"Nothing gives church folk anxiety quite like the subject of sex. And that's why in Shameless, Pastor Nadia sets out to reclaim the conversation for a new generation. In the spirit of Martin Luther, Bolz-Weber calls for a reformation of the way believersunderstand and express their sexuality. To make her case, Bolz-Weber draws on experiences from her own life as well as her parishoners', then puts them side by side with biblical narrative and theology to explore what the church has taught and about sex,and the harm that has often come as a result. Along the way, Bolz-Weber reexamines patriarchy, gender, and sexual orientation with candor but also with hope--because, as she writes, "I believe that the Gospel can heal the pain that even the church has caused." As with her previous books, Bolz-Weber offers an honest, affirming and intellectually robust experience on the pages that speak to skeptic and believer alike"-- - (Baker & Taylor)
The best-selling author of Pastrix and Accidental Saints draws on parishioner testimonies to challenge outdated Christian views about sex, gender and the human body, counseling readers on how to draw on biblical theology to find healing and forgiveness. - (Baker & Taylor)
Explores the Christian obsession with sex and how the church's historical teachings on sex have been harmful. - (Baker & Taylor)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER &; Raw, intimate, and timely&;a no-holds-barred celebration of our bodies that flies in the face of antiquated ideas about sex and gender.
&;A triumph.&;&;Glennon Doyle &; &;One of the most important, life-changing books I&;ve ever read.&;&;Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired
Negative messages about sex come from all corners of society: from the church, from the media, from our own families. As a result, countless people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment. In this instant bestseller, Nadia Bolz-Weber unleashes her critical eye and her vulnerable yet hopeful soul on the harmful conversations about sex that have fed our shame.
Bolz-Weber offers no simple amendments or polite compromises. Instead, this modern-day reverend calls for an inclusivity that empowers us to be loyal to people and, perhaps most important, ourselves. &;Christianity is not a program for avoiding mistakes,&; she writes. &;It is a faith of the guilty.&; With an alternative understanding of Scripture passages that have been weaponized against Christians for decades, Bolz-Weber reminds us that sexual flourishing can and should be for all genders, all bodies, and all humans. She shares stories, poetry, and Scripture that wage war on perpetual anxiety around sex by celebrating sexuality in all its forms and recognizing it for the gift that it is.
If you&;ve been mistreated, confused, angered, and/or wounded by shaming sexual messages, this one is for you. - (Random House, Inc.)