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Accidental Saints
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People | Nadia Bolz-Weber
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New York Times Bestseller | One of NPR's Best Books of 2015 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 peoplea 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 gracea 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 couldnt 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 Nadias trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of todays most important religious voices. From the Hardcover edition.
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Maria514626
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I finished the audio a few days ago. I‘m re-listening already. 😁

You won‘t find rules for living, finger-wagging, or easy answers. You *will* find an author as screwed up as the rest of us. (She admits this.) She doesn‘t push Jesus in your face, but says we can all do better (no extra-credit heaven points if you do). And BTW, God doesn‘t hate anyone.

Trigger warning: she is mouthy and swears (a lot).

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Christine
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May you expect so little of yourself that you can be super proud of the smallest of accomplishments.

May you expect so little of the people in your life that you actually notice and cherish every small lovely thing about them.

May you expect so little of the supply chain and the service industry that you notice more of what you do get and less of what you don't and then just tip really well anyhow. ⬇️

Christine May you expect to get so little out of 2022 that you can celebrate every single thing it offers you, however small.

Because you deserve joy and not disappointment

So, I wish you a Happy as possible New Year.

Love, Nadia.

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This has been making the rounds online and was too good and too thought-provoking to not share. ❤️
https://thecorners.substack.com/p/a-voice-memo-blessing-for-a-new-year
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Blueberry ❤️ 9mo
JamieArc So good! I need to post this somewhere to remember throughout the year. 9mo
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Kangaj1 I saw this on Instagram and loved it so much! 9mo
readordierachel ❤❤ 9mo
Christine @Blueberry @readordierachel May we all experience the joy of minimal expectations! ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
Christine @JamieArc - Yes! I had to print it! 😁 9mo
Christine @Kangaj1 The best!! 9mo
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Beccacraft
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I listened to this highly entertaining and convicting book about the ways God works through ordinary or unlikely people. Bolz-Weber does a fantastic job showing how grace and understanding often come from people and places we don‘t expect and maybe even from those that we don‘t like. I enjoyed her vulnerability, openness, and genuineness about her struggles in life and faith, sometimes leaving me with questions and reflections in my own life.

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Linsy
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As a recently converted Nadia Bolz-Weber fan, I couldn‘t pass up the opportunity to devour her backlist — Accidental Saints + Pastrix — for #nfn2020! I seriously love reading and listening to her books. They‘ve given me a new outlook on my faith; and right now, I really needed that! 💕

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Caterina
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May #BookSpinBonanza Book #4 @TheAromaofBooks

Nadia is a pastor in the ELCA, and I'm a seminarian on my way to becoming a deacon in the ELCA. So yay! 🙌 But I found her writing a lot more powerful back when I was first exploring a more open, inclusive kind of Christianity. Now that I've encountered so much depth and complexity from radical theologians, professors, and classmates in seminary, Nadia's stuff is less ground-breaking, but still good.

Caterina I am loving her new podcast, the Confessional with Nadi Bolz-Weber. Y'all should check it out! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
Daisey I‘ve been interested in her books but never gotten around to picking one up. Maybe the podcast would be a good way to check out her style a bit more. 2y
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Caterina
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With so much time on Zoom and reading while sitting indoors, I've been having terrible eye strain, and today I woke up with it barely improved from where it was last night after classes. By the afternoon I had a terrible migraine, which is still terrible, so I treated myself to the first book on my #bookspinbonanza list that's available as an audiobook! (It's a good few down the list...) #migraineandaudiobook

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alysonimagines
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Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber is snarky, salty, and absolutely endearing in this memoir of experiencing how the grace of God shines unexpectedly through flawed people, including herself. Her congregation “love that their preacher is so obviously preaching to herself and just allowing them to overhear it.” I love it, too. Bolz-Weber is the most relatable kind of leader: one who admits she‘s just as messed-up as you but has enough hope to light the way.

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sophierayton
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Hurray for Nadia Bolz-Weber and all like her, who acknowledge the mess of this world and its people but still find God wherever they look for him.

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Hollie
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Anthony and I are perpetually early for everything, so as a result, we have an hour and a half before our flight to Las Vegas. I‘m sipping on some whiskey with my book on my Libby app. Life is good! ♥️🛫

vivastory Enjoy your trip! 4y
Cinfhen Safe travels 💕💕Enjoy 4y
AmyG Have fun! 4y
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britt_brooke Safe travels! 4y
keithmalek I'm jealous (not of going to Las Vegas, but the fact that you have whiskey and a book). 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have fun!! 😍😘 4y
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LazyLimaLife
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Nadia Bolz-Weber is raw and vulnerable in this book. I keep having to take breaks.

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sarahgreatlove
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I listened to the audio and it was moving and awesome. The authors particular style lends itself really well to being listened to, and this was one of the most honest Christian books I‘ve read in a while. Unorthodox and challenging.

LazyLimaLife Loved her first book but haven‘t gotten to this one yet! 4y
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Jschultzems
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Disclaimer - listened to the audio AND read along. This is the second of Pastor Nadia‘s books I‘ve read and find them full of insight and wisdom, interspersed with her history and story. You don‘t have to be a religious nut to find something useful in her books.

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caslinj
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I‘m not sure what to say about this book yet. I certainly don‘t regret listening to it and would love for some more conservative Christians to read it. I‘m going to be pondering this for awhile, especially the need for community for people who are broken in some way, the people conservative Christians tend to rebuff, ignore, or actively try to keep down and how that is exactly the opposite of what Jesus showed in the Bible.

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rwmg
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Moving anecdotes about members of her congregation and others

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rwmg
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I need a break between Jacobean dramas, so starting Accidental Saints

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HeatherBookNerd
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Bolz-Weber is just a good story teller, so listening to the audiobook was a good choice. There was a whole lot about this book that resonated with me. Her stories about how God works in and through broken, needy people were a breath of fresh air for me. I've been battling some depression and anxiety these last several months, and it was encouraging to be reminded that Jesus is present and working in those messy places.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I loved listening to her on NPR. This book sounds great. 5y
HeatherBookNerd @TobeyTheScavengerMonk it was one of those times when you just read the right book at the right time. A couple of her stories just hit home in a way that was comforting. 5y
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mdhughes72
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This is really a mash-up of two very different books. On the one hand we have a noisy 'look-at-me' humble-brag memoir, which to me was like fingernails on the blackboard; on the other, we have a quiet reflection on how we are called into community -- and into the liturgy and other traditions of collective church life -- so as to be formed by Gods grace as we extend grace to each other. Not complicated but radical in today's culture.

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ElectricKatyLand
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I devoured this book. Highly recommend.

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WesleyHoffmann
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Always a great feeling when you start a book with skepticism and assuming you're above what it probably has to say and then you're incredibly humbled by the message and are sitting teary eyed in bed thinking and feeling big things about Jesus and life.

And when I say great I mostly mean embarrassing and a little shameful.

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heikemarie
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I've got about a chapter to go but I'm calling it now - so-so on this one. I was intrigued by the concept but I don't think it delivered. It was more of a memoir than I was expecting. It is lao one of the few books I probably would have liked better if I hadn't listened to the audiobook, because she reads it herself and she just has that self-righteous pastors cadence I can't STAND. And that is an atheist's take on a book not written for me!

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Suet624
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I really enjoyed this book a lot. She reminds me of Anne Lamott. I enjoy how she talks about her faith, her own life struggles, and those of the members of her church. (If you look closely you'll see a Bernie Sanders for Mayor poster on the wall from the 1980's.)

readinginthedark I've been wanting to read this one but haven't gotten around to it yet! Bumped! 6y
Suet624 @readinginthedark oh good! Let me know what you think. 6y
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Nuwanda
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I heard about this one on NPR, then found out my library had it. I'm not particularly religious, but I found the author intriguing and her message inspiring. Her writing style and relationship to Christianity reminded me a great deal of Anne Lamott, whom I adore.

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heikemarie
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Continuing my #readathon while cooking ain't easy but someone's got to do it! Listening while the steaks sizzle... @DeweysReadathon

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tigerlily
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Books that are changing me now. There's so much relief and healing for me in reading these two books. Perhaps it is a bit of an everyday miracle they came to me at the same time? Enns approaches the OT questions that plague us all. It felt like balm to my soul to not hear a trite answer, but to receive a response that deals respectively with the ancients and today's skeptics gracefully.

IVLeafClover I adore Nadia Bolz-Weber. It's basically her fault I'm still a Christian. I just put the Enns book on hold, but someone is ahead of me. 6y
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heikemarie
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I am excited to start this one! First #audiobook in a while and I am stepping out of my comfort zone for it. I am atheist and most especially of all dislike western Christianity. I look forward to a perspective that will hopefully help me disdain it a little less. :)

autumnprivett I JUST added this to my TBR list after hearing an interview with her on NPR. 6y
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WordWaller
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How I'm spending my morning. At the in-laws' farm being all sleepy, but at least I have coffee and this book! Nadia's down-to-earth words and invitation to be vulnerable and honest makes me want to be her best friend. She's like actually the bees knees 🐝👍😍 I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about a non-conventional faith (i.e. She's a pastor with *gasp* TATTOOS all over her arms 😂😂😂)

OSChamberlain Sounds really interesting! 6y
AliBG Loved this book, so grateful for Nadia's influence in the world and in my life. 6y
DoodlesDistractions Ok this may be a rude question, but I still want to ask. I'm a lapsed Catholic, leaning agnostic lately, is this book for People involved in faith or can a questioning person like myself read it without feeling preached at? 6y
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Notafraidofwords @doodlesreads sounds far-fetched but I would actually recommend Marilyn Robinson. She really talks about faith religion without preaching to the reader. Feel free to check out her fiction and her non fiction work. 6y
WordWaller @doodlesreads it's not a rude question! I would say this definitely can speak to those of who have doubts. I too used to be a big person of faith but have since "wandered" but I didn't feel guilty or preached at while reading this. It was HARD at first, to see Scripture quoted occasionally, but in the end I only felt understanding grace. I'll post my review eventually and tag you in it, because I say more about this there 6y
WordWaller @doodlesreads meh I wrote that sort of hastily but what I meant was I think she wrote it for those who have felt hurt by the church and have left just as much as she wrote it to those in the church who need to be more understanding on the why 6y
DoodlesDistractions @WordWaller @Notafraidofwords Thank you very much! I am adding her to my list! 6y
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Ksvz
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Audio Religion Brilliantly read by the author. Her no nonsense and human approach Christianity appeals to me. Her interpretation is how I was raised but cannot find in the modern church. We f-up and we live with it and we struggle to believe we are lovable. Must read for Christians and non alike.

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shawnmooney
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She's so cool: tattooed, cursing like a sailor, feminist and queer-positive. But her theology--all that God/Jesus/Advent/liturgy crap--was too conservative for me, made me sick to my stomach. As a non-religious person, I couldn't get past it. I bailed halfway through.

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sheologian
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My clergy book club is reading this book so I read it. It is a quick and enjoyable read but contains nothing that is new or especially noteworthy. I got it from the library; that was a good choice on my part. Nothing here worth $15.00.