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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.

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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September 11, 2013

This book is crazy awesome wonderful
Disclaimer: I'm writing from the perspective of a much-less-cool Lutheran pastor. The things Nadia does wouldn't work in my context, and I'm not into tattoos.

But see, this book isn't telling me I should be just like her. Pastrix has no magic bullets. No Superhero who thinks they're going to "save" the church. No "Hey I'm Pastor Perfect of Awesomesauce Church and if you only do what I do you can be like me." I hate those books. They're less useful than toilet paper. But this is not that book! This is a book about the joyful and heartbreaking work of being God's bitch. It's honest. It's real. It's amazing.

We may not all be able to write like Nadia does, or start our own congregations. But we can all learn from her honesty, her vulnerability, her willingness to speak the truth, her willingness to admit she doesn't have all the answers, and most of all her fiercely Lutheran theology. No glory, all cross. It's the most inspiring book I've read in a long time, maybe ever. I just can't say enough about it. BUY THIS BOOK!

September 20, 2013

Just O.K.
Unlike one of the reviewers above, I very much enjoy and appreciate memoirs. I particularly appreciate spiritual memoirs, whether they be Dorothy Day's "The Long Loneliness," Sara Miles' "Take This Bread" or Fr. Greg Boyle's "Tattoos on the Heart." I saw Nadia Bolz-Weber on the video podcast of her interview with Krista Tippett and decided to buy the book. Pastor Bolz-Weber articulates deep truths about the Christian life in a rather thin way. Her writing is o.k. but does not approach the depth and beauty of the aforementioned books. I am no prude. However, I found Pastor Bolz-Weber's swearing to be gratuitous and unnecessary. That she wanted to title the book, "God's B*tch" should give the reader a clue. Honestly, that kind of talk is more trashy than "real" and speaks more about our debased culture than of God's involvement with human suffering. I really wanted to like this book; however, I find that I cannot recommend it highly.

September 22, 2013

Wanted it to be great...
I like Nadia's sermons ok and while I disagree with much of her theology I am open minded and was interested in reading in her journey. I knew she cursed some but had no idea she used every curse word available and colorful language is fine but it is not always necessary and it detracts from thecontent in this book. At one point she calls herself "God's bitch" and it just sounded stupid. The stories are ok, they're not great, she is honest about her own failings which is the only refreshing part of the book. If you love Nadia then buy this book but if you are curious I would look elsewhere...

January 28, 2014

I found Bolz-Weber's depiction of her work in her downtown church to be more of a description of her powerful need to talk about herself and to make a special effort to impress the reader with her complete independence from the mores of society or the decency of the culture in which she exists. Her choice of vocabulary appears to be just more additional effort on her part to make all this very clear to the reader, namely, that she is in charge of the world around her and couldn't care less of what other people say, think or do.
In reality, some of her obscenity borders on the blasphemous. Having said all this, there are moments of poignancy which sort of give her a "pass". In the end, I don't believe Bolz-Weber is doing anyone a favor by writing and publishing this work.

February 25, 2016

Just what I needed
On a visit to Denver a few weeks ago, I picked up my daughter's copy of Pastrix . . . and couldn't put it down. (In spite of language you'd think Pastor Nadia might've outgrown by now.) As a Christian steeped in evangelical subculture from the womb, that label has grown increasingly itchy and uncomfortable for me over several decades, and it was not only refreshing to visit the Gospels and Jesus' parables through the eyes and experience of a cranky sinner/saint, but some of her insights had me in tears even before I'd finished my first cup of coffee. Yes, THAT Jesus. Grace. Mercy. Love. Forgiveness. Since we were in Denver, we decided to go to church at House for All Sinners and Saints. Pastor Nadia was there, tats and all, but a guest preached a short sermon during the very liturgical first-Sunday-of-Lent one-hour service. I found the liturgy rich and beautiful, full of the Gospel and Jesus-centered. But two things surprised and disappointed us: the congregation was very white (though diverse in many other ways). Other than the generic "passing of the peace," no one spoke to us, greeted us personally, asked who we were or where we were from or why we came--even though we were there a half an hour early and were the first ones there (besides the set-up folks). Too bad, since my daughter is gay, new to Denver, and searching for a gay-friendly and racially diverse church. The next day I continued reading Pastrix--and had to laugh. The chapter was "The Wrong Kind of Difference" and Nadia confessed how hard it was for her cranky self to welcome suburban folks who "looked like mom and dad," though she felt convicted that House for ALL meant "all"! Guess that's still a growing edge at HFASS. Now my husband is reading the book--and he keeps saying, "Wow." Hitting us both right where we need it.

April 22, 2014

I'm a conservative Christian and I say "Read this Book!"
A young gay couple came to my church on Easter Sunday. During our post-church potluck, one of them shared how they felt comfortable at our church. I said I hoped they felt welcomed, and she noted they did. It turns out that they have been asked to leave other churches.

My heart ached for them. They want to know our risen Savior, but instead of churches welcoming them into their own brokenness, churches stomp on them and piously claim that God hates homosexuality more than any other sin. (No one has been able to give me the Biblical reference on that...)

Intrigued by Nadia, I bought this book. But I put off reading it for a very long time because of some of the reviews that demonize her. Yet, after my encounter with the two young (married) ladies this week, I opened it.

I read, I hurt with Nadia and her congregants, I understood how broken they (we) all are, I wept, and I was chastised by God for the way that I, too, have focused on categorizing people than loving them.

But look at the genealogy of Jesus. It contains a prostitute from Jericho and a foreign woman who skulked in dark corners with a man to capture his hand in marriage. And as Nadia shares, Jesus first revealed his risen self to a woman who had her own share of brokenness.

God speaks to us in truth, but sometimes he uses a 2x4 to fully capture our attention. Nadia's book was the 2x4 I needed this week.

I strongly recommend you read this book, then spend time on your knees to know his heart and his love for his people.

December 29, 2013

Matthew 7:15
BEWARE! of the false prophets who come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

"Teachers" will be more acountable in God's eyes and God expects more from those HE has annointed to lead.
Hopefully, she is preaching the truth of God's unending love and the message isn't getting lost in her foul mouthed presentation.

March 25, 2015

You can tell she's 'one of us' cuz she has ...
You can tell she's 'one of us' cuz she has tattoos, swears a lot and has queer friends. Wow, guess it's safe to believe in Jesus now.

April 25, 2016

Nadia Bolz-Weber a False Prophet and NOT Lutheran by any means.
Nadia Bolz-Weber's message is not Lutheran by any stretch of the imagination. As a Lutheran, I find her message offensive to the Lutheran faith.

Nadia Bolz-Weber by her own words teaches a doctrine of Universalism which is not only anti-Lutheran it is anti-Christian as well. To quote her own words:

"I confess that I am a Christo-centric universalist. What that means to me is that, whatever God was accomplishing, especially on the cross, that Christological event, was for the restoration and redemption and reconciliation of all things and all people and all Creation – everyone. Whatever God was getting done there, that is for everyone." - Nadia Bolz-Weber (Religion&Politics July 2015)

>Exactly what god is she worshiping? Because it is not God of the Bible nor the Lutheran Catechism.

Nadia Bolz-Weber also takes it a step further in her deception with positions on the adoption of goddesses as part of Lutheran doctrine.
Again quoting her own words.
“Syncretism has always been part of Christianity. There’s a reason why the Virgin of Guadalupe is huge in Mexico, and it has to do with the goddess religion that existed before that. I don’t think it’s something to fear. I think it’s the way that Christianity has survived. It lends itself in a sense towards it. And that’s why it can exist in so many different places in so many different forms.” - Nadia Bolz-Weber (Religion&Politics July 2015)

>She indicates the adoption of a goddess as part of Christian doctrine? I think the first commandment in the Bible is pretty clear
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me" - Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7

Lastly, is her position on the Bible and Lutheran doctrine which I think her words again prove she is not Lutheran.

"I have no patience with Lutheran denomination. She says it is because she doesn't read the Bible in a ------ "literal way" ------- in fact, she calls such a reading idolatry." - Nadia Bolz Weber (Interview BBC July 2015)

As a Lutheran, you learn the Catechism then take an oath of commitment acknowledging that the Bible is the "Literal Word of God" and adhere to the doctrines the Lutheran Catechism as outlined by Martin Luther and the Book of Concordia from 1580.

Instead Nadia Bolz-Weber espouses that she is a Universalist (by your own admission) teaching a false doctrine built on secular modernistic theology which is not only wrong but most definitely NOT LUTHERAN by any way, shape, or
form. Nadia Bolz-Weber is deceiving people with false theology that amounts to blasphemy and a LIE calling herself a representative of Lutheran faith and doctrine.

We are not all forgiven because we are human as Nadia Bolz-Weber
says...we are forgiven when we realize our sins, our lack of faith, our
unworthiness before the eyes of God. We repent our actions and we can
only receive forgiveness by "grace alone through faith alone in Christ's
righteousness alone in the gospel." - Martin Luther

We achieve this as Martin Luther defines:
"(the Bible) is the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone
can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary
for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian
behavior must be measured. It is denied that any creed, council or individual may
bind a Christian's conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently
of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal
spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle
of revelation." - Martin Luther

Its quite simple Nadia Bolz Weber if you aren't going to honor your
commitments (oath) to GOD by the teaching of the Bible, the Lutheran
Catechism, and the tenants as defined by the Book of Concordia in
1580 then you need to


Nadia Bolz Weber is defined perfectly in scripture.
Matthew 7:15 - "Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."

October 2, 2015

It's ALL about her!
It's ALL about her! If/when Nadia comes to grips with the narcissistic core of this book, she might have a chance to enter into something more than an ego-based ministerial identity that, at the core, serves her own needs. The book pages scream "look at me" under the guises of "look at me looking at them" and fails to illuminate anything other than "it's about me!" Worth the time if you want a closer look at the self-centered pastor who honestly believes she is not who she really is.

August 23, 2014

Protestantism…your coffin awaits! Thank God!
Fine, I'll admit it - I find everything about this woman outrageously farcical. She, along with the entire brand of mainline Protestantism, represents the obvious and eventual historical obsolescence of Luther's theological worldview. Sure, Luther would have likely been scandalized by her crudity, her very presumption that she should even be a pastor, and her affirmation of what he would have also understood for being a life lived not in conjunction with the fact of one's so-called "justification in Christ." Not to mention, her proclivity for gimmickry, charades, and cool pop culturalism has to be the basest element of her routine. Protestantism is a joke to begin with, but this woman drags it deep down to the level of cheap theater. Having read some of her sermons, as well as certain exposes about her, I felt "justified" for not having the poor taste to get past the first chapter of this loathsome waste of time.

August 12, 2015

Too caught up in faddish hype.
Sorry - nothing extraordinarily terrible about this book - I just find overposed writers who unthinkingly buy into every fad to be missing something essential. Would I take a motorcycle ride with Bolz-Weber? Definitely. Would I engage in six-pack theology discussions with her? Joyfully. But in my experience, the persons who consistently provide a Christian example are those who care nothing about whether anyone thinks s/he is cool.

November 9, 2016

Same Old, Same Old
Predictable writing, of an out of control woman who found Jesus.Typical rhetoric of someone "outside the box", who can not agree with organized religion, so finds it necessary to create her own church with down and out followers, for the most part. The necsssity to be vulgar seems to be a transparent mask to attract and relate to her congregation. She openly admits that the few middle class followers were at first distracting, but good for their casseroles (and money!) I find her approach immature, and her role as pastor, more self satisfying for her.

August 23, 2014

I do not like vulgarity as a tool to define spirituality or to ...
Although the book has salient points and reflects the author's courage, strength and big heart for all, I do not like vulgarity as a tool to define spirituality or to allow easier access to the message of Jesus Christ. I think that an intelligent woman as Nadia Bolz-Weber has the vocabulary, creativity and understanding of language to connect with all audiences without detracting from her sincere message with the f-bombs on most pages-in my opinion, shock value is not needed to share the love of Christ.

October 24, 2014

Messy Christianity
People who grow up in a church sometimes don't get what the core of Christianity is. It's not about being nice; it's about being saved--saved from yourself, from your demons, from what others have done to you, often with the best of intentions. Nadia gets it. Though she grew up in a strict, religious home, she went about as far as one could in the opposite direction. And when she returned, via the recovery movement, and after a stint as a stand up comic, she found herself called not simply to follow Jesus but to be a pastor. These are her raw and beautiful thoughts on grace, delivered as unfiltered and uncensored as one of the prophets. This is a glimpse of the God who is love from one who knows the hell of being unloved and who founded the House of All Sinners and Saints for all the other misfit toys in the world.

July 13, 2018

Great Book!
What a surprise. Wonderfully contemporary and insightful tome. As a Seminary Graduate myself
I simply could not put this book down! Nadia hits hard various church issues in a no non-sense
formula that is truthful and wise. The narrative is confessional meaning she pulls no punches
on her own life journey which is compelling and forthright! I simply loved this book and could
not put it down. I read it in a couple of days. The theology in the book is spot on and makes
you think about contemporary issues from the standpoint of Jesus of Nazareth. The themes presented,
in my view, show where modern, progressive Christina values are heading. Things are changing, and
the 'ole' time religion of condemnation, self-righteousness, and harsh judgement, is falling away
in cultural consciousness. Bolz-Webber show us that God's plan is far different than anything
the modern Evangelical Movement can provide. This tome is simply and powerfully a Great Book
in every sense of the word.

July 23, 2014

Two Stars
A bit self-promoting. Language and theology are used dishonestly.

January 11, 2014

A sham
Poorly written, this autobiography of a "lost soul" searching for a religion that might give her some sense of meaning, was a great disappointment. Two stars was maybe too high of a rating.

March 30, 2017

Nadia Bolz Weber provides inspiration to use to expand your own spiritual journey, if you don't fear being bitch-slapped by God
This first book by Nadia Bolz Weber introduces readers to a unique and unusual woman of faith. You might find her story, language and appearance shocking. But she is "the real deal." A Christian theologian and Lutheran Pastor who lives her faith and is authentic about her journey. My husband had not read "Accidental Saints" for our church Book group first so he was shocked when he started Pastrix. But I think he eventually found her stories of tolerance and acceptance to hold a valuable message. For myself, I loved the way Weber approached the seasons of the Church year and the lessons of Jesus in the Gospels with creativity, vitality and enthusiasm.

March 10, 2016

There are some beautiful sentiments in this book
There are some beautiful sentiments in this book. It's open, honest, real. I gave it two stars because by the end I felt like the book became all about Nadia. I also felt the use of expletives was a little over the top. Not offensive to me, but it's a book, right? That stuff could be edited out and the message remain intact. I was close to giving it three stars. It's not a bad read, but not a great one either. I really wanted to love this book. If you're interested in this book, read it! If you aren't sure, skip it.

April 23, 2019

Even if you don’t feel like you belong, this book changes that. You belong.
As someone raised in the deep southern baptist realm of Texas my first 22 years of life and now approaching my 35th birthday, FINALLY words to put with the truth in my heart. I still have anger and forgiveness issues with the church and with my family. Frightened to open scriptures for over 10 years... BUT Nadia inspires me to look again. To be open. To know I still belong under the tent. I can’t say enough good things about this book - raw, real, honest, and exactly what I have been searching for. She is a real soul sister and I hope one day I can have her sign my book - this was the book that encouraged me to start opening up to the idea that scripture has more to say than what the preacher man I grew up with had to say.

February 15, 2016

earthy and fun
Honest reflextion of life from the bottom to the acceptance of Christ, and becoming a Lutheeran inclusive Pastor. Honest, earthy and fun reading

July 25, 2016

Two Stars
Terrible writing. Interesting story.

August 27, 2018

I was so excited to read this book! It is irreverent yet full of soft love. The author, Nadia Bolz-Weber, describes herself as an unlikely minister. People tire her. She likes to be left alone, yet she is called to minister to those who would otherwise probably be unchurched.

The book was exciting to read until the end. I felt as if it could have ended about fifty pages sooner. Also, there were times when it seemed like the author was too proud of all her church accomplishments. However, she readily admits that pride is one of her downfalls.

This book is full of crass, unfiltered love. It is rough around the edges, as if the author. The language is that of a foul-mouthed sailor. If that offends you, why do you want to read this book? Let me point out that I am not nearly as liberal as the author is, but I have much respect for her. You can easily have a different opinion and still enjoy this book. I simply loved it. I recommend it.

September 8, 2014

A Church of Christ Review
Not very often can you read a book about a former church of Christ member, from a congregation in the area, who became a Lutheran Pastor. I would say that this is very rare. But this is what this book is about. There is a lot of shock and awe in this book. Probably this was to be expected since the picture on the book is her, with numerous tattoos. The book will make you uncomfortable at time, and it is hard to get pass it sometimes. But at the end of the day, her stories, and her lessons are wonderful. This is a book that will challenge your idea of the kingdom. You will probably disagree with her, and probably should on the limits of those within the kingdom, but the way she thinks is much different than the way I think. But every now and then, I stopped reading, and I am thankful for her, and what she is trying to do, and in the same breath, I feel that she is wrong about so much. But one area, that I cannot argue is her desire for God to be involved in everyone’s life. With everything wrong with this book, at the end of the day, it was a great read. Some of her lines are powerful. The one about the God who came out of the grave to help us with self made graves is good. There is some biographical information, and a lot of the book are thoughts on various sections of verses. Her insights are interesting, outside of the box, but I guess I enjoy being challenged. It is interesting because one of my friends knows her. There is much bitterness towards her church of Christ past, but what is interesting is that these people could not be forgiven, though all others could, but she has made peace with her past according to my friend. Some journeys you are not sure you should have taken, but sometimes after you are done, you are glad you walked there.

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