Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber


By Nadia Bolz-Weber

  • Publication Date: 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 84 Ratings)

Book Summary

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.

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Latest Reviews

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber is so real!

    By shoot61
    THIS is how I see Jesus and THIS is how I FINALLY have the freedom to live in my own Jesus Journey.
  • Good read....

    By Touright
    Being a pastor myself I found my self having been in similar situations. It was very real feelings of a pastor in the midst of what we call life. Very enjoyable. I will continue to use a number if her "quick prayers" IE: Lord help me not be an a*#+=|e . Ver enjoyable read for all!
  • Brutally honest, touching, and funny!

    By Mugsy681
    I wasn't expecting this, and I'm so glad I picked it up! Nadia's willingness to be vulnerable and incredibly human with her audience grants so much power to her writing. I feel like a better person for having read this work. Thank you Nadia! Maggie Mayfield Denver, CO
  • A good word in due season!

    By Mecdrn
    Wow, what love provoking words and scenario's. I,too,was also saddened that it had an ending! I know this is something I will read again and again to keep me in good focus and reminded. Nadia, you are amazing! Thank you for listening, following, having the guts to keep on keeping on and mostly for sharing! Life changing and thought redirecting. Maria DeFeo
  • Compassionate Christianity Apparently Exists

    By DrKate aka The Rock Doctor
    Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber is my kind of spiritual leader. Absent the tattoos and her courage to stand before crowds and speak the truth, she and I have much (too much?) in common. As my own darkness has led me to find light, she has written the first Christian book I have been able to stomach. I thought only the Buddhists believed in the sort of Grace described here, but the door of finding a compassionate and inclusive Christianity has just been nudged ajar.
  • A must read...

    By Sandbox5
    I had the pleasure of hearing Nadia Bolz-Weber speak at The Wild Goose Festival this year. (Awesome…check it out) I loved her! I picked up a pre-release copy of this book there. She is everything you could ask for in the face of the new Christianity. She is real, she is honest and has "the past" to back up the fact there is hope for all of us. She tells us her story and reminds us again and again that God has a sense of humor. He also chose to share it with her. This is a quick read because you won't want to put it down. I really wanted to read it with a highlighter in hand but my hubby wanted to read it after me! If you have questioned "where do I fit?" or "do I fit at all?", pick up a copy of this book. You won't regret it.