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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, New York Times bestselling author 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 stand-up comic stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. Yet we watch as, in her doubts and her disasters, she keeps “stumbling into holy moments” which break through her resistance and sweep her up in transforming relationships where giving, receiving, even embodying grace becomes a way of life.

As her dramatic stories unfold, we begin to sense that just such holy moments are waiting for each of us.

In a time when many have rightly 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 toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike. As one reviewer writes, “This is a book for everyone who yearns to be made new.”

Told in Nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is a stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices.

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Quotes & Awards

  • If Saint Augustine were to return to life and live among us now, he would be Bolz-Weber; and if his Confessions were to be written in 21st century rhetoric and style, they would be this book. Accidental Saints is what every Christian yearns to know is possible. Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours and The Great Emergence 
  • "[Bolz-Weber] is one of the most important Christian voices around -- not because she has come up with some catchy, easy new way to do faith, but because when talks about the destructive power of sin, as well as redemption and grace, she knows of what she speaks. Huffington Post
  • Wickedly funny and painfully vulnerable, theologically nuanced and lyrically sonorous. [Bolz-Weber's] voice communicates the scandal of the Christ and the sacraments of his church with more force and vitality than most writers can hope to summon. The Christian Century
  • “Engaging and accessible…Bolz-Weber is clear-eyed about the personal travails faced by the marginalized and those without faith. Booklist
  • Unflinchingly honest (and funny)…You don't have to be religious to get something out of this book. NPR’s “Best Books of 2015
  • Compulsively readable… [Bolz-Weber's] love for God and for humankind shines through on every page. Publishers Weekly
  • To say this is a book about God working through imperfect people is to reduce a work of profound, unvarnished truth-telling to the very cliché it so masterfully avoids. Accidental Saints is a triumph in faithful storytelling. In just a few lines of description and dialog, Nadia Bolz-Weber manages to capture all that is beautiful and maddening and frightening about our shared humanity, including her own inconsistencies and struggles as a Jesus-loving sinner-saint. This is one of those rare books that will make you simultaneously wince with recognition and sigh with relief. A must read for every screw-up and asshole caught up in God’s grace. Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday 

    “Besides the fact that she is an amazing writer, my friend Nadia understands more than most that we are messed up people living in a messed up world with other messed up people. She gets the human condition. She refuses to sugarcoat the depth of her own desperation and need. And that’s why she gets grace—our dire need for grace. She understands that God meets our messed-up-ness with his mercy over and over and over again. I couldn’t put this book down.
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber's new book is even tougher, sharper and sweeter than Pastrix: in painfully honest stories, she pulls back the curtains of religious life to show how church—the actual, living body of God—is created among us.  This is a book for everyone who yearns to be made new. Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread and City of God
  • "I always feel narcissistic when I affirm writers who think like I do. But Nadia says it--and does it--so much better, with much more humor, more living examples, and a conviction that will convict you! Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation
  • This is a collection of stories about how liturgy (who would have imagined?), ritual (what?), church (really?), and a bunch of flawed people (like us?) can catch the light of grace and catch fire with the beauty of God. For so many reasons, you really should read it. Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and A Generous Orthodoxy
  • This book made me so happy to be a Christian. Honest and funny, deep and insightful, Accidental Saints disarmed me and then, right when I was vulnerable, Nadia's words snuck right in to mess with me. Sarah Bessey, author of "Jesus Feminist" and "Out of Sorts
  • “Nadia Bolz-Weber manages to capture all that is beautiful and maddening and frightening about our shared humanity, including her own inconsistencies and struggles as a Jesus-loving sinner-saint. This is one of those rare books that will make you simultaneously wince with recognition and sigh with relief. A must read for every screw-up and asshole caught up in God’s grace.”

    Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday

  • “This is a collection of stories about how liturgy (who would have imagined?), ritual (what?), church (really?), and a bunch of flawed people (like us?) can catch the light of grace and catch fire with the beauty of God. For so many reasons, you really should read it.”

    Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and A Generous Orthodoxy

  • “If Saint Augustine were to return to life and live among us now, he would be Bolz-Weber; and if his Confessions were to be written in twenty-first century rhetoric and style, they would be this book. Accidental Saints is what every Christian yearns to know is possible.”

    Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours and The Great Emergence

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