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
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.
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.
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.
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I have not ready read the print version.
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.
surprising, thoughtful, vulgar
Her husband. He seemed to have a pretty clear mind.
It was her story.
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.
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.
This book is so real, so powerful that I am listening again immediately after finishing it.
The content was great and the author reading the book herself made it very real and authentic.
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!
Amazingly honest and insightful. Great book for anyone seeking spiritual things!
I'm in seminary, I'm a progressive religious person, I'm female, I have tattoos. I loved the depth, imagery, and humor of this book. As a future minister, I always appreciate a look into the lives of my colleagues.
I highly recommend this book! Rev. Bolz-Weber reads her work well.
Elementary special education aide, finishing my credential in elementary education with an added authorization in reading and computers
While some call her a passing fad, I believe that Nadia Bolz-Weber is going to be the next voice for a generation of lost souls. As a man who was kicked out of his church for being gay, I admire Nadia and her congregation for having open arms and open minds. One of the best books I think I own.
This profane book is not actually irreverent, but a deeply faithful spiritual memoir. I avoided this book until people I respect kept loving it. I thought it would be all about the author, which is fair enough for a memoir, but this book is really all about Jesus
Pastrix is also about the struggles of a pastor and church planter to try to faithfully lead her quirky flock, which I resonated with as a fellow church planter. Beyond this, the theme is grace and in every chapter Pastrix is about the struggle to follow Jesus in the real world.
Comparing it to Augustine's Confessions may seem a little much, but they both are so affecting for the same reason as in each a pastor is looking back on his and her life in wonder at the grace of a loving God.
To say this book is not for everyone is to put it mildly. Yet, this honest account by a Lutheran pastor who does not hold back will be the exact book for many people who find nothing in Christian section of a bookstore that speaks to their lives
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