The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of A Sinner & Saint

Book - 2013
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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 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. -- From publishers description.
Publisher: New York : Jericho Books, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781455527083
Branch Call Number: 284.135 BOLZ-WEBER
Characteristics: xviii, 206 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 13, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reinforces my belief that God meets us and loves us wherever we are. This is not a book for those who aren't open to a God who loves everyone and who can't handle some profanity as a form of self expression. I was uplifted by this read.

Aug 27, 2016

I read Accidental Saints first and loved it, so then I read the author's earlier memoir. I enjoyed them both very much, though perhaps enjoyed Accidental Saints a bit more. The author is blunt and direct and honest, which I greatly appreciate. Nadia Bolz-Weber has a unique voice and is well worth hearing/reading, whether you are religious or not.

Mar 07, 2016

"Pastrix: the cranky, beautiful faith of a sinner and Saint" by Nadia Bolz-Weber had bits I really liked but, as a memoir, had bits I wasn't so fond. Narcissism is the darkness of memoirs. Too often the spotlight is centred on Bolz-Weber when it could have been fruitfully turned on others. I wish I could see Bolz-Weber through the eyes of others. Instead, this is Bolz-Weber's story as told by Bolz-Weber. I wished for more.

Nov 05, 2013

Please get an e-version of this book!


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Mar 19, 2014

A Lutheran pastor writes about life, her
congregation and wonders about what
it means to be a Christian.


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