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Outrageous, rich, and remarkable, Pastrix turns spiritual memoir on its ear in this sardonically irreverent and beautifully honest page-turner. 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 book 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 book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.

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"Bolz-Weber (Salvation on the Small Screen?) has such a distinctive voice and outlook, it's amazing she hasn't written more books. Perhaps it's because she's been too busy living the checkered and fascinating life that is the subject of her theological memoir. She was a standup comic and an alcoholic before getting sober and becoming a Lutheran pastor and founder of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Bolz-Weber narrates that transformation, larding her story with theology and plenty of truck-driver language. She's honest about her past and her present: it's easy to love tattooed transgender hipsters but not so easy to welcome suburban spiritual seekers. Cranky is a fair self-description, but Bolz-Weber's sardonic humor (her blog is called Sarcastic Lutheran) covers many sins. Here's hoping her authentic voice continues to preach in more books. Agent: Greg Daniel, Daniel Literary Group. (Sept.10)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado. She's a leading voice in the emerging church movement and her writing can be found in The Christian Century and Jim Wallis' God's Politics blog. She is author of Salvation on the Small Screen?: 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the "Sarcastic Lutheran."

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Melinda Ott, December 30, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
I had been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it. Unfortunately, my library is not carrying it and, finally, I broke down and ordered a Kindle copy and started reading it as soon as it landed on my device. Now, that I'm finished, I have a jumble of thoughts about this book.

Let me start with the positive. Nadia Bolz-Webber has an incredible story to tell--and it is a fun one to read. As a former stand-up comic, her sense of humor shines through and her prose is addictive. She does, however, talk like a drunken sailor at times. This is not a criticism, and it didn't bother me--but I would not recommend this book to anyone who has a low tolerance for profanity.

I admire what Bolz-Webber and her congregation are doing. True inclusiveness is hard to find--and Bolz-Webber may not have fully succeeded on that point, but she and her church are closer than most. Oh, and "Operation Turkey Sandwich" is outright genius! I really admire her ability to accept those that other churches would reject and I think that we could all take a lesson from her.

But...

Here's the thing...as accepting as Bolz-Webber is of some groups, she is equally not accepting of other groups. She makes no secret of the fact that she thinks that anyone who does not believe as she does is just wrong. For all her tolerance, she can be very intolerant. She almost lost me when she started on a tirade against the LCMS (I've attended both ELCA and LCMS churches and my current church is LCMS. In my experience, I've seen very little difference between the two other than the ordination of women, which I support although I understand why the LCMS does not). Whenever she is given a chance, she will make a dig at a group that she considers beneath her.

To be fair, it says right in the title that she's cranky. And in one of the last chapters, she confronts the fact that she was not comfortable with the "wrong element" (clean-cut professionals) in her church. But many times she writes with I would consider hatred from a point of authority and it undermines many of the positive aspects of her message.

So, where did this book ultimately put me? Well, I'm glad I read it and I enjoyed at least a majority of it. I would not recommend it nilly-willy. For one thing, it is not for the easily offended. I think it is also not for someone who is not familiar with Christianity as I'm afraid that her views would be taken as "gospel truth." However, for those who don't fall into those groups and who are discerning enough to separate her message from her language, I would recommend Pastrix.
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9781455527083
Author:
Bolz-Weber, Nadia
Publisher:
Jericho Books
Subject:
Recovery and Addiction - Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bolz-Weber (Salvation on the Small Screen?) has such a distinctive voice and outlook, it's amazing she hasn't written more books. Perhaps it's because she's been too busy living the checkered and fascinating life that is the subject of her theological memoir. She was a standup comic and an alcoholic before getting sober and becoming a Lutheran pastor and founder of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Bolz-Weber narrates that transformation, larding her story with theology and plenty of truck-driver language. She's honest about her past and her present: it's easy to love tattooed transgender hipsters but not so easy to welcome suburban spiritual seekers. Cranky is a fair self-description, but Bolz-Weber's sardonic humor (her blog is called Sarcastic Lutheran) covers many sins. Here's hoping her authentic voice continues to preach in more books. Agent: Greg Daniel, Daniel Literary Group. (Sept.10)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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