Accidental Saints Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

Accidental Saints


  • Author : Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Publisher : Convergent Books
  • Release Date : 2015-09-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781601427571

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Accidental Saints Book Description :

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.

Accidental Saints Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

Accidental Saints


  • Author : Bolz-Weber Nadia
  • Publisher : Canterbury Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781848258259

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Accidental Saints Book Description :

What if the annoying person you try to avoid is actually an accidental saint in your life? What if, even in our failings, holy moments are waiting to happen? Nadia Bolz-Weber demonstrates what happens when ordinary people meet to explore the Christian faith. Their faltering steps towards wholeness will ring true for believer and sceptic alike.

Accidental Saints Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

Accidental Saints


  • Author : Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Publisher : Canterbury Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781848258235

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Accidental Saints Book Description :

What if the annoying person you try to avoid is actually seconds away from becoming an accidental saint in your life? What if, even in our persistent failings, holy moments are waiting to happen? In Accidental Saints, Nadia Bolz-Weber takes us inside the House for All Sinners and Saints, her congregation in Denver. Tattooed, angry, profane - an altogether unlikely cleric - this former standup comic stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. Yet in her doubts and disasters she keeps "stumbling into holy moments” that break through her resistance; holy moments that are also waiting for each of us. In a time where many have become disillusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints demonstrates what happens when ordinary people meet to share bread and wine, struggle with scripture, and tell the truth about their real lives. Their faltering steps towards wholeness will ring true for believer and sceptic alike.

Pastrix Book
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

Pastrix


  • Author : Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Publisher : Jericho Books
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781455527069

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Pastrix Book Description :

Now a New York Times bestseller, Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material - until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor. Using life stories - from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers and her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to her experiences pastoring people from all walks of life - and poignant honesty, Nadia portrays a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way. Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, this is the book for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism; for women who talk too loud and guys who love chick flicks; and for the gay person who loves Jesus and won't be shunned by the church. In short, this book is for every misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.

Shameless Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Shameless


  • Author : Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Publisher : Convergent Books
  • Release Date : 2019-01-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781601427601

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Raw, intimate, and timely—a no-holds-barred celebration of our bodies that flies in the face of antiquated ideas about sex and gender. “A triumph.”—Glennon Doyle • “One of the most important, life-changing books I’ve ever read.”—Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired Negative messages about sex come from all corners of society: from the church, from the media, from our own families. As a result, countless people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment. In this instant bestseller, Nadia Bolz-Weber unleashes her critical eye and her vulnerable yet hopeful soul on the harmful conversations about sex that have fed our shame. Bolz-Weber offers no simple amendments or polite compromises. Instead, this modern-day reverend calls for an inclusivity that empowers us to be loyal to people and, perhaps most important, ourselves. “Christianity is not a program for avoiding mistakes,” she writes. “It is a faith of the guilty.” With an alternative understanding of Scripture passages that have been weaponized against Christians for decades, Bolz-Weber reminds us that sexual flourishing can and should be for all genders, all bodies, and all humans. She shares stories, poetry, and Scripture that wage war on perpetual anxiety around sex by celebrating sexuality in all its forms and recognizing it for the gift that it is. If you’ve been mistreated, confused, angered, and/or wounded by shaming sexual messages, this one is for you.

Salvation on the Small Screen  Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Salvation on the Small Screen


  • Author : Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Publisher : Church Publishing, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2008-09-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781596271944

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Salvation on the Small Screen Book Description :

From a seminarian and stand-up comic—an “enlightening and entertaining” look at celebrity televangelists, cash, and couch-potato redemption (AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically). On an average day, the largest religious broadcast channel is a “divine” presence in more than 50 million households. Holding court on the political issues of the day are such figures as Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, and Jesse Duplantis. Yet many people have little concept of what kind of faith happens there—apart from performing miracles and selling books. A casual viewer flipping past the channel is likely to think, “I haven’t the faintest clue what’s going on,” or “That church doesn’t seem like my church at all,” or even, “Wow, so that’s what happened to Kirk Cameron.” To better understand the message of religious television, Lutheran seminarian Nadia Bolz-Weber spent 24 hours immersing herself in the phenomenon with guest viewers including a rabbi, a Unitarian minister, and her eight-year-old daughter. Augmented by a running count of all of the biblical verses used and total cost of various donations solicited and products shilled through the day, the author chronicles this hugely influential part of America’s religious landscape that is unfamiliar to many. And she never changed channels once. The result is “laugh-out-loud, hysterically funny, and also extraordinarily poignant—we need more theology done like this.” (Dr. Douglas Gay, Lecturer in Practical Theology, University of Glasgow, Scotland). “Turn off your TV and read this book. It's enlightening and entertaining and it doesn't emit any radiation whatsoever.” —AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

Summary of Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz Weber Book

Summary of Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz Weber


  • Author : SpeedReader Summaries
  • Publisher : Pronoun
  • Release Date : 2017-10-24
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 9
  • ISBN 10 : 9781641863216

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Summary of Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz Weber Book Description :

Your Quick and Simple Summary and Analysis of Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber Inside, you’ll find: • An introduction to Bolz-Weber’s main concepts • A 30-second summary of the entire book • Time-saving chapter summaries • Analysis and Commentary • Thought-provoking discussion questions • A guide to additional resources, including helpful books and videos About Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber In Accidental Saints, author Nadia Bolz-Weber, a New York Times best selling writer and tattooed former standup comic turned pastor, gives readers a glimpse of her life—one that, it may surprise readers to learn, is more religious than it is spiritual. Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran minister. She founded House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She was, at one time, an alcoholic and a stand-up comedian. In Accidental Saints, Bolz-Weber describes how she feels called to serve God at the same time she feels an overpowering urge to resist the call. She highlights how God refuses to give up on her and on all of us, showing up in the most unlikely forms—an angry NRA activist, an agnostic, a drag queen, or a criminal. These people, according to Bolz-Weber, are accidental saints. They bring Bolz-Weber, and the rest of us, a little closer to grace. They aren’t perfect, but they are willing to share meals, be open about their lives and struggles, and work through scripture together. They recognize that their paths aren’t perfect, and they don’t expect perfection in each other. Through the grace that these accidental saints bring to each other, ordinary people with ordinary problems are transformed in ways they could not have been simply by worshipping or reading scripture alone. Thanks so much for your interest in SpeedReader Summaries! We strive to save what is your most precious and limited resource—time. Tags: Accidental Saints, Accidental Saints Finding God In All The Wrong People, Accidental Saints Book, Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-

Incendiary Art Book

Incendiary Art


  • Author : Patricia Smith
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-15
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9780810134348

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Incendiary Art Book Description :

One of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today’s literary landscape, Patricia Smith fearlessly confronts the tyranny against the black male body and the tenacious grief of mothers in her compelling new collection, Incendiary Art. She writes an exhaustive lament for mothers of the "dark magicians," and revisits the devastating murder of Emmett Till. These dynamic sequences serve as a backdrop for present-day racial calamities and calls for resistance. Smith embraces elaborate and eloquent language— "her gorgeous fallen son a horrid hidden / rot. Her tiny hand starts crushing roses—one by one / by one she wrecks the casket’s spray. It’s how she / mourns—a mother, still, despite the roar of thorns"— as she sharpens her unerring focus on incidents of national mayhem and mourning. Smith envisions, reenvisions, and ultimately reinvents the role of witness with an incendiary fusion of forms, including prose poems, ghazals, sestinas, and sonnets. With poems impossible to turn away from, one of America’s most electrifying writers reveals what is frightening, and what is revelatory, about history.

Surprised by Oxford Book
Score: 4
From 28 Ratings

Surprised by Oxford


  • Author : Carolyn Weber
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2013-02-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780849949319

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Surprised by Oxford Book Description :

"Well written, often poignant and surprisingly relatable." - Kirkus Reviews "A hugely readable journey of cultural and spiritual discovery, sparkling with wit and wisdom." - Alister McGrath "Carolyn Weber's memoir reads like a fast-paced novel. I loved the humor, skillful use of language and her compelling account of her steps to finding God at Oxford. I was totally captivated from beginning to end." - Marilyn Meberg Surprised by Oxford is the memoir of a skeptical agnostic who comes to a dynamic personal faith in God during graduate studies in literature at Oxford University. Carolyn Weber arrives at Oxford a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of Truth, love, and a life that matters. From issues of fatherhood, feminism, doubt, doctrine, and love, Weber explores the intricacies of coming to faith with an aching honesty and insight echoing that of the poets and writers she studied. Rich with illustration and literary references, Surprised by Oxford is at once gritty and lyrical; both humorous and spiritually perceptive. This savvy, credible account of Christian conversion and its after-effects follows the calendar year and events of the school year as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader. "Surprised by Oxford is a sprightly contribution to the genre of spiritual memoirs in the vein of C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy and Lauren F. Winner's Girl Meets God. Carolyn Weber is an unconventional thinker whose engagingly told faith journey will speak to folks who still believe that thoughtful people cannot be Christian." - Lyle W. Dorsett

Unoffendable Book
Score: 4.5
From 13 Ratings

Unoffendable


  • Author : Brant Hansen
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2015-04-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9780529123862

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Unoffendable Book Description :

Not entitled to get angry? Really? It’s a radical, provocative idea: We’re not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own “righteous anger” is a myth. It is the number one problem in our societies today and, as Dallas Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it. As it turns out, giving up our “right” to be offended can be one of the most freeing, healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refreshing, stress-relieving, encouraging things we can do. In Unoffendable readers will find something of immeasurable value—a concrete, practical way to live life with less stress. They’ll adjust their expectations to fit human nature and replace perpetual anger with refreshing humility and gratitude. The book offers a unique viewpoint, challenging the idea that Christians can ever harbor “righteous anger” or that there evenis such a thing for believers. Few other books exist with such a radical, provocative proposal to consider. We have no right to anger. We are to get rid of it, period. Completely. And it is possible to choose to be “unoffendable.” Through the author’s winsome, humorous, and conversational style, this book doesn’t add another thing to do on a stressed-out person’s ever-growing list. Better, it actually seeks to lift religious burdens from readers’ backs and allow them to experience the joy of gratitude, perhaps for the first time, every single day of their lives.

Virus as a Summons to Faith Book

Virus as a Summons to Faith


  • Author : Walter Brueggemann
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-04-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 92
  • ISBN 10 : 9781725276734

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Virus as a Summons to Faith Book Description :

Why bother with the interpretive categories of biblical faith when in fact our energy and interest are focused on more immediate matters? The answer is simple and obvious. We linger because, in the midst of our immediate preoccupation with our felt jeopardy and our hope for relief, our imagination does indeed range beyond the immediate to larger, deeper wonderments. Our free-ranging imagination is not finally or fully contained in the immediacy of our stress, anxiety, and jeopardy. Beyond these demanding immediacies, we have a deep sense that our life is not fully contained in the cause-and-effect reasoning of the Enlightenment that seeks to explain and control. There is more than that and other than that to our life in God’s world!

Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints Book

Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints


  • Author : Daneen Akers
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019-11-15
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 1734089504

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Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints Book Description :

An illustrated children's storybook featuring people of faith who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice.

Saint X Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

Saint X


  • Author : Alexis Schaitkin
  • Publisher : Celadon Books
  • Release Date : 2020-02-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250219589

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Saint X Book Description :

"'Saint X' is hypnotic. Schaitkin's characters...are so intelligent and distinctive it feels not just easy, but necessary, to follow them. I devoured [it] in a day." –Oyinkan Braithwaite, New York Times Book Review When you lose the person who is most essential to you, who do you become? Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, included in Good Morning America's 20 Books We're Excited for in 2020 & named as one of Vogue's Best Books to Read This Winter, Bustle's Most Anticipated Books of February 2020, and O Magazine's 14 of the Best Books to Read This February! Hailed as a “marvel of a book” and “brilliant and unflinching,” Alexis Schaitkin’s stunning debut, Saint X, is a haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another. Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men–employees at the resort–are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives. Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth–not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip

One Way Love Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

One Way Love


  • Author : Tullian Tchividjian
  • Publisher : David C Cook
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780781410892

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One Way Love Book Description :

Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief. Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God's inexhaustible grace—His one-way love. Sadly, however, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living—and the judgments that result from them—rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. In this "manifesto," Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith—grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It’s shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated … but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church—and the world—on fire.

Cranky  Beautiful Faith Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Cranky Beautiful Faith


  • Author : Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Publisher : Canterbury Press
  • Release Date : 2013-11-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781848255333

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Cranky Beautiful Faith Book Description :

Former stand-up comic and unlikely pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber blends sardonic irreverence and brilliant theology as she relates her unusual journey of faith, offering a fresh and uncompromising look at the transformative power of grace. This compassionate book portrays both church and seekers as deeply flawed yet deeply faithful.