This past Friday, March 6, 2015, was a day I’d really been looking forward to. I had a ticket to hear one of my faith heroes, Nadia Bolz-Weber, speak at the Lutheran Seminary in Columbia, SC as part of their John L. Yost Lecture Series. A good friend originally planned to go with me, and then was unable to go due to some work responsibilities. Thankfully Will had some business in Columbia Friday and I was able to tag along with him. He dropped me off at the seminary two hours before the event, which was WAY early. I brought my iPad and planned to just read and entertain myself. It was cold, so I walked into the Student Center to find a place to wait, and sat down on a bench outside the Faculty Lounge. About five minutes later, Nadia walked past me into the lounge, which was so fun! She looks just like her picture on the cover of her book Pastrix, and it was delightful to see her in the flesh. Well, of course she had clothes on! Jeans, Danskos, a cool black shirt, and her belt with a Mary icon on the buckle. I wish I had a picture of that to show you.
At the lecture, Nadia read from her upcoming book Accidental Saints, which will be released September 7th of this year. It was real and beautiful and haunting, and made me rush to Amazon to preorder. It’s not available yet, but here’s a link to Pastrix if you haven’t read it yet. It’s amazing.
by Nadia Bolz-Weber
On the way home from Columbia, I received an email from someone at Harper Collins, who is publishing Rachel Held Evans new book Searching for Sunday, asking me to be a part of a launch team for Rachel’s book. It sounds more glamorous than it is, as I think the publisher literally chose the first 300 of Rachel’s blog readers who applied. Thankfully one of them was me! The publisher sent me an advanced copy of Rachel’s book to read and to help get the word out about the book, which releases on April 14th. As I read it, I’ll let you know how what I think. My expectations are high, as I’ve read and re-read both Evolving in Monkeytown, which has been retitled Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions, and A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. Rachel’s new book is available for pre-order on Amazon:
by Rachel Held Evans