Book Review: Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints

Screen Shot 2020-09-05 at 9.31.04 PM.pngHoly Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints by Daneen Akers instantly became my new favorite children’s book from the moment I read the first pages!

Like Akers, I have been yearning for better and more diverse books to help shape my son’s understanding of faith expressed through the lives of unrecognized, underrepresented, and marginalized groups including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and Indigenous people. Unlike Akers, I don’t have to create these resources for my son because she has already graced the world with this beautiful compilation of inspiring and entertaining narratives of holy troublemakers and unconventional saints, both ancient and contemporary. While it may be a few more years before my son is old enough to read these pages himself (written for ages 8+), he already loves the colorful illustrations!

Whether you identify as a progressive Christian or just want to expand your children’s (and your own!) understanding of what constitutes holy and righteous activity in the world, you won’t find a better starting point for provoking thoughtful conversation about big questions of love and justice than this book. I can’t wait to read it again!


Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints Website



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About Laura K. Cavanaugh

I'm a writer, spiritual director, and advocate of holistic body theology.

Posted on September 5, 2020, in Book Reviews, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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