CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s Pastor Nancy Kraft has released her new spiritual memoir, “Threads: Pulling Meaning from the Tangled Mess.”

threads_kraftMore than simply recounting events from her past, Kraft pulls meaning from her experiences all within the context of her relationship with God, often drawing from the biblical story to “inform her own story.”

Kraft is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In 2014, she was a plaintiff in the legal case that brought marriage equality to same-sex couples in North Carolina. That same year she was honored by Charlotte Pride as their Outstanding Ally.

She is a self-proclaimed “meaning-maker” who is always sifting through the tangled mess of her life to find threads of understanding. That tangled mess includes the trauma of viewing her father’s corpse when she was six years old, a disastrous marriage to a bigamist and pastoring a congregation committed to supporting LGBT individuals in the buckle of the Bible Belt.

“Threads” follows Kraft as she struggles through her sometimes naïve mistakes and learns the power of forgiving herself, embracing community, and choosing to love instead of judge. Tackling topics like homophobia, racism, and atheism, the book paints a grace-drenched portrait of what it means to be authentically human as it inspires readers to examine their own life stories for the deeper meaning they hold.

The book is available in softcover at $12.99 and on Kindle at $7.99 on


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