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Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Luthern minister and the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is a recovering alcoholic and a former stand-up comedian. Nadia is also a married mother of two. Her husband is a Luthern minister at a different congregation in Colorado. She mostrar mais is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Pastrix. Nadia has been featured on CNN and in the Washing­ton Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR's Morning Edition, More Magazine, and the Daily Beast. Her work includes Salvation on the Small Screen?, The Hyphenateds, and her 2015 bestseller, Accidental Saints. mostrar menos

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Wholehearted Faith (2021) — Narrador, algumas edições216 exemplares


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Women writers, keep talking to me! I wanted to start my acquaintance with Nadia by reading [b:Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint|17333440|Pastrix The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint|Nadia Bolz-Weber|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364922240s/17333440.jpg|24064768]. But the copy in my library was checked out. So I began with the available title -- this one.

Are there really churches like this? With a pastor and congregants like this? If so, what good news! I hem and haw a bit about my connection to faith communities because so much pain and misunderstanding festers there. Anyone who's been part of church, or stands close to someone that is, is church-damaged. But Nadia is clear-eyed about such realities and keeps going and pastoring anyway. Why? She believes that even in all the mess and hurt that is church -- made up of messy, wounded people as it is -- in fact, because of it, grace, mercy, and healing happen.

A bit like reading Anne Lamot in that honest, raw, surprising way, so much so that on occasion it was distracting. But I'll get over it. And check out Pastrix when it's back on the shelf.
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rebwaring | 26 outras críticas | Aug 14, 2023 |
Were people like this always part of the tradition I grew up with? Until Ann Lamott's [b:Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith|10890|Traveling Mercies Some Thoughts on Faith|Anne Lamott|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1403182174s/10890.jpg|14837] and Glennon Doyle's [b:Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed|15802944|Carry On, Warrior Thoughts on Life Unarmed|Glennon Doyle Melton|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1359054516s/15802944.jpg|21526100] I never came across any.

I've stepped away from the "good news" of Christianity several time because it really didn't sound or feel like good news if it meant editing parts of my story, my personality, my brokenness to be part of the community, among the blessed. How good is the good news if it condemns or excludes anyone -- me, you, my gay cousin -- based on who they are?

So I've stepped back. But the story of love and light outlasting hate and darkness draws me again and again. And thanks to writers like Bolz-Weber, the myth of God who becomes human and lives life -- messy, wounded, surprising -- just like all of us, with us, really does sound like good news. A God who loves us, loves us all, and who cannot be made to love us less, or love us more sounds like amazing news.

This is Nadia's story of death and resurrection in ordinary and unexpected places. She pastors her quirky, open and accepting, weird congregation and finds her way as the person who sees God in the midst of every aspect of life. We are not magically spared, but we are never alone.
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rebwaring | 34 outras críticas | Aug 14, 2023 |
Where was this book when I was a teenager and young adult?!?

With care to frame the work as a response to questions Bolz-Weber asked her parishioners about what they learned in church about sexuality & relating to their bodies, their personal stories and her own experiences (not an ethnography, or a exhaustive representation of everyone everywhere) Bolz-Weber dives deep into the wounding, confusion, and angst that can result from confusing purity with holiness.

Early on, the writer points out that faith communities' "purity systems, even those established with the best of intentions, do not make us holy. They only create insiders and outsiders. They are mechanisms for delivering our drug of choice: self-righteousness... Purity most often leads to pride or to despair, not to holiness. Because holiness is about union with, and purity is about separation from." 26

While the traditional approach to relationships may work for some folks, it leaves many at the corners feeling ashamed as if needing to be fixed in some profound way for being who they are, feeling how they feel. In spite of this, the writer points out that many of those wounded and excluded by what is often held up as the "divine plan", still seek connection and desire to be participating members of a church.

Bolz-Weber's voice is singular, humorous, candid and thoughtful as she frames a powerful argument for a reformation that is long overdue. She's gonna piss off a lot of folks who feel they have a corner on what the love of God means or requires; but for so many more this message is profoundly good news.
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rebwaring | 5 outras críticas | Aug 14, 2023 |
I have very complex feelings about this book. I want to go back and write a more detailed review, but for now I'll say this book will not be for everyone. I'm sure many of my friends will disagree with Bolz-Weber theologically. And there is liberal use of swear words (want to expand on my thoughts about this...). The thing I liked most was the focus on Grace as central to Jesus's ideas. (more coming soon, I hope...)
CarolHicksCase | 34 outras críticas | Mar 12, 2023 |



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