Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new book is about how the people you least expect might lead you closer to God.

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber recently released her new book Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. The book has received quite a few good reviews from publishing houses and authors alike and has been named a New York Times Bestseller. It is being considered as a book that instills true faith and something that makes people feel good about themselves and others.

Bolz-Weber is also a pastor who founded the House of All Sinners and Saints, located in Denver, Colorado. She had previously authored the New York Times best-selling book Pastrix. In a candid interview with the Religion News Service, the unorthodox pastor talks about excerpts from her book and its theme in general.

Pastor Bolz-Weber’s view of the Church

In the interview, Pastor Bolz-Weber mentions that “the church is for losers.” She observes that people connect to each other and to God through their shared unhappiness and miseries and not through their victories and strengths. She adds that she finds it hilarious that people view her as a hipster Christian, whereas her congregation is definitely not hip.

When asked about excerpts from the book

When asked about her book, pastor Bolz-Weber spoke about the acts of confession of our own sins and admission of the fact that we need forgiveness for our sins and it is extremely essential for us to be forgiving individuals. The mere fact that we try to forgive people because that’s the way Jesus was, in no way makes us anything like Jesus. She talks about making mistakes and owning up to them. Also, mentions that confession is a large part that people miss out on. They do not understand that the right relationship is based on the truth of confession and forgiveness.

In one of the lines in her book she mentions a person named Billy, who had a substance abuse issue and “sometimes played the piano in his sister’s dresses.” Billy eventually takes his own life in the novel. The pastor writes in the book that Billy was pretty much the person Jesus would hang out with. Her interpretation behind this claim is actually very interesting. Bolz-Weber explains that the entire concept of Christianity did not start with religious leaders and people who were wealthy and sure of themselves. It started with fishermen, prostitutes and tax collectors, who faced a difficult life and difficult choices, much like Billy. These are the people whom Jesus surrounded himself with, hence the comparison with Billy in the book.

Furthermore, the pastor talks about God’s methods of punishment, her thoughts about doubt, faith, and certainty among others.

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People is currently the #1 seller on Amazon in the Religious Leader Biographies category.

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