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Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint | [Nadia Bolz-Weber]

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith.

Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.

Using life stories-from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers to surviving the wobbly chairs and war stories of a group for recovering alcoholics, from her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to pastoring a notorious con artist-Nadia uses stunning narrative and poignant honesty to portray a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way.

Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, this is the audiobook for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, and won't allow himself to be shunned by the church. In short, this audiobook is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.

©2013 Nadia Bolz-Weber (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Deborah SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 11-26-13
    Deborah SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    Have you just ever been really surprised by a book? I was on the fence about this book thinking it was perhaps too contrived...tattooed edgy pastor makes her mark in mainstream religious america, telling them what it's all REALLY about. Ohhhh...not so at all. She is brutally honest about her life and shortcomings. She is the real deal. And she talks about her relationship with Jesus and the Gospel in ways that bring it all to life. I have read this book twice and am on my third time. (I have NEVER read a book more than once...EVER). There are so many buried, insightful treasures in this book. We need more voices like hers to make Christianity relevant again in our times.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sonny 11-19-13
    sonny 11-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fabulous , Entertaining, Honest."

    All Christians don't look a like , act a like or worship a like , THANKS BE TO GOD.

    I am an Anglo Saxon wasp. A Southerner, no less. I am Episcopalian. I was born a Baptist and had parents just like Nadia ,that unlike the rest of the majority of their church didn't judge.
    I am 68. Straight , married,professional. God loves me too. He loves us all .
    If you think you don't fit the mold. GOOD NEWS ! You don't have to.

    Thank you Nadia , for your ministry, honesty, and being real.

    Sonny Craig


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edward West Point, NY, United States 11-17-13
    Edward West Point, NY, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Inspiring, thought-provoking, and edgy"

    Pastrix is an inspiring, thought-provoking, and edgy description of the Christian spiritual journey of Nadia Bolz-Weber, who is a Lutheran pastor and a nationally recognized figure in the Emerging Church (Liberal Christian) movement. Bolz-Weber clearly has a very fine mind and a remarkable personal spirituality that has survived her previous life as an alcoholic and standup comic, her scarred conservative church upbringing, and several years as a searching, lost soul. Bolz-Weber’s ministry is inherently dedicated to those suffering from addictions, or people with other life experiences such as non-traditional sexual orientations, abuse, poverty, etc. She is noticeably most comfortable with people from these backgrounds, and includes many interesting stories along these lines about both herself and her parishioners. Be ready for lots of swearing -- I can’t decide whether she consistently swears out of habit, to be provocative, to make herself more accessible to the downtrodden, or as a defense measure to prevent herself from becoming too normal. For those with bible-based or evangelical beliefs, be prepared for some controversial positions, but overall, this doesn’t appear to be a major agenda item for Bolz-Weber, who repeatedly attests to her great love of Christian liturgy. Towards the end, Bolz-Weber addresses the challenges, and ultimately the happy results, of her ministry intersecting with what society would refer to as normal people. She candidly describes her experiences (and current initial successes), but the story ends without being able to answer the question of whether the radical and liberal Christianity Bolz-Weber promotes can scale beyond the scope of her personal leadership and advocacy. The answer is probably, “If God wills it.” In conclusion, Jesus stated that the greatest commandments are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Bolz-Weber’s book is the story of an imperfect woman who with God’s grace is trying really hard to (and arguably succeeding at) living these commandments. I wish her God’s blessings and recommend the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie New Market, MD, United States 02-10-14
    Marie New Market, MD, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Real Estate Agent, enjoys reading/listening to true crime, suspense, some romance as well as books with inspiration.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pastrix to be better than the print version?

    I have not ready read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen Nadia in person and I find her to be "real" and that make some people uncomfortable but her story is true and a great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Austin, MN, United States 02-04-14
    Angie Austin, MN, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Pastrix in three words, what would they be?

    surprising, thoughtful, vulgar


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her husband. He seemed to have a pretty clear mind.


    What about Nadia Bolz-Weber’s performance did you like?

    It was her story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. We may have listened to a couple of chapters at a time. But then we needed to stop and talk about it or I would just need to think about what she had said.


    Any additional comments?

    I both liked and hated the book. There were things in it that I just could not agree with, and sometimes she was conflicting. However then there was other times that she would look at things differently so it would really stretch me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Mills Cobble Hill, British Columbia Canada 12-11-13
    Lynn Mills Cobble Hill, British Columbia Canada 12-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Listening again- back to back"
    Would you listen to Pastrix again? Why?

    This book is so real, so powerful that I am listening again immediately after finishing it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pastrix?

    Grace


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joshua boyd Las Vegas, NV 09-25-13
    joshua boyd Las Vegas, NV 09-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "So glad I found this author and this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Pastrix the most enjoyable?

    The content was great and the author reading the book herself made it very real and authentic.


    Which character – as performed by Nadia Bolz-Weber – was your favorite?

    Nadia


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I nearly did although part of my sitting was in my kitchen, part was in my car, part was on my patio and part was in Starbucks!


    Any additional comments?

    Amazingly honest and insightful. Great book for anyone seeking spiritual things!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Marina, CA, United States 10-28-13
    Elizabeth Marina, CA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Original and thought provoking"
    Would you listen to Pastrix again? Why?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an unconventional, thoughtful memoir. Reverend Bolz-Weber shares a life and faith journey that are hers alone, but offer lessons and insights for many of us. Christians who are comfortable with a simple, well-packaged and judgmental faith will not like this book. For those, both believers and non-believers, who struggle with the contradictions of life and belief, this is a fascinating book and well worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Lincoln, NE, United States 04-05-14
    Lydia Lincoln, NE, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is misleading


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nadia Bolz-Weber again?

    Never


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s performances?

    Never


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    God is good. Always.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed the author felt compelled to title herself. "God's Bitch". You can dress up trash but it is still trash. I am concerned many people will be mislead and I am sad that the author, who is so against stereotyping, did just that to me.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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