You’d think with a radio audience of millions and two best-selling books, feeling like a failure wouldn’t be an issue. But you’d be wrong.
As a child he was diagnosed with Asperger’s and an eye issue that makes it difficult to look people in the eye, yet remarkably Brant Hansen is brilliant communicator. Even more remarkable is that—given how he was treated by his dad (a pastor)—Brant spends most of his time talking about faith.
He’s convinced that most people want to laugh and be silly (and that belief shows up daily on his radio show), but Brant is also convinced that most people don’t experience God in many of the ways they are led to believe they should. His story is powerful and heartbreaking…but his perspective is refreshing and 100% honest.
“Here I am in Christian media, and I talk about how I don’t feel God around. Because I generally don’t. And so discussing that in a Christian environment could be dicey, but the fact is that’s a lot of people. I’m not getting goosebumps. The fog and the show and the stage, that doesn’t do anything for me. There are so many people like that who want to know that they’re okay and the God still loves them.
My dad was a pastor, and it was not good. Divorces, (relationships) outside of marriage, and I was also pretty scared all the time. So I would hide—usually in the bathroom on the floor—and lock the door. And that went on for years. I would sit in there by myself and I’d usually bring a puppet or something and make up stories. That was awful. He was on stage as a ‘professional Christian’ and it makes me not want to be fake. The last thing I want to do is go up in front of people and put on a show of some sort.”
Brant Hansen is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated radio host, and advocate for healing children with correctible disabilities through CURE International.
He’s won multiple “personality of the year” awards for work on his offbeat and quirky radio show, which is heard on more than 250 radio stations around the country and has more than 2 million listeners. Brant also has a wildly popular podcast with his friend and radio producer, Sherri Lynn called “The Brant and Sherri Oddcast.”