Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Patrix, is not your typical pastor. She is sarcastic, heavily tattooed and is known to swear like a sailor but she’s also brutally honest and humorous about her attempts to love the saints and sinners in her community. In Accidental Saints, Bolz-Weber writes of her encounters with grace through a diverse group of unusual suspects—a drag queen, an agnostic, and a gun-toter among them. She often seeks to avoid these encounters or minimize them in some way but is unable to escape being changed for the better by these relationships.
“this is the life we get here on earth…. We get to forgive and be forgiven. We get to love imperfectly.”
Bolz-Weber is a fantastic story-teller and readers will be moved by the fact that she is obviously writing for herself and allowing us to benefit from that fact. It’s almost as if her understanding of herself and how to best serve the community becomes revealed through her writing process and we come to the “aha!” moment just at the moment she does.
Reading this book just might inspire you to view those around you with a little more compassion and love, and might also encourage you to give yourself a small break when you fail to do so. As Bolz-Weber notes, “this is the life we get here on earth…. We get to forgive and be forgiven. We get to love imperfectly. And we never know what effect it will have for years to come. And all of it … all of it is completely worth it.”
Finding God in All the Wrong People
Convergent Books, 2015