I’ve just finished reading Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new book, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. This is her second book. I’ve got the first one, Pastrix, on my “to read” pile as well.
Nadia is not your average, popular, best selling Christian preacher/author.
First of all, she’s Lutheran. The lion’s share of best selling author preachers are coming out of the evangelical, not mainline, churches which society seems to be rapidly writing obituaries for. Many popular Christian authors are heading up mega churches, writing to spread their influence and fill the seats in their church building and its satellites. Nadia, at the end of her book, counter-intuitively, asks you not to come visit her church, the House for All Saints and Sinners in Denver, Colorado. Its a small supportive, local, church and she would just as soon you start your own small supportive group in your own town, rather than diluting the ministry in Denver with church tourism.
I think I was drawn to buy Accidental Saints because Nadia is so counter cultural. Not so much counter cultural in an downtown inner city sense, because I think she would blend in there better than I do, but counter cultural in an American Christian sense. With her tattoos, her straight to the point, colourful, language, coupled with a strong sense of God’s grace, a love for the sacraments and liturgy, Nadia is something of an anomaly on the Christian landscape, a welcome one.
I’ve watched Nadia on video, follow her on Twitter, read about her in the media and now I’ve read one of her books. Accidental Saints does not disappoint. Through stories from her own life blended with gospel and liturgy, Nadia shows us how God’s grace filters into the cracks of the broken, shows up in the unexpected, surprises us. She reminded me again of the ways that the liturgy of the church reminds us that we are involved in something that is bigger than us, something that we might think we can understand, but realize constantly is more than a little outside our ability to comprehend.
The read is a quick and easy one, and highly recommended.