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Shameless
A Sexual Reformation
By (author): Nadia Bolz-Weber
9781601427588 Hardcover English General Trade RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies Jan 29, 2019
$34.00 CAD
Active 5.72 x 8.52 x 0.81 in 224 pages 5 PIECES OF ART Convergent Convergent Books
From the New York Times bestselling author of Pastrix and Accidental Saints

Raw, intimate, and timely, Nadia Bolz-Weber’s latest book offers a full-blown overhaul of our harmful and antiquated ideas about sex, gender, and our bodies.

Her: “Why do you think the church has tried for so long to control human sexuality?”

Him: “Maybe the church has always seen sex as its competition.”

Christians are obsessed with sex. But not in a good way. For nearly two thousand years, this obsession has often turned destructive—inflicting pain, suffering, and guilt on countless people of all persuasions and backgrounds. In Shameless, Bolz-Weber calls for a reformation. To make her case, she offers experiences from her own life and stories from her parishoners alongside biblical theology to explore what the church has taught and the harm those teachings have caused. Along the way, she reexamines patriarchy, sex, and power with candor but also with hope, because in her heart she believes the “Gospel is powerful enough, transgressive enough, and beautiful enough to heal not only the ones who have been hurt but also those who have done the hurting.”

This is by far Bolz-Weber’s most personal book yet, revealing intimate and emotional details about her life while offering a reading experience that is as entertaining and affirming as it is intellectually robust and liberating. For anyone who has been harmed by the shaming sexual messages so prevalent in religion, this book is for you.

MEDIA APPEAL: Nadia has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition, the American Conservative, the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, CNN.com, Christian Century, Orange County Register, The Guardian and The Daily Mail (UK), The Drudge Report, The Blaze, Publishers Weekly, and Fox Radio Network, among other hits.

SOCIAL MEDIA REACH: 109k fans on Facebook; 61k+ followers on Twitter. A video post for The Nines is at 700k reposts after one week. She blogs regularly at Cranky Lutheran, hosted by Patheos, and on her church website (houseforall.org), and contributes to godspolitics.com and sojo.net.

PLATFORM AND NETWORK: The author and Rachel Held Evans have sponsored three Why Christian women’s conferences—the location for 2018 was Durham, NC. A favorite at The Moth, Nadia has spoken at the Nantucket Project, Wild Goose, Greenbelt (UK), and toured Australia. She is closely connected with Brian McLaren, Sara Miles, Rachel Held Evans, Glennon Melton, Krista Tippett, Jim Wallis, and Sarah Bessey.

NADIA BOLZ-WEBERfirst hit the New York Times list with her 2013 memoir—the bitingly honest and inspiring Pastrix followed by the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Accidental Saints (2015). A former stand-up comic and recovering alcoholic, Nadia is the founder and former pastor of a Lutheran congregation in Denver, House for All Sinners and Saints. She speaks at colleges and conferences around the globe, and has been featured in BBC World Service, The Washington Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, More Magazine, The Daily Beast, and more. In June, Nadia began a partnership with MAKERS to create a life lessons series called “Have A Little Faith” with videos such as “Forgive Assholes,” “The Devil=Your Inner Critic,” “Blessed Are the Unemployed,” and “Unimpressive and Underrepresented.”

Author Residence: Denver, CO

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Author Website: nadiabolzweber.com

Author Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn

Shameless is a triumph. Nadia Bolz-Weber returns to readers the gift toxic religion and consumer culture stole: the gift of sexuality. Her wisdom is unparalleled, her vulnerability touching, her storytelling masterful, and her perspective both ancient and fresh. Shameless will give its readers their joy, relationships, and freedom back.”
—Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller LOVE WARRIOR, founder and president of Together Rising
 
Shameless is one of the most important, life-changing books I’ve ever read. Expertly-crafted and lovingly delivered, it serves as both a bomb and a balm—blowing up the lies religion teaches about sex and tenderly healing the wounds those messages have inflicted. Pastoral and prophetic, Shameless weaves together history, theology, biblical studies, personal narrative, and sex ed, without ever losing sight of its most important aim—honoring the dignity of actual human beings living actual, messy and beautiful lives. It’s Nadia Bolz-Weber’s best book yet. And that’s saying something.”
—Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired
 
“If the conversation around sex in the Church has felt like a small, cramped room to you, brace yourself: Nadia Bolz-Weber is about to kick in the door, hustle you outside, and burn down the room as you march out into the fresh air. This irreverent, bold, and authentic book is deeply centered in love and the transforming goodness of God. If ever there was a time for the Church to disrupt the world’s broken notions around sex, gender, masculinity, and power with this sort of a shameless reformation, it is now. And Nadia is the loving, hopeful, wise, take-no-prisoners disruptor we’ve been waiting for.”
—Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts

 
“Nadia has an amazingly faith-filled way to say good things in a hard way and hard things in a good way. She does it again with one of our most wounding, dangerous, and needed subjects—Christian gender and sexual teaching! This will heal many.”
—Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, author of Falling Upward

 
“Nadia Bolz Weber returns with her page-turning, vulnerable storytelling, this time with her sights set squarely on purity culture. She unravels the problematic, toxic frameworks around sexuality – the burden of which many of us still carry today – and offers us the freedom we need to say no to shame. If you know Nadia’s work, you know that she is fearless. In Shameless, we all benefit from her bravery.”
—Austin Channing Brown, author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

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