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Cranky, Beautiful Faith
For Irregular (and Regular) People
by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
What an incredibly rich, honest and enjoyable book - one that is completely down to earth and bites with a wicked edge of satire that is almost entirely aimed at the reality of the author's own life but that resonates so strongly with pretty much everyone else I would think.
There is here no bland patina of do gooding, no cover over of self-help talk and smiley feel better faces that say God makes it all shiney, instead there is honesty and raw truth in the fact that we are all saints and sinners and coming to faith does not change this, that we ourselves are constantly a work in progress and that facing that truth is one of the hardest things we will ever do but in doing so we are set free indeed.
I loved this book, I can entirely understand why this book was a New York Times Bestseller (under the title Pastrix) because it contains within it all the things a book on faith needs to in order to meet a generation disenfrachised with it - it contains humour, honesty and insight without the overtone of holy roller but rather with the reality of misfit - something I think Jesus knew all about and that's why this book really does talk gospel for a doubting generation.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (16/11/13)