Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People  -     By: Nadia Bolz-Weber
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Convergent Books / 2016 / Paperback

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In Accidental Saints, Nadia Bolz-Weber shares from her journey as a stand-up comic turned Lutheran pastor, as she seeks to bring community and the love of Christ to ordinary, broken people. Funny, unflinchingly honest and a bit on the edge, what rings true in Bolz-Weber's stories are the struggles shared by both believers and skeptics in their journey toward wholeness. Nadia's voice may not appeal to all, as she sprinkles rough language liberally through her narratives, but her vulnerability and dependence on Jesus will draw readers to the heart of the message--grace.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 1601427565
ISBN-13: 9781601427564

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New York Times Bestseller | One of NPR's Best Books of 2015


What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?

And what if that's the point?

In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls "a religious but not-so-spiritual life." Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.

As she lives and worships alongside these "ac­cidental saints," Nadia is swept into first-hand en­counters with grace—a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument. But by this grace, people are trans­formed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own.

In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

Told in Nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices.


From the Hardcover edition.

Author Bio

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the au­thor of the New York Times best-selling memoir Pastrix. Nadia has been featured on CNN and in the Washing­ton Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR’s Morning Edition, More Magazine, and the Daily Beast.

Editorial Reviews

"Unflinchingly honest (and funny)…You don't have to be religious to get something out of this book."
-NPR’s "Best Books of 2015"

"Compulsively readable… [Bolz-Weber's] love for God and for humankind shines through on every page."
-Publishers Weekly

"[Bolz-Weber] is one of the most important Christian voices around -- not because she has come up with some catchy, easy new way to do faith, but because when talks about the destructive power of sin, as well as redemption and grace, she knows of what she speaks."
-Huffington Post

"Wickedly funny and painfully vulnerable, theologically nuanced and lyrically sonorous. [Bolz-Weber's] voice communicates the scandal of the Christ and the sacraments of his church with more force and vitality than most writers can hope to summon."
-The Christian Century

"Engaging and accessible…Bolz-Weber is clear-eyed about the personal travails faced by the marginalized and those without faith."
–Booklist

"If Saint Augustine were to return to life and live among us now, he would be Bolz-Weber; and if his Confessions were to be written in 21st century rhetoric and style, they would be this book. Accidental Saints is what every Christian yearns to know is possible." 
-Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours and The Great Emergence 

"To say this is a book about God working through imperfect people is to reduce a work of profound, unvarnished truth-telling to the very cliché it so masterfully avoids. Accidental Saints is a triumph in faithful storytelling. In just a few lines of description and dialog, Nadia Bolz-Weber manages to capture all that is beautiful and maddening and frightening about our shared humanity, including her own inconsistencies and struggles as a Jesus-loving sinner-saint. This is one of those rare books that will make you simultaneously wince with recognition and sigh with relief. A must read for every screw-up and asshole caught up in God’s grace."
-Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday 

"Besides the fact that she is an amazing writer, my friend Nadia understands more than most that we are messed up people living in a messed up world with other messed up people. She gets the human condition. She refuses to sugarcoat the depth of her own desperation and need. And that’s why she gets grace—our dire need for grace. She understands that God meets our messed-up-ness with his mercy over and over and over again. I couldn’t put this book down."
-Tullian Tchividjian, author of One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World and founder of LIBERATE

"Nadia Bolz-Weber's new book is even tougher, sharper and sweeter than Pastrix: in painfully honest stories, she pulls back the curtains of religious life to show how church—the actual, living body of God—is created among us.  This is a book for everyone who yearns to be made new."
-Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread and City of God

"I always feel narcissistic when I affirm writers who think like I do. But Nadia says it--and does it--so much better, with much more humor, more living examples, and a conviction that will convict you!"
-Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation

"This is a collection of stories about how liturgy (who would have imagined?), ritual (what?), church (really?), and a bunch of flawed people (like us?) can catch the light of grace and catch fire with the beauty of God. For so many reasons, you really should read it."
-Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and A Generous Orthodoxy

"This book made me so happy to be a Christian. Honest and funny, deep and insightful, Accidental Saints disarmed me and then, right when I was vulnerable, Nadia's words snuck right in to mess with me."
- Sarah Bessey, author of "Jesus Feminist" and "Out of Sorts"
 



From the Hardcover edition.

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    I wasnt sure if I would like this book. The pastor seemed a bit far out there with her tattoos and bad language. Surely, she would be into New Age and a very different philosophy.

    Well, I was the one to need forgiveness for my judgmental thoughts and prejudice! Nadia is authentic, bold, funny, thoughtful, introspective and amazing. She says what so many of us are thinking but shares her missteps and bad attitude in such a genuine way that we come to realize that we have all of the same thoughts and issues.

    Nadia is a Lutheran Pastor and (although I grew up in the Lutheran Church) she shared the meaning behind many of the rituals and helped me to see it in a different light. My current church is non-denominational and has contemporary music (which I love!) but there was such beauty in her services as she shared more about the purpose of the old liturgy, hymns and ritualistic celebrations at her church.

    But the true story of this book is about Gods goodness, redemption, grace and how imperfect people are chosen to fulfill Gods purposes here on earth. Its real. Its raw. And, its a great example of how God can work through the most unlikely of people. Although Nadia has some colorful, unexpected language for a Pastor; I found her word choice helping to make the point more clearly that sometimes we can be horrible (my word) but we still receive Gods grace which is the best horrible (my word) feeling you can have -- because no one ever wants to NEED grace -- but what a blessing that it is available for the times we really mess up!

    I hope that Nadia Bolz-Weber will continue to write more books to inspire us to look more closely at ourselves, our relationships with each other and to turn our eyes and hearts more closely toward Jesus to be all that He would want us to bedespite our shortcomings. Sometimes the fact that there is nothing about you that makes you the right person to do something is exactly what God is looking for.
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