Book Review: Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber


A no-holds barred dive into the lives of people that are truly the people of God. People that have went through their own struggles and eventually sought redemption in the church, or at least are in the process of it.

Nadia once again brings it with her frankness and sailor’s language (I am not complaining) to share God’s Good News to all people that are willing to delve into the radical love of Christ. The stories that she shares of those that she has met and mainly her parishioners speaks to the humanity and the love that God has for all people. The love that was imprinted upon them from the very beginning.

I love that she journeys through the liturgical year with her stories and each story fitting into place to mark time with the church. From her story of Saint cookies to the Dogs of Good Friday she moves your heart in only a way that you know God is in the midst of the journey as well.

Her honesty is well received in the fact that she admits that she too is a f***-up and is a sinner just asking to receive God’s Grace. She almost does so to a self-deprecating manner which reminds me of Martin Luther, in the manner that she believes that she is not worthy. If I was looking for a congregation to call home I would be honored to walk alongside her as my pastor. I am proud to serve along side her though in the same denomination and believe that she brings a much needed honesty and rawness to the ELCA.

Because of the language within the book, some people may take offense to it. However, this is real life and real people. It may not be for everyone, but this is where relationships are built and where we can even find God.

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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