Bolz-Weber is just genius. She finds things in parts of the word that I never would have interpreted that way but then make so much sense. My favorite was the Advent list. There are so many things I would love for Jesus to steal like a thief in the night. I feel like part of my daily work is trying my best discard them.
There are many more examples of ways that she strives to live the word. That's the best way that I can describe that lifestyle and it's something I need to work on. I have to admit, too, that I feel like this message was made easier for me than some, courtesy of Brene Brown because it requires us to be vulnerable.
Everything here, this is what I want at my church. It's not just her genius way of looking at scripture but the way scripture makes her look at people. The vulnerability. The healing. That perfect is neither required nor is a perfect image desired but that we will take all of each person, no matter how awful you feel you are or how much you don't think you deserve it. I've had it before but I had to move. I'm looking for it again. I hope her ideas and her look at what scripture means in our lives continue to flourish. I hope it finds everyone that needs it and I hope that we can revitalize Christianity with this vision of religion and what it means to follow Christ.
This is one of those books that I wish I could just recommend to everyone but fear that not everyone is ready for it at the same time. Also, not everyone is Christian. But if you are or even if you were raised that way and rejected it or if you aren't sure what Christianity is all about, than read this one. Not everyone will agree with me, but I firmly believe that this is what Christianity is supposed to be about and not necessarily things like tithing and guilt.