Accidental Saints

Accidental Saints

Finding God in All the Wrong People

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Convergent Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781601427557
Branch Call Number: 248.4 Bolz
Characteristics: x, 211 pages ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeJane Apr 16, 2018

I found this book inspiring and I suspect it would be for others who are simultaneously drawn to religion and disappointed in it. I so enjoyed the honest, practical commentary from this heavily tattooed, prone to cursing, faux-Mohawk-haired, female Lutheran priest serving in an inner-city church. She gets to the heart of spirituality, flawed people and a gracious God. This is a "shot in the arm" read, for sure.

Sep 12, 2017

Grateful I had read "Pastrix," Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber's first book, first. It explains her background and what brought her to where she is today. That being said, God shows up in so many people. Reminds me of the song lyrics, "What if God was one of us?" Great read.

Aug 27, 2016

I loved this book so much that I read it twice! The author is blunt and direct, and occasionally profane, but she is genuine and engaging. I do not attend church regularly, and I found these stories to be inspiring and thought-provoking. I believe that both regular church-goers and the non-religious would enjoy this book and find value in it. I highly recommend it.

Jun 04, 2016

Wonderful book, reminds me of Annie Lamont. Want more from this author

fiftyslady Nov 10, 2015

I'm just finishing this book and I would recommend it if you like books that are very truthful. She makes a case for non-churchy church, If profane language turns you off, don't read this book. She calls them like she feels them. I'm not a church person, but I would attend her church, at least once.


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