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.
©2015 Nadia Bolz-Weber (P)2015 Random House Audio
"...compulsively readable...deftly explains why God's love should be the heart of every sacred (and secular) experience....[Bolz-Weber's] love for God and for humankind shines through on every page." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)
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"Irreverent Humor/ Ordinary Grace"
I'm good with a little irreverence. I like authentic confessional story telling. I love people who live Monday to Monday looking for wonder and are excited when they find it.
I've listened several times to the episode on speaking to the youth. I like the struggle to find what to say, the doubts about the audience, and the openness to find wisdom in an accidental encounter on a plane.
I like the underlying thread throughout Nadia's two books, the struggle with ego when we are strong and our desire to hide when we are weak.
I also like her refusal to find God in only one kind of person. We're all bad and we're all good and God draws no lines across which he will not step.
"Grace beyond Mercy. Get it!"
Amazing amazing amazing.
Grace comes to those who don't hide brokenness in the bushes of Eden.
Moving call to owning your whole self.
"Touched me deeply "
God put this book in my Audible Library in just the moment to grab me and challenge me to deal with issues I have avoided for 60 years.
""Jesus is running my (butt) down""
"Confessional Style" is the phrase I should have noticed in the blurb.
This book is too much about the author for me. Everything is about how God affects her, her faith journey, and to some extent people around her, but it's so centered on her. I expected something more outreachy or more universal, I guess. Bolz-Weber sees grace in how a congregant was really moved by finding her church before he died, despite the fact that she avoided him and was a bit of a jerk to him. She meets a outsider, possibly suicidal, kid on a plane on her way to give a speech to some kids, and the speech was really successful because she was channeling the outsider and God is using her, or something.
The author narrates, and while she's charismatic and conversational, her conversational styles include insistent? grating? upspeak? and earnest sympathetic child psychologist. I'm not usually bothered by upspeak, but OMG?
I would recommend Greg Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart several times over before Accidental Saints. Bole manages to be a jerk sometimes but inspirational, and he shows more than tells the effects of grace and love, letting his flock take center stage more than he.
"God knew I needed this......I was set so free"
I am a Pastor and so is my husband.....I haven't been into drugs but I was seeking to find myself in Wicca and other things. I have always been looked down upon because of my tattoos, my occasional frustrated swearing episodes and the fact I do not fit what they think a pastor should be....complete with piercings and colored hair.
I have tried to live the outside of what people thought I should look like and sound like only to be miserable and my true self invisible...
I was freed with this book and have a more sincere clarity of the unapologetic person I need to continue to be.
Thank you Nadia. You allows God to use you and you freed metros outside imposed shame.
I'm in tears because I found acceptance in a book.
"A truly beautiful read."
With the author's uncanny ability to be vulnerable and honest, she shows the world and the church in a new light.
"Sharing the Gospel"
The author interprets the Gospel through a deep grace. She demonstrates how to apply the Gospel to our own broken lives through her own stories. Beautiful and edgy at the same time.
"I've never been a big church person..."
This author is my new heroin. Except she doesn't wear a cape. She wears a power tab. She tells every day stories about how God is working in the lives of our parishioners, her friends, and yourself. She gives the reader an insight into everyday theology that is manifested in Grace and the proclamation of the Gospel. I love her speaking style and I love that she speaks in my language.
"Best News - Gospel on Steroids"
A story of grace and mercy from the perspective of those who give and receive out of love. no better news.
Yes, her language is salty, her congregation is questionable, but the wisdom and power of the liturgy passed down by two millenia of Christ followers has power for us today. this shows the Church as it should be.
I will be going back to this book to challenge my own notion of the gospel.
Enjoyed the author reading her book and bringing her experiences and emotions into the reading.
I have recommended the book and recording to Christians and non-Christians as a means to explore our spiritual beliefs and health.
Can't wait until the next book.
I plan to listen again and again. Great to listen throughout the liturgical year as the chapters reflect the life of the church.
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