Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

by Nadia Bolz-Weber

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ISBN-13: 9781601427564
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 31,981
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (Signed Book) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I loved this book. I love this pastors view on Christianity, inclusion diversity, and generally being a decent human being. If you really hate what "Christians" are doing to Christianity, and are looking for a voice of sanity in this insane and profane world- This message of grace and imperfection is an amazing blessing.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I loved this book!
Mystery_Rdr More than 1 year ago
A pastor, the Rev. Nadia shows how human she is ( she swears like a truck driver but she has people and things that tick her off and she erupts; she has many tattoos; there are people she can barely tolerate) and how much her faith means to her. The chapters in this book are full of insight, honesty, and the ability to allow the reader to make up their own mind about the chapter's meaning. Yes, she's a Lutheran minister and she discusses theology, but in such a way that you aren't "beat over the head with the Bible." I couldn't put this book down and recommend it to all who want to be challenged, who ask questions about faith, religion, and life. A wonderful read!
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
When a Pastor introduces herself at a youth conference with 35,000 teenagers in attendance by saying, “(I) shouldn’t be allowed to talk to you . . . I am a sarcastic, heavily tattooed, angry, person who swears like a truck driver!” (p. 38), one has a suspicion that this person is: 1) unique, 2) the next sentence will be something of importance and 3) there is a history worth hearing behind such a statement. Pastor Bolz-Weber has an understanding of God that is deeply Orthodox while running counter to such orthodoxy in her practice. She firmly believes (and has lived as if) God uses “imperfect people, (a) God who walked among us and who ate with all the wrong people and kissed lepers” (ibid). Her present book is filled with stories of contemporary people who are broken, wounded, vile, frightened, who have become, in spite of themselves, present day “saints.” This is not a book for people who are easily offended by having their religion, or how they view faith, challenged. It is a book for those of us who need to be reminded that the Gospel of Jesus is offensive. It reminds we who are familiar with scripture, and informs those who are not, that the disciples of Jesus – throughout history – have had (and continue to have) “colorful pasts.” This book speaks of the scandalousness of Grace; grace that calls God’s children from the pain they create for themselves then grace seeks to annihilate anything that would draw them back to such danger while remaining present when they stumble – all without cost, limits or regulation as to whom or how it is offered. This is a book not to be approached without a pen, a highlighter, a box of tissues and being prepared to see oneself in the mirror of Rev. Bolz-Weber’s words. The author speaks in this work as she self-described, this can be off-putting and shocking coming from an Orthodox pastor. Language is used this book by Rev. Bolz-Weber to speak the rawness, scarred, redeemed nature of her heart. Such redemption, as is true for all, is a work in progress. Her transparency, both of where she was (spoken of in more depth in her book, Pastrix) and where she is presently, is jolting in its immediacy, directness, appropriateness and authenticity. Her detailing the development of her relationship with a “Bishop Bruce” is encouraging and inspiring, as well as heart-breaking and is but one of the stories that make this book worth reading. Bishop Bruce’s “plot-line” crystalizes the heart of the book – we live in a community in need of redemption while it is being redeemed by its members and is a tool of redemption to those same members. Such living reveals that each of us is “accidental saints.”
RevTony More than 1 year ago
If language offends you don't read this book, but you will miss out! Nadia says what most of us think. As a fellow Christian I struggle with my shortcomings and as I was reading this book, if kept building my hope to keep muddling through life as I grow as a Chrsitian. Thank you Nadia!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A tattoed Lutheran pastor who drops the f-word in speech and in writing, who goes where others might fear to be seen, and who sees her own flaws with startlingly honest clarity, Nadia Bolz-Weber has written an absolute must-read book on Christian life and living. It’s a surprisingly liturgical book, following the lessons and prescripted prayers of a liturgical year. But it’s also an account of churching the unchurched, being Christ to the unloved, and offering hope to sinners, whatever their faith. It’s a book about action, not statements of faith. It's filled with real life, real grit, and real conviction. And it's a really good read! The author claims near the end of the book that she’s religious, not spiritual. This surprises me as I’ve often made the opposite claim. But Nadia’s “religious” isn’t the following of form without content. It’s a religiousness that lets liturgy nourish the soul. “'Spiritual' feels individual and escapist,” she writes. “But to be religious... is to be human in the midst of other humans who are as equally messed up and obnoxious and forgiven as ourselves.” If that’s the case, I’ll call myself religious too. In Accidental Saints, you’ll meet neighbors, obnoxious and otherwise. You’ll travel with them on the roads of life, face fears, fall flat on your face, and be lifted up by the unexpected wonder of it all. How do you cope when someone’s one-second mistake has destroyed a life? How do you offer comfort to a stranger who doesn’t believe? How do you change Christianity’s condemnation into Christian welcome and hope? Reading Accidental Saints is surely a good start. It’s also a journey where laugh-out-loud moments balance pathos, deep thoughts offer serious inspiration, and, yeah, you'll hear some swearing too. Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books and I offer my honest review.
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4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
ACCIDENTAL SAINTS Finding God In all The Wrong People By: Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Like someone else I read their review the selection was terrible and I couldn’t find a book I really liked usually I find 3-4 that excite me but not this time around. So I selected this book and SORRY I did. To be honest it was a book that was really hard to read after the first 3 chapters I gave up and wanted to throw it in the trash!!!!!!!!! For a Pastor to use filthy dirty Language was something I just couldn’t handle nor read. It was like being an alcoholic and having someone fill your glass with booze instead of pop or coffee, if you are someone that is trying to change your life for God and come close to Him and get rid of this kind of language in your life this book is NOT for you. To have a Pastor use this language just made me sick!!!!! As I talked to God over this book I felt a peace come over me when I made the decision to stop reading it and toss it aside. I felt as a Christian book it was really bad!!! I can’t say it enough. It’s one thing when you buy a book that you know the author uses that kind of language but to have a Pastor use that kind of language it is appalling to say the least. I felt if the bad language had been left out the stories would have been great but she just took away from the stories as far as I am concerned. I so expected something so different then what it ended up to be. I can only say the ones that thought it was so great must be paid or her friends and didn’t want to give a bad review, if they would had said there were a lot of bad words believe me I would have not picked it at all. I will NOT recommend this book based on the very BAD language used all through it. I received this book free from Blogging for Books for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 1 Star If I could give Zero I would have.