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
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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 f
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?
really liked it
(3.5) I knew of Nadia Bolz-Weber through Greenbelt Festival. She’s a foul-mouthed, tattooed, fairly orthodox Lutheran pastor. This brief, enjoyable memoir is about how she keeps believing despite her own past issues and the many messed-up and outwardly unlovable people who show up at her church, House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. I especially love her new set of Beatitudes.
In my favorite section, she zeroes in on one Holy Week and shows the whole range of emotions and trauma that religi