This book was recommended to me by someone At Work Who I THINK work who I THINK I am edgy and
Is Also Aware That Ialso aware that I 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 WEIRDI m a Catholic I hang out with REAL GAY PEOPLE I mean that is reat 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 Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows gay man who committed suicide she called him a sinner reassuring people that they should not be ashamed that he wasay 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 The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) 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 levelI 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 aood person But does a coolgood 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 person but I 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 35 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 an Here we have a continuation a collection of stories from one Saint Cookies day to another five year later when the cookies are accidentally forgotten The author is a Lutheran pastor in Denver with her church of and for people who don t really fit in the usual churches There is a set of discussion uestions at the end and a short interview with her We Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, get to read of various events both in Denver and on author s travels within US and elsewhere Youet to see her in all her A Fairly Honourable Defeat goods and flaws here which in the end mirror theoods and flaws of all people And yet God shows mercy race and humor in catching us all You et to witness some of the traditions of her church the cookies the tulips etc and to meet some interesting peopleYou end up thinking about your own versions of events featured here your own weaknesses and fears and Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue get a feel of God s mercy and sneakiness in aood way over and over It s uite uplifting I think this book may be a ood or better even com Grace happens But it doesn t happen only to the observantly devout For Grace forgives us ALL And can shower us all with its warmly human well beingThough I never knew what to expect next as the movie reels of these stories unwound what CAN you predict in stories about Grace among Bay Area Rainbow Outsiders some fairly comfortable others down for the count where Up is Down and all middle class markers of. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWhat if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at race todayAnd what if that's the pointIn 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 Long way of saying Nadia Bolz Weber s book speaks strongly to me She writes about her failures as a person and as a PASTOR to love the people around her the very people who show here the most race when she commits to speaking in Australia instead of officiating at ood friends weddings or avoids a parishioner with friends weddings or avoids a parishioner with and boring stories And she verbalizes the twin sides of the blessing and neediness issue that have been a thorn in my mental side since the first time I did volunteer work in high school If you Gone (Gone, go out to do mission andive service it s so very easy to fall into a mental trap Here she explains it better than meWhile we as people of God are called to feed the hungry and clothe the naked the whole we re blessed to be a blessing thing can still be kind of dangerous It can be dangerous when we self importantly place ourselves above the world waiting to descend on those below so we can be a blessing they ve been waiting for like it or not Plus seeing myself as the blessing can pretty easily obscure the way in which I am actually part of the problem
And Can Hide The Wayscan hide the ways which I too am poor and needing careHow do we Threads Of The Shroud go about doing service without making a distinction between those who are receiving and thoseiving I think part of the answer lies in stop All Seated on the Ground giving into the sin of pride about being strong or independent or being ao Untitled. getter or organizational maven or the one who knows where all the spoonso in the church kitchen It s about being open to the help we all need We are all broken in our own ways And about this other side of the service coin Nadia writesAnd receiving Wiring grace is basically the best shitty feeling in the world I don t want to need it Preferably I could just do it all and be it all and never mess up That may be what I would prefer but it is never what I need I need to be broken apart and put back into a different shape by the merging of things human and divine which is really screwing up and receivingrace and love and forgiveness rather than receiving what I really deserve I need the very thing that I will do everything I can to avoid needingSo this is a super easy book of anecdotes and stories and vignettes about her parishioners and people she s encountered who forced her to
confront race and i much appreciated the downgrace And I much appreciated the down earth tone Very readable and extremely relatable If you ve been around the block a few times or are a woman with a past you will find peace and a judgment free place to land While her liberal use of cursing was very unusual it did not bother me as I can be a bit of a potty mouth myself when having a hissy fit over something unfair or cruelI was oing to Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage give it 45 stars but I bumped it up to 5 when I read her last chapter on her new BeatitudesBlessed are those are not over it yetBlessed are the losers in a world that only loves winnerSpoke to me spoke to my pastKudos I freakin love Nadia Bolz Weber She released the incredible Pastrix just two years ago and she sathered enough stories since then to have a brand new inspiring challenging funny book about God and people that made me cry on at least three occasions This book is structured over the course of a liturgical year beginning and ending at All Saints Day though she draws on stories from multiple years My takeaway from this book is that I don t need to try harder to be a The DOS good Christianperson I need to work harder to internalizerace mercy and love and then God will be able to use me in the lives of others regardless of what I myself try to do I can practically hear her saying I know that doesn t make sense but that s how God works And then she has six stories to illuminate her thoughts She challenges those who think they can find God and live faith without being in community with other people Her raw honesty complete with appropriately placed curse words is like balm on the soul of a Christian who wants to follow Jesus example but can t figure out how to apply typical Christian platitudes to real life I d recommend it for basically everybody. Lusioned 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 From the Hardcover edition.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Ê 7 ReviewPolite behaviour are out the windowShe is one BRAVE pastor this no holds barred ringmaster in a Night CircusWhat a tripYet race one BRAVE pastor this no holds barred ringmaster in a Night CircusWhat a tripYet race manages to peek out from under disaster wearing as always its patient happy sad face of comfortAnd if you read my attached excerpts you will readily agree that this is a book that can challenge your beliefs to the core and with patience and understanding elevate them into a much widely expansive stratosphereSo prepare to be challengedIt will rock you it will sock you And it mig On a 0 100 scale what I know about Christianity comes MUCH closer to 0 than to 100 Believe me Note I m not repeating believe me as does The Donald so you can trust that I m neither lying nor using truthful hyperbole Born Jewish and still Jewish I unfortunately don t know what I ought to know about my own religion much less anyone else s And before I discuss Nadia Bolz Weber s book I should also confess that my desire to increase my familiarity with Christian theology has never been strong enough to measure When I bought Accidental Saints I did not realize that I was in a sense registering for Religion 103 Introduction I recommend the audiobook as well because NBW reads it herself There is something about dropping F bombs
And Making Fun Ofmaking fun of music with a bishop that makes me feel warm and fuzzy Pastor Nadia minister behaving badly on page 43After discovering Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber via her latest release Shameless just a few weeks ago I decided to check out her previous books Her biographic debut Pastrix is on deck for me later this month I imagine that the edgy chapters in Accidental Saints are indicative of her style of sermons Accidental Saints is a collection of nearly twenty anecdotes and observations Pastor Nadia is very effective like the best clergy who are Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism gifted in penning thought provoking sermons that are not overbearing in preachiness in effortlessly shifting her tone between humorous serious and simply inducing the feels Maybe that s just too slang of a descriptive term for a nearly middle aged man to use but there were at least two instances the consecutive chapters Frances and Panic Attack in Jericho where she induced an emotional response in me with her raw but honest experiences I think a common refrain in her work is that she and her congregation members and by extension the readers are damaged or imperfect people but that s okay because Christ loves us anyway She conveys this message in a direct but reassuring manner that I did not find treacly or pandering So here s the thing Irew up in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America was baptized confirmed and then went to high school and found nothing in the liturgy or the service to make me stay in the churchAnd then I went to live in Japan and had to wrestle with a WHOLE COUNTRY of folks with a 1000 year old history that has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus So I stopped believing the church or Christianity had anything to do with me I m a flaming liberal and a religion that makes outsiders of people is not for me I wanted religion that was inclusive and activeand so I leftBut somewhere along the lines I wanted to sing in a choir again So I started coming back to church And somewhere along the lines I realized I could say the words of the Apostles Creed sing the hymns and say the Lord s Prayer and it didn t matter one bit whether I believed it or not It was about doing things that helped me be a better personAnd then I Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils got breast cancer and had too through chemo and yadda yadda yadda I couldn t be a strong independent person any and had to accept help And somewhere along the lines of accepting help of being weak and needing others I found friendship I found a church communityBut my terrible secret remained I m not sure the God in the ELCA liturgy is the od I believe I mean I certainly don t think 1000s of years of Japanese people are condemned to a fiery pits of hell because Jesus happened are condemned to a fiery pits of hell because Jesus happened live in the Middle East A God of love would not work that way And that s the. He least likely of people a church loving agnostic a drag ueen a felonious Bishop and a un toting member of the NRA As she lives and worships alongside these “accidental saints” Nadia is swept into first hand encounters with Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, grace aift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and like being hit with a blunt instrument But by this Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, grace people are transformed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own In a time when many have rightly become disil.