Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (New York: Jericho Books, 2013)
It is no surprise that Nadia Bolz-Weber has garnered the attention of those interested in the emerging church movement. She has provided leadership for a unique congregation and bridged the gap between traditional liturgy and those who have often been marginalized, if not outright shunned, by some congregations. Her capacity to carry a message of grace to those who find themselves on the fringes of society is a living testament to the power of the Gospel.
She is also, quite simply, a good writer and effective storyteller. This book is an easy read, but it is not devoid of depth and plenty of opportunity to question traditional understandings and approaches to congregational life. Bolz-Webber has become a spokesperson for the emerging church movement in many ways and multiple arenas. Her interview with Krista Tippett at the Wild Goose Festival made for great radio and her book makes for good reading.
I’m going to keep this one on the shelves for a while. It merits a second reading.