Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
by Nadia Bolz-Weber
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.
3.5 of 5 Stars
I was able to both read this book and listen to it as an audiobook. I think I preferred the audio book but only because it felt more immersive than the regular book. Before each chapter, there is a section with a short song which is actually sung with music in the audio while it’s just a special page in the book. This gave the audio a bit more atmosphere and reference while in the book I kind of had to make that up in my head. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t as intense.
What I liked most about this book is the same as what originally drew me to wanting to read and review it. I love the idea of finding the people you’d least expect to be leaders in a Christian faith doing just that. I frequently find myself feeling left out in certain religious settings because I’m not the stereotypical conservative Christian. Much like the author I’m fairly liberal with most of my views and it was nice to find someone who is fitting that while still being incredibly involved in a church setting.
I also really enjoyed the depth of her humanity. Sometimes I read Christian books and it’s hard for me to relate to the author because while they have been through rough things they just handle it so well. I’m completely aware that might not be the case – we are all human after all. With this author, I was able to relate to her more because of how incredibly open she was about her mistakes and internal struggle. The book also helped me to see her particular denomination in a slightly different way. I really enjoyed getting a peek into something I’ve not understood before.
Overall I primarily recommend this book for Christians who get a bit tired of the main stream stuff that’s available. I think people who aren’t Christian might get a lot out of the book too if they are open minded enough. Also, even if you aren’t an avid fan of audio books, I do think you’ll appreciate this one.
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. I’d like to thank them for the opportunity as well as the extra help with shipping issues! The audio book version I was able to get from my library.