God said 'yes' to all our polite 'no thank yous' by rising from the dead. Death and resurrection. It is the Christian story as it has been told to me...and it has been confirmed in my experience
That's how Nadia Bolz-Weber summarizes the gospel in the opening pages of her book, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint. We'll be discussing her book and her thoughts at our next Pastor's Book Club on Sunday, August 10 @ Noon.
Like all three books* this summer, it is a witness to the surprising movement of God in people's lives.
This is not a book for everyone. The language alone will make it unreadable for some. If you get past the language, you are then confronted with the scandal of grace. I haven't read many books that talk about grace with this kind of raw honesty and disarming vulnerability. Did I mention that the book is full of humor, too?
We are not selling the book at church because you can buy it cheaper at some of the local bookstores (we would probably have to sell it in a plain brown wrapper if we did!). So it is not as easy to get (unless you download it to a tablet). But its worth it. For all the obstacles, it is one of the best books I have read in years. That's why it is one of the selections for the Pastor's Book Club and why I'm looking forward to discussing it on Sunday.
More than a book, I want to discuss the surprising ways God works in our lives. It is still about death and resurrection. God is still at work and the News is stil "Good", or Nadia puts it:
It’s about how God continues to reach into the graves we dig for ourselves and pull us out, giving us new life, in ways both dramatic and small.
*Last month we discussed Faith Unravelled by Rachel Held Evans. Next month we discuss Barbara Brown Taylor's book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.