Accidental Saints Finding God in A
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People Author Nadia Bolz-Weber go inside Ebook Nadia Bolz Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado.She has a BA in Religious Studies from CU Boulder and an MDiv from Iliff School of Theology.. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWhat 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 turnedNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWhat 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 au thor 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 ac cidental saints, Nadia is swept into first hand en counters with grace a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and like being hit with a blunt instrument But by this grace, people are trans formed in ways they couldn t have been on their own In a time when many have rightly become dis illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem onstrates 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.. Good Books Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People This book was recommended to me by someone at work who I THINK believes I am "edgy," and is also aware that I love reading about religion. I think SHE thought I'd embrace this "cool" approach to Christianity. But this book was not for me. Nadia Bolz-Weber comes from an extremely conservative background. So her fresh ideas were stale to me. "Catholics are NOT THAT WEIRD!"(I'm a Catholic.) "I hang out with REAL GAY PEOPLE!" I mean, that is great, and perhaps conservative people reading this will find it refreshing and innovative and maybe it will change their opinions and that is cool. But I am looking for someone to stretch Christianity much farther. Bolz-Weber keeps bragging about hanging with sinners. Jesus loved sinners! But when you're hanging out with sinners, at the same time saying "I'M HANGING OUT WITH FILTHY ASS SINNERS!!" doesn't it defeat the purpose? Jesus led by example and hung out with everyone, but he didn't brag about it. He just did. When Bolz-Weber spoke at the funeral of a gay man who committed suicide, she called him a sinner, reassuring people that they should not be ashamed that he was gay and killed himself. If you really want to embrace the sinners, treat them as people with as much respect as you'd treat anyone else. Maybe I'm being too critical. But if I were at that funeral and that gay, deceased man was my family member. I would be offended. I was almost sort of offended that this book was recommended to me in the first place. Has that ever happened to you? I felt the EXACT same way when someone recommended Blue Like Jazz. The person who handed it to me thought it was hip because the author doesn't speak like he was born in the 12th century and doesn't have extremely conservative religious views and speaks to me on my "level."I think some would call Nadia Bolz-Weber's sense of humor self-deprecating, but you can tell with each self-put down she is boosting herself up. "I'm awful, I drink beer and have tattoos! I do evil things sometimes JUST LIKE YOU but I'm still a good person!" But does a cool/good person have to say it so much? It's also very clear she wants to come off as badass and cool. I believe she is a good person but I don't think she's cool. Cool to me would be someone who makes me think of Christianity anew. Who really and truly lives the message of Jesus every single day without bragging about it. Because they want to, and not because they are image conscience. When that book comes around, will someone please let me know?