Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber was the fourth visiting writer to come this semester. Nadia is a preacher for House for All Sinners and Saints  in Denver, Colorado. Nadia wrote a memoir entitled Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint. When I first thought about going to her presentation, I did not know what to expect. Nadia is very famous among the church community and since we are a Lutheran college I would assume there would be a lot of people coming. She gave her presentation in P.E Monroe auditorium. The last time someone gave a presentation in the auditorium, it was Nicholas Sparks. So, since it was in P.E Monroe I decided to go to find out who she was. At 6:30 the whole front section was full. After listening to her interview in Eng 281 that also influenced my decision to go. Nadia isn’t your ordinary pastor, she has tattoos and curses. Before becoming a pastor Nadia was the wild child. Before the presentation started the person introducing her said please refrain from texting and using your cell phone as it can be distracting to others. Nadia came out and said,” I don’t mind if you tweet or facebook”, this was very funny to me. Now, I was ready to listen to her speak. Nadia read an excerpt from her book Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint. As she read I was really engaged in listening to her read. She also read something from her new book. In the book she talked about her being in a rehab facility and trying to get help. It was a very interesting piece and it made me want to go buy her book. I specifically remember her talking about the story in Matthew about the man possessed on the mountain and the pigs drowning in the lake as she opened up the chapter she was reading. Overall, this was one of the best presentations that I have seen and I really enjoyed hearing her speak and would like to buy one of her books.

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  1. Aaliyah, I’m glad that you had the opportunity to hear Nadia Bolz-Weber’s evening presentation on March 5, and I hope that students who didn’t attend her talk will read your post to gain a sense of what she said about her writing and her time in rehab. You write that “[t]he last time someone gave a presentation in the auditorium, it was Nicholas Sparks,” but that isn’t accurate. Revise the sentence to say what you mean, specifically that Nadia Bolz-Weber was the first Lenoir-Rhyne Visiting Writer to deliver a presentation in P. E. Monroe since Nicholas Sparks spoke there in 2012. Though your blog entry devoted to Bolz-Weber is your last required post, I encourage you to post additional writing throughout the second half of the semester and to maintain your blog after the course has ended.


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