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

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

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

Now a New York Times bestseller, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455527069
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 120,068
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Nadia Bolz-Weber is a New York Times bestselling author and 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" blog on Patheos.

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Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no tattoos, I don't know any gay people, and I like a traditional church service. My daughter recommended this book. She has been talking about this radical Lutheran FEMALE pastor for years. I read this book start to finish in one evening. Nadia is funny, often outrageous, self-deprecating, and incredibly spiritual.... and I wish I could meet her. She challenges the every day "religious right" ideas that so many of us grew up with. This book is about being the odd ball, and finding love and acceptance, not just from God, but from people who love you, JUST as YOU are. Abundant Grace. What an idea! Read this and have an open mind. You might just want to become a Lutheran.
blisschick More than 1 year ago
Real, raw, funny. This is a book that makes you chuck the answers you've always heard from the churchy people. Nadia's open and crankypants wrestling matches with faith end with realizations that make you catch your breath. Prepare to remove assumptions and start believing that grace is waiting for you. 'Cuz we're all sinners and saints, truly.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
I've followed Nadia Bolz-Weber's blog (Sarcastic Lutheran) and listened to her sermons online for a few years now. Sarcastic Lutheran fans will feel right at home with this new memoir, but if you aren't already familiar with Nadia Bolz-Weber... A heads up: A lot of the ideas in Pastrix are not going to mesh well with socially conservative evangelical Christians (and definitely not with fundamentalists) unless they approach the book with an open mind and desire to really hear another perspective. Also, the language in the book is not for the faint of heart! There is a good bit of swearing. Bolz-Weber doesn't put on a sanitized, "holy" persona just because this is a spiritual memoir and she is a pastor. She is who she is, and she isn't afraid to tell it like she sees it. My mind was ignited while reading Pastrix. I highlighted so much, it could supplement my copy of Luther's Small Catechism. But my heart was touched, too. There were beautiful moments that brought me to tears (especially when she discussed having to write a sermon after the Aurora movie theater shooting). I love that Bolz-Weber voices tough questions and works through them even when there may be no answer, and that she can admit it when she simply doesn't know. She understands what it is about Christianity that so many people find hurtful. She understands the things that cause people to feel wary or mistrustful of the church, or piss them off completely. Bolz-Weber's insights are frank, often outrageously honest, and most certainly unique. What I found most refreshing was her boldness and transparency. Each chapter opens with a verse or two from Scripture. By the end of the chapter, the relevance and truth of those verses in Bolz-Weber's life have unfolded in surprising ways. Pastrix is about finding faith, beauty, and good in the most unlikely circumstances. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
PhilosopherBob More than 1 year ago
I had read several reviews of this book and they all missed the mark. This is an account of one person's struggle with faith. It is inspirational as well as enlightening. Like the author I am a Lutheran and her concept of God's grace is well-stated. Her Christian faith is from "being in the trenches" and should be a wake-up call to all who candy-coat their religion. I highly recommend this.
PaulH More than 1 year ago
Pastrix is a gritty account of a flawed woman’s spiritual awakening. It is sometime vile, sometime crude, sometime profane, but always entertaining.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
There are books written so well that it seems the author is setting across from you, sharing a warm beverage while having a wonderful conversation. There is transparency, rebuke, acceptance, with many aside discussions – all the things that make a “chat” into a conversation – are present and the Moment is grand.  That is the kind of flow Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber brings to this humorous, lively, theologically (sound but) challenging (to some) autobiography of how a girl, reared in a Fundamentalist Church of Christ, became an alcoholic, got sober and became “a heavily tattooed, swears like a truck driver” founding pastor of House of All Sinners & Saints, an Evangelical Lutheran Church where those who rejected by other churches and most of society are celebrated.  Her story may sound like a testimony presented by an Evangelist in a tent revival, but I can assure you it is not. Rev. Bolz-Weber is splendidly open about herself throughout this book.  She owns being “cranky,” “if (she) has to be nice to three people in a row, (she) needs a nap,” her default response to ANYONE is such that I cannot quote it here, “it doesn’t stay there as long as it used to, but that is still where I start.” What she shares in this book is the power of walking in who one is, how that is the best (only) way God can use anyone, everyone has worth and gifts needed by those around them.  Her openness about herself, her hopeful cynicism about humanity grouped with the commitment to follow her “calling” to lovingly pastor “her people,” make this one of the most formidable books I have read in a long time. I was shocked by the language she uses in this book, but she admits early that this is how she talks.  I was awed by her ability to share her heart and reach people where they are.  I was almost persuaded to become Lutheran and move to Denver after reading this book.  I realized, after reflecting and talking with my best friend, one of the messages of this book is for the readers to stand in the “place” God has placed them, in the strength they have and do what is before them.   I laughed frequently as I read this book.  Her words are so true, her assessment so accurate and wit so sharp that I could do nothing but giggle.  I also cried a lot; her honestly sharing her pain, her struggles in Pastoring a church of hurting people and her compassion felt so close that tears were the only recourse.  This is a book easily read in a weekend, a day if one has that much time.  It is also a book that will offend a lot of people: Church folk for her language and some of her Theology, non-church folk for challenging every reason ever uttered for not being a part of a Faith Group, Atheists for her being unable “to pull (atheism) off,” pretty much anyone who reads this book will be offended at some point.  Thankfully, they will be faced with much to celebrate within its pages: the needs of the sick are attended to, the hungry are fed, the outcast are welcomed, those imprisoned will be shown freedom.  Those who read will also glimpse the beauty that rests with all who are Sinners and Saints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You've got to love a pastor who opens her memoir with a 4-letter word! :) While at first glance - and even early in her life (which she recounts here) - Nadia Bolz-Weber is the last person you would think would be a pastor, let alone a Lutheran pastor (she reclaims the almost always derogatory "Pastrix" in a bold way!), as you delve into this at times touching and at times funny but always human memoir, you see that she's also a deeply spiritual person. One who embraces the questions and contradictions that a life of faith provides. One who acknowledges her humanity and that a church is a collection of individuals that WILL let you down, that will hurt your feelings. And yet for so many of us, that same community can be a place we call home. Highly recommend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking, sad, inspirational, authentic and funny. I did not always agree with NBW. But, I loved reading her take.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pastrix is a beautiful, and wittingly obscene memoir of a shepherd who has found her flock. Nadia shakes up the champagne bottle and blows the cork off of the erroneous belief that only saintly people find God. She exposes the sinner in herself as she inks her transgressions into every page and reveals how she could not drink herself nor run away from God's redeeming love. Nadia shares her metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. Though, I am sure she would say she is a mere moth still evolving. Martin Luther says: "Faith is living, daring confidence in God's grace...". Nadia daringly exposes herself to show how God's grace continues to work through and in her. This book is a must read for anyone who feels they are not worthy of God's love, for every outcast and for everyone continuing to metamorphosis into a child of God. We all have a mirror to hold up to ourselves and Nadia holds hers up to share with the world. I cannot thank her enough for standing as Joan of Arc did and not being dissuaded by the naysayers who tried to give the term Pastrix a bad connotation. Nadia can be my Pastrix any day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much Nadia. I cannot begin to say how touched I was by this book. I only picked it up because of all the buzz I keep hearing about it on Twitter and seeing reviews on-line. I left the church years ago because I was tired of all the facade and pretence and hypocrisy. Nadia gives me hope that things are changing and that it is ok to be real and speak truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most offensive and disagreeable yet amazing and convicting memoirs I have ever read. A great reminder that you find God present in the most unlikely places and that God continues to use people I disagree with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book knowing full well that it would be remarkable and it did not disappoint. It was difficult to put down until the finish and I was left with a feeling that this story is just the beginning. Nadia Bolz-Weber has a gift that she skillfully and plainly offers to God in a fashion that calls to all of us, marginalized and mainstream alike. She makes the Gospel live in a way that is deeply felt and transmitted to all who hear. I cannot fathom who would not be blown away by her incredible gift of making God real.
220AvidReader More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, but most of all it made me think of my own journey. Thank you.
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This is a genuine, straight-forward, and inspiring story! It affirmed and challenged my own faith journey.
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EM46 More than 1 year ago
Thank-you, for writing this book Nadia!
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Pastrix is a breathtaking look at faith and has allowed me to begin living into who I really am instead of who everyone tells me I should be. Nadia's story has opened up a world to me that I have been living in and didn't realize it but am feeling called to be in relationship with. Thank you, Nadia for your honesty and frankness in telling you story.
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What a thrilling read!  This book has it all.  Sex, booze, drugs, betrayal, love and the Grace of God.  It is the proverbial page turner.  Buy this book and support your local Pastrix.