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Shameless: A Sexual Reformation | Nadia Bolz-Weber
From the New York Times Bestselling author of Pastrix and Accidental Saints Raw, intimate, and timely, Nadia Bolz-Weber offers a full-blown overhaul of our harmful and antiquated ideas about sex, gender, and our bodies. Christians are obsessed with sex. But not in a good way. For nearly two thousand years, this obsession has often turned destructive; inflicting pain, suffering, and guilt on countless people of all persuasions and backgrounds. In Shameless, Bolz-Weber looks at the religious messages about sex that have created shame, explores the harm these messages have done, then offers, not a list of simple amendments, but a call to burn it all down and start over. In the spirit of Martin Luther, Nadia calls for a reformation. To make her case, she offers experiences from her own life and stories from her parishioners alongside biblical theology to explore what the church has taught and the harm those teachings have caused. Along the way, Nadia reexamines patriarchy, sex, and power with candor but also with hope because in her heart she believes the "Gospel is powerful enough, transgressive enough, and beautiful enough to heal not only the ones who have been hurt but also those who have done the hurting." This is by far Nadia's most personal book yet, revealing intimate and emotional details about her life while offering a reading experience that is as entertaining and affirming as it is intellectually robust and liberating. This book will speak to skeptics and believers alike.
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Beccacraft
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This book looks at how Christianity as a religion has harmed all people, Christians and others, with its views and teachings on sex. It‘s interesting, thought-provoking, and bold. I resonated with much of the book with some difficulty in formulating what my thoughts are based on my upbringing and background.

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Tsalm1
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I read most of this in 2020 but just finished it, so sneaking it in as book 3 of 2021. I loved it. So affirming and full of wisdom that we all need to hear, especially those with a church background

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flybluejay
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Written for people who are emerging from traditional evangelical Christianity, this book was a challenging but necessary read for me. Bolz-Weber is passionate about the Church and about correcting what she believes has been harmful teaching about sex — or lack thereof — over the centuries.

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EmmaMae
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Some books are important because of your context. This is one of those for me. Growing up embedded in purity culture and trying to figure out how to move on from that as I understand myself and my place in the world in new ways can be challenging. This book provides narratives to explore this, ask questions, and recognize new ways of being.

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sarahgreatlove
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This book blew my mind. I grew up deeply entrenched in the Christian purity culture she writes about, and as such I read this book and whisper “is what she says really true?”
I hope so.
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Ekkross
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I suspect my problem here is that I was raised an atheist. I couldn‘t relate to the feelings or experiences of most of the people in this book. I do respect the author a great deal for tackling this topic within a community that has historically turned a blind eye to anything involving “non-traditional” sexuality. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Floresj
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This book is written by a Denver pastor that testified for the sex Ed bill in CO. I found this book on sex and religion to be really thought provoking. I attended Lutheran classes when I was younger and identified many of these themes that she discusses in the lessons I heard. I loved her honesty, bravery, and open minded approach. Gave me lots to think about as I parent my children to have healthy relationships as they hit puberty. Excellent book

ReadingEnvy Ooh interesting. I grew up in a purity ring youth group so yeah you know. 3y
Floresj @ReadingEnvy you definitely would identify and have some opinions of her statements. It made me want to attend her church just to see what it was like! 3y
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Hollie
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Post conference presentation I‘m going to enjoy this snickers I chilled in the hotel fridge and this book! 🤓

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Hollie
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When on page 13, you already know you‘re gonna love a book.

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Hollie
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My hold came in and they gave me a free tote to go with it! #library

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Love a free tote bag ☺️ especially now that plastic bags have been banned - my tote bag collection is really coming into its own now! 4y
RealLifeReading Ooh wish my library had totes too. It doesn‘t even need to be free. I‘d buy one! 4y
Hollie @RealLifeReading maybe you could suggest it to them as a fundraiser? 4y
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Christine
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This is a powerful book with the potential to help a lot of people, I think. A few too many sermon-y moments for my taste, but that‘s my own issue, not the book‘s - she is a pastor, after all! I love Nadia Bolz-Weber‘s voice, and this, like all of her books, is full of fresh perspectives and presents an inclusive, subversive, and unrestrained approach to Christianity. (Great on audio, which again is always true of Bolz-Weber‘s books.)

monalyisha OooOoo! Adding this to my TBR, for sure. 🙌🏻 4y
Suet624 Love her. 4y
Hollie I‘m not so patiently waiting for my library to get a copy of this on audio! 4y
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Elma I want to read this one so bad. 4y
Christine @monalyisha Yay! Her books have become must-reads for me. 4y
Christine @Suet624 Me too! This did not disappoint. 4y
Christine @Hollie C‘mon, library!! I was so grateful that my county system bought it promptly. 4y
Christine @Elma It‘s just so good. I hope you get to read it soon! 4y
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Krose1
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I really enjoyed this. I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school my whole life, though different from the Christianity described here, still lent me plenty of shame and guilt around sex. I loved reading this viewpoint.

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underthebelljar
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Ahhh preordered and waiting!!

Birdsong28 I was asked by #PenguinRandomhouse to be a part of the launch team for but I haven't heard anything for ages. I emailed before Xmas but I haven't heard anything back from them as yet. 😀📚😀 4y
BarbaraJean This sounds amazing!! Of course, I still need to read her first two books (which I own)...🤦🏻‍♀️ 4y
underthebelljar @Birdsong28 Oh nice!! Hope you hear something soon! 4y
underthebelljar @BarbaraJean I‘ve only read Accidental Saints by her (which was really good!) and also seen some of her talks/sermons online. She is pretty awesome! Her writing is part of the reason I joined the Lutheran church. 4y
BarbaraJean @BookishJess I‘ve heard so many good things about her—both her writing and her sermons! Need to move her up on the TBR. 4y
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Birdsong28
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Look what I have been invited to become part of! I have accepted of course!!!

#penguinrandomhouse

Whimsical.Curiosity Congrats!!!!! 4y
Quirkybookworm Woot woot!🎉🎊 4y
CareBear Wow! Awesome! 4y
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