Part memoir, part collection of meditations, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint was written by the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, founder of Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints Church, and rising star in preaching circles, especially in what is known as “the Emerging Church.”
Despite being raised by deeply loving, conservative Church of Christ parents, when she left home, Bolz-Weber fell away from church and into dangerous behaviors—but never fell away from Jesus. Years later, newly sober, she met a fellow volleyball player who happened to be a Lutheran seminary student. He invited her to his church. She fell in love with his church—and with him. She married him, entered seminary herself, was ordained, stayed sober, had two children, and founded a Lutheran parish intended for those not usually welcome in more conservative churches.
Bolz-Weber’s penchant for four-letter words and her book’s cover photo will give some readers pause. But she’s the real deal, albeit in a distinctive wrapping. Steeped in Scripture and theology, she praises a God of unlimited love “revealed in Jesus Christ, who became flesh and walked among us full of grace and truth and who is so for us and with us that he would go to the grave on our behalf.” Like her chosen patron, Mary Magdalene, Bolz-Weber is a witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and she is eager to share that with us all.