his Facebook author page and Blessed Are the Weird community page. He is the founder and teacher of the Creative UnBootcamp online course for writers (and those who want to be), and founder of the indie press Manifesto Publishing House. He is currently at work on two new novels.