Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People Review


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 people—a 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 grace—a 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 couldn’t 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 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.

Title:Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
Edition Language:English

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    Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People Reviews

  • lp

    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 Chris...

  • Julia

    I recommend the audiobook as well because NBW reads it herself. ...

  • 7jane

    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...

  • Rebecca

    (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 he...

  • Scott S.

    "There is something about dropping F-bombs and making fun of worship music with a bishop that makes me feel warm and fuzzy." -- Pastor Nadia, 'minister behaving badly' on page 43After discovering Past...

  • K. Lincoln

    So here's the thing: I grew 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 t...

  • Reese

    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 ...

  • Jessica

    I freakin' love Nadia Bolz-Weber. She released the incredible Pastrix just two years ago, and she's gathered enough stories since then to have a brand-new inspiring, challenging, funny book about God ...

  • Amy Neftzger

    In the spirit on honesty, I'd like to state that I typically avoid books by Christian authors. I have an uncontrollable phobia of platitudes and easy answers. This book was different and Bolt-Weber do...

  • sharon

    Not quite as raw or edgy as I'd been expecting, based on what I'd heard about this book. Given the book's subtitle, I was surprised that I didn't find the book's primary focus to be about "finding God...