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Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber


As pastor of the House for All Saints and Sinners in Denver, Colo., Bolz-Weber is not what you might expect a Lutheran pastor to be. She swears like a sailor, has the temper of a tiger, and sports tattoos up and down her arms.

Despite the blustery, non-conformist exterior, Bolz-Weber is touchingly sensitive in her portrayal of the “accidental saints” she meets in her pastoral work. She includes herself in that group, admitting foibles with many quotable lines: “Whenever people annoy me beyond reason, I can guarantee it’s because they’re demonstrating something I’d rather not see in myself.”

While some will be put off by her raw language, Bolz-Weber’s book demonstrates a rooted faith and offers great spiritual wisdom. (Convergent)

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