Accidental Saints, by Nadia Bolz-Weber

accidentalsaintsIf, like me, you read and loved Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Pastrixyou will almost certainly love Accidental Saints as well. If you didn’t, you don’t absolutely have to read the earlier memoir first, but I think reading Pastrix first might put Bolz-Weber and her ministry in a little better context. She writes about much of the same material in Accidental Saints — about her Lutheran church plant, House for All Saints and Sinners, about her own unorthodox (yet, oddly, very orthodox) spiritual journey, about the old-fashioned concept of God’s grace in a postmodern context. Pastrix focused more on Bolz-Weber’s own story, while in Saints she talks more about the people she’s met along the way, particularly the people to whom she ministers and from whom she learns. Everything is still filtered through her own unique, snarky, humble voice, but the focus in this book is on others: the people we love; the people we know we should love but struggle to be nice to; the people who show us God’s grace in the oddest of ways. I came away from reading this book inspired and glad to be part of Christ’s weird, dysfunctional body here on earth — the church.

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