Cranky, Beautiful Faith is a book of reality and honesty – of leadership, of church life and of faith itself. It is a narrative of Nadia’s life, her battles, her faith and the life of House of All Sinners and Saints, what the back cover blurb describes as a “mission church” in Denver.
It covers Nadia’s background, her call to ministry when she knew she was being called to be a ‘Pastor to her People’ – such an amazing and powerful call – and the journey that ensues.
Each chapter is as well as part of the story of the church, an illustration of a bible passage, something that seems to just follow naturally. It is totally honest, gutsy and inspiring. Nadia is not afraid to share the struggles of growing a church – and the reality of the failures. Throughout there is an honesty of her own battles of emotions of what she’s feeling and what she knows she should think, and the work God is doing in her. This offered me both encouragement and hope!
This book is inspiring and a real vision for how church can and should be – a place of real welcome for all.