I loved reading this book! I felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop with the author as she honestly told me me about who she is, her journey from addiction to recovery and what led her to become a Lutheran pastor of a very unconventional congregation in Denver. Rarely have I read something from a Christian author that is as transparent, vulnerable and authentic as Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Her story is a refreshing gift for anyone with or willing to have an open mind to not only what she has to share but the earthy yet authentic way she tells it. If you are familiar with 12 step recovery meetings and know how raw and real the sharing can get at times, and how God’s loving presence is at times palpable in the midst of such meetings, reading Pastrix is much like that. If you are easily offended by or have difficulty getting past the use of profanity and graphic language, this could be a challenging book for you to read. Even so I encourage you to make an honest effort to read this powerful testimony about God’s mercy and redemptive love to the very end. Whether you are a Christian, skeptic, agnostic, seeker, from another faith tradition or simply spiritual, I am fairly confident you will appreciate Nadia’s story of hope, love, acceptance and redemptive healing.
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