Cranky, Beautiful Faith : For Irregular (and Regular) People Paperback
Former stand-up comic and unlikely pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber weaves personal narrative, hilarious rants and powerful spiritual insight as she relates her unusual journey of faith, offering a fresh and uncompromising look at the transformative power of grace.
As one of today's most provocative Christian leaders, she blends sardonic irreverence and brilliant theology to offer a new portrait of faith - one that is edgy, outrageous and, above all, real.
Smart-mouthed and heavily tattooed, Nadia Bolz-Weber didn't consider herself `religious leader material' and didn't expect to find her vocation leading a funeral in a smoky, downtown comedy club.
But surrounded by recovering alcoholics, depressives, and comedians, she realized these were her people and maybe she was meant to be their pastor.
This compassionate book portrays both church and seekers as deeply flawed yet deeply faithful.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
- Publication Date: 31/10/2013
- Category: Personal Christian testimony & popular inspirational works
- ISBN: 9781848255319
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Review by pamjw
Cranky, Beautiful Faith is a book of reality and honesty – of leadership, of church life and of faith itself. It is a narrative of Nadia’s life, her battles, her faith and the life of House of All Sinners and Saints, what the back cover blurb describes as a “mission church” in Denver.It covers Nadia’s background, her call to ministry when she knew she was being called to be a ‘Pastor to her People’ – such an amazing and powerful call – and the journey that ensues.Each chapter is as well as part of the story of the church, an illustration of a bible passage, something that seems to just follow naturally. It is totally honest, gutsy and inspiring. Nadia is not afraid to share the struggles of growing a church – and the reality of the failures. Throughout there is an honesty of her own battles of emotions of what she’s feeling and what she knows she should think, and the work God is doing in her. This offered me both encouragement and hope!This book is inspiring and a real vision for how church can and should be – a place of real welcome for all.