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This book was The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin recommended to me by someone at work who I THINK believes I am edgy and is also aware that I loveeading about eligion I think SHE thought I d embrace this cool approach to Christianity But this book was not for me Nadia Bolz Weber comes from an extremely conservative Christianity But this book was not for me Nadia Bolz Weber comes from an extremely conservative So her fresh ideas were stale to me Catholics are NOT THAT WEIRDI m a Catholic I hang out with REAL GAY PEOPLE I mean that is great and perhaps conservative people eading this will find it No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History refreshing and innovative and maybe it will change their opinions and that is cool But I am looking for someone to stretch Christianity much farther Bolz Weber keeps bragging about hanging with sinners Jesus loved sinners But when youe hanging out with sinners at the same time saying I M HANGING OUT WITH FILTHY ASS SINNERS doesn t it defeat the purpose Jesus led by example and hung out with everyone but he didn t brag about it He just did When Bolz Weber spoke at the funeral of a gay man who committed suicide she called him a sinner Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 reassuring people that they should not be ashamed that he was gay and killed himself If youeally want to embrace the sinn 35 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 her own past issues and the many messed up and outwardly "enjoyable memoir is about how she keeps believing despite her own past issues and the many messed up and outwardly people who show up at her church House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver I especially love her new set of BeatitudesIn my favorite section she zeroes in on one Holy Week and shows the whole Berlayar di Pamor Badik range of emotions and trauma thateligion can address The Ash Wednesday chapter is the overall highlight contrasting the funera 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 her church of and for people who don t L. Munatius Plancus really fit in the usual churches There is a set of discussion uestions at the end and a short in. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWhat if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace todayAnd what if that's the pointIn Accidental Saints New York Times best selling au­thor Nadia Bolz Weber inviteseaders into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality religious but not so spiritual life” Tattooed angry and profane this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly sometimes hilariouslyesists the God she feels called to serve But God keeps showing up in .

Terview with her We get to ead of various events both in Denver and on author s travels within US and elsewhere You get to see her in all her goods and flaws here which in the end mirror the goods and flaws of all people And yet God shows mercy grace and humor in catching us all You get to "WITNESS SOME OF THE TRADITIONS OF HER CHURCH THE "some of the traditions of her church the the tulips etc and to meet some interesting peopleYou end up thinking about your own versions of events featured here your own weaknesses and fears own versions of events featured here your own weaknesses and fears get a feel of God s mercy and sneakiness in a good way over and over It s uite uplifting I think this book may be a good or better even companion to her previous book Pastrix and there s many details that I can see myself pondering on even later Very enjoyable a ead Grace happens But it doesn t happen only to the observantly devout For Grace forgives us ALL And can shower us all with its warmly human well beingThough I never knew what to expect next as the movie eels of these stories unwound what CAN you predict in stories about Grace among Bay Area Rainbow Outsiders some fairly comfortable others down for the count where Up is Down and all middle class markers of polite behaviour are out the windowShe is one BRAVE pastor this no holds barred ingmaster in a Night CircusWhat a tripYet grace always manages to peek out from under disaster wearing as always its patient happy sad face of comfortAnd if you Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe read my attached excerpts you willeadily agree that this is a book that can challenge your beliefs to
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core and with patience understanding elevate them into a much widely expansive stratosphereSo prepare to be challengedIt will The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi rock you it will sock you And it might just make you compassionate to others On a 0 100 scale what I know about Christianity comes MUCH closer to 0 than to 100 Believe me Note I m notepeating believe me as does The Donald so you can trust that I m neither lying nor using truthful hyperbole Born Jewish and still Jewish I unfortunately don t know what I ought to know about my own Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela religion much less any. He least likely of people a church loving agnostic a drag ueen 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 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 haveightly become dis­il. One else s And before I discuss Nadia Bolz Weber s book I should also confess that my desire to increase my familiarity with Christian theology has never been strong enough to measure When I bought Accidental Saints I did not ealize that I was in a sense Dying to Be Ill: True Stories of Medical Deception registering for Religion 103 Introduction to Christianity A few days ago our Sabbath I pulled it from my toead shelf and SURPRISE Page 1 offers an old Christian hymn that begins Rejoice now all
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powers Sing choirs of Exult all creation around G d s throne Jesus Christ is Octavio's Journey risen Instead of singing I m thinkin Holy moly why did I buy this book should Iead on and attempt to find out why Obviously I did Yes Bolz Weber s Accidental Saints contains plenty of material that a practicing Jew cannot embrace or even understand others acceptance of it as the TRUTH To my amazement however the foreign beliefs never became an obstacle to my appreciating a work by this Lutheran pastor The name of Bolz Weber s church is House for All Sinners and Saints and her book has chapters entitled to mention a few Absolution for Assholes Judas Will Now Take Your Confession and The Best Shitty Feeling in the World The work is a billboard promoting the value of letting it all hang out pardon the dated expression The unusual experiences and the commentary that Bolz Weber shares with her Philosophy in Social Work readers convey important messages none it seems important than the following In the kingdom of G d we need not cultivate a persona to hide the lame poor blind or crippled parts of us You can just be And in just being you can in the fierce and loving eyes of G d be known be whole and maybe even find a littleest Because keeping it all ie pretending or overcompensating going is just exhausting 125 26 How many times have I said or written "You don t have to be Jewish to get a particular "don t have to be Jewish to get a particular novel movie etc On a 0 100 scale oh forget the scale it doesn t go high enough My closing comment about Accidental Saints is however a first for me You don t have to be Christian to Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story read this book and be glad that you did. Lusioned 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 theireal lives This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ing 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 eligious voices From the Hardcover edition.