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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Convergent Books (Sept. 8 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601427557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427557
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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"
 

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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By Rule 62 Ken TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 23 2015
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Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, where she ministers to many of those marginalized by society. She is also heavily tattooed, uses profanity liberally, weight trains and is a recovering alcoholic and a former stand-up comedian. In short, she's not your parents' preacher and there is nothing stereotypical about her. In Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, she uses her own life experiences, both personally, and through the members of her congregation, to demonstrate the relevance of Christian teaching in the lives of ordinary people today. In a wonderful story-telling style, she explains how many people have it all wrong in what they imagine the purpose of a spiritual connection to be. The goal isn't to make everyone become perfect people, but rather to find connection, purpose and meaning in their lives while accepting and embracing the fact that we're all flawed imperfect beings. In an age when cable channels are full of showy preachers telling their audience to lead more perfect lives or face damnation, her message is a nice change.

Bolz-Weber introduces us to a number of people in her life who encounter a multitude of life's most challenging situations that would test the patience of any saint. These include parishioners with terminal illness, complete strangers who have lost children to suicide, children struggling with cutting and other issues, victims of gun violence, and even members of the clergy fighting their own demons. Bolz-Weber shows how many of these people are able to learn and live the message of forgiveness, grace and love and to rise from the ashes of their loss, misery and imperfection.
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A great book, explores faith in a very real way....
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A quick and wonderful read. Grace is everywhere.
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