By Nadia Bolz-Weber
New York occasions Bestseller | one among NPR's most sensible Books of 2015
What if that individual you have been attempting to keep away from is your most sensible shot at grace today?
And what if that is the point?
In Accidental Saints, manhattan occasions best-selling author Nadia Bolz-Weber invitations readers right into a marvelous stumble upon with what she calls “a spiritual yet not-so-spiritual life.” Tattooed, indignant and profane, this former standup comedian became pastor stubbornly, occasionally hilariously, resists the God she feels known as to serve. yet God retains exhibiting up in the slightest degree most 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 along those “accidental saints,” Nadia is swept into first-hand encounters with grace—a reward that feels to her much less like being wrapped in a hot blanket and extra like being hit with a blunt tool. yet through this grace, individuals are transformed in methods they couldn’t were all alone.
In a time whilst many have rightly turn into disillusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints demonstrates what occurs while usual humans percentage bread and wine, fight with scripture jointly, and inform one another the reality approximately their genuine lives. This unforgettable account in their faltering steps towards wholeness will ring actual for believer and skeptic alike.
instructed in Nadia’s trademark confessional sort, Accidental Saints is the lovely subsequent paintings from considered one of today’s most vital spiritual voices.
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