The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber

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Forget the selfies and social media updates of everyone at their best, three-time New York Times best-selling author Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new podcast, The Confessional, invites guests to share stories about times they were at their worst. Guests talk honestly about what led to that moment, what they learned from it, and how they changed as a result. A former stand-up comic and a recovering alcoholic, Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran Pastor and the founder of House for All Sinners and Saints, in Denver, Colorado.

Everyone needs grace and healing, no matter your beliefs. Step into The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber - a carwash for people’s shame and secrets.

 
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Recent Reviews
  • Andrea_Sanae
    Brilliant
    Nadia so masterfully helps her guests to realize their vulnerabilities and humanity- that their mistakes were not fully of their own doing. She guides them to the lessons their past has taught them, and the redemption they have undergone but may not appreciate. If she isn’t a trained therapist, she is one in practice. Her groundedness, compassion, and love are so moving- I am an atheist, but would join Nadia’s flavor of religion in a heartbeat 🤍. Thank you for your work.
  • mdeschmoo
    Hooked after 1st episode but...
    This could easily become my next favorite podcast - just hoping the host will quit throwing out the f- word. It diminishes the podcast and the stories will be just as powerful without it. Why unnecessarily turn off listeners? Not afraid to hear it now and then for emphasis but it loses impact and becomes offensive when used so casually.
  • Erin E 1234
    LOVE
    I love this podcast, but I wish the Better Help ad wouldn’t play twice in a row :/
  • zxwabc
    Concept is good
    I like the idea of this podcast. Unfortunately the host thinks she can preach a false gospel and even more unfortunate is how many people do not seem to notice are care. You can’t make something into something just bc you want. She does swear a lot and that can feel like she’s interrupting. Makes her seem younger then she is. Maybe that’s the new thing.
  • alishaembroidery
    An honest blessing
    Nothing can touch your soul like an honest story. I stumbled onto the confessional a year ago and I’ve found it to be soul expanding and cleansing. Thank you, Nadia for your raw and beautiful blessings. I look forward to every one.
  • TRM1980
    Listen!
    I left organized religion because I could no longer reconcile the teachings to what I’ve always known to be true: that My Constant is love. Full stop. This podcast redeems that belief in the power of love, little by little. Hearing people like Joshua Harris, whose (former) message is one I’m STILL deconstructing 25 years after the fact, come back and say “hey, you know what? I didn’t get it right and I’m sorry,” brings a tiny bit of healing to my spirit. Take a listen, you won’t regret it!
  • Colormusic7
    Love this podcast
    Nadia is the voice of gods grace
  • kbeksk
    Love everything g minus the sermon at the end
    Love everything but the end. Kind of triggering.
  • aklevapyasdnil
    Chills and goosebumps
    I left the church 20 years ago because I never felt at home. I have tears pouring down my face after the Josh Harris episode. Nadia, you have something so important to say. I want the world to hear it. Thank you.
  • KHNSN4
    Must listen
    Nadia brings her experience, her wisdom, and grace to each episode. Well, maybe it’s more that she conveys God’s wisdom & grace in a very human way. The individualized blessings at the end are absolutely wonderful.
  • CrystalDee
    The Voice We Need to Hear
    Nadia Bolz-Weber is the voice we need to hear. She holds the space for us to process what we are feeling. Her books on theology helped me reconcile my thoughts as a progressive Christian. This podcast adds the layer of forgiveness we all need. Forgiving others is one thing, forgiving ourselves is a huge hurtle. Come to The Confessional with the heart of empathy and understanding. Leave with a sense of comfort in you’re not alone in your failings. There is a place, and a story, for everyone in The Confessional.
  • BroncosRockies88
    Love the podcast
    I really enjoy listening to this podcast and the stories (confessions) that the people share and how they have worked through them. I am a big fan of Nadia and if you don’t get her emails you need to.
  • LearningLotus
    So happy you are back!
    I was so happy to hear Nadia’s podcast this week. I had missed hearing her open- hearted, healing words. Such a balm for my soul.
  • OnlyInOrlando
    Come Back!
    I was thinking the same thing this week. Listening to others courageously navigate the tricky waters of forgiveness, especially self forgiveness or even just redemption in some degree or another is humbling and inspirational. Makes the rest of us think we might be able to do it too. Maybe, peace is possible for me too...someday.
  • jrog888888888
    Come back!
    I miss your podcast!
  • SimonSez44
    Where are you?
    I always looked forward to listen to this podcast as I found inspiration in it. I hope it returns soon. Simon
  • Willow OB
    Love it Nadia
    So good!!
  • Bendjules
    What we need
    I have just started listening to this pod cast. In particular, I just loved the blessing that Nadia gave Theresa Thames- wonderful and heartfelt. I have suggested this pod cast to a variety of people in my life, because of the humanity of the host and guests. Thank you Nadia.
  • yazy16
    Great Pod
    Great pod!
  • nativebee
    Love it
    Insightful heartfelt. I would like to hear Michael Cohen. Jail was his wake up call. I wonder if he became spiritually woke as well. Could be very interesting
  • Shamrock1127
    The Confessional
    Nadia is the best friend that everybody wants to have! Compassionate, smart, funny and real. She makes you feel like you’re sitting in a really comfy chair with your friends, then bang! Her wisdom and a lesson that doesn’t feel like a lesson dawns. I love the individual prayer she says at the end I’d love to carry her with me and pull her out of my pocket when I feel crappy
  • Bejumbled
    Excellent podcast
    These conversations are powerful. The interviewer creates a space that nourishes truthfulness. Very well done.
  • RosemaryHayes
    Engrossing
    I love the stories people share. Nadia is an amazing, intuitive, compassionate interlocutor. The “blessing” at the end usually makes me tear up!
  • jordan775422
    This podcast needs to exist
    It’s about time for a place like this to exist that allows people to candidly talk about their perceived failures, reminds them that others find themselves failing in similar ways, and helps people open up to the awareness that they too are worthy of grace. It’s a pleasure to be a witness of this process in people through this podcast, and it helps me gain the courage to feel more able to go through this kind of process in myself.
  • TheBlondeTornado71
    Authentic and real!
    I am so glad I found this podcast, heartfelt conversations that show the grace that can come from cleansing one’s soul. Plus the way the host listens and has compassion for whatever is confessed always has me wanting to love and listen more to those around.
  • Awesome Andrea
    Really
    Really really really good.
  • krcola
    So impactful
    Love Nadia and how she speaks with her guests
  • Madgehart
    Even More Raw and Powerful
    In typical Pastor Nadia style, this podcast reveals the vulnerability we all share, and inspires us to find the compassion that sets us all free. Somehow political lines are blurred as we experience other souls in their pain. And we can see them. God bless you, Nadia, for shining light in the corners and inviting us to see the family we didn’t know we had.
  • 40th & Macarthur
    Maria Hinojosa
    The interview nailed it. Nadia’s grace-full, pastoral approach allowed Maria space to be herself with herself. For every principled person who struggles to do something good within The System.
  • dreambiggest1
    Bleeding Heart of Podcasts
    Nadia. You nailed it with this show…absolutely nailed it. Keep going. The world needs this so desperately…I have been producing alone for ten years, I don’t even know any other artists who do what I do. Finding you is a true joy. If you’d like to check out my podcast, it is called, “Sabbatical or Suicide.” It’s right up your alley ;) All the best, Kathleen
  • Lil, USA
    Soul medicine
    For me, Confessionals feels like you’ve a heavy dark bird locked inside your ribcage quietly beating it’s self bloody. The cathartic process of the interview releases that bird, and Nadia sends it off with a gentle blessing of self forgiveness and love. Powerful soul medicine .
  • Bagswithlizzie.com
    The Change the Church Needs
    I thought I’d never step foot in a church again after my experiences but Nadia displays the love for all people that was at the heart of my own original faith. I needed this.
  • Trev Bot
    A Moment of Grace
    I’m really grateful for this podcast. It’s been helping me stay somewhat grounded every so often when I go on walks during the pandemic. I’ve mostly left the church, but I’ve started to realize that the part of me that grew up learning about grace still craves to believe that grace and forgiveness are ok. I’m all for deplatforming and harm-reduction techniques on a societal level, but I think it needs to be in tension with allowing people the space on a personal level to change, grow, and learn, since that’s what we’re really all we’re ever doing here on earth. Thankful for this podcast as a space to explore the grey spaces between the secular world and the faith world, regret and forgiveness, and shame and freedom.
  • ValiPacificNW
    Fantastic Podcast - Incredibly Meaningful & Entertaining
    Thank you Nadia Bolz-Weber for this gem of a podcast - look forward to walking my dog or doing chores - love your prayers to the guest at the end of the podcast - ties everything together in a beautiful poetic bow and appreciate your nonjudgy eclectic approach to spituality, embracing people's imperfections.
  • streams
    The Confessional
    This podcast brings joy to my heart and tears
  • XRTnurseK
    Something for everyone
    Who hasn’t done something shameful or bad in their past? I think this is refreshing and enlightening. I happened to discover this podcast at a perfect time in my life where I needed to hear this. I highly recommend this podcast!
  • PammySueR
    Best Podcast EVER!!!
    This podcast is one of the best I’ve ever listened to. Nadia is exactly what the “Christian Culture “ needs right now to break down their biases and judgements! She brings such a kind, accepting, and empathetic message that resonates deep with me and will with you too! I am recommending this podcast to everyone!!!
  • BrookAndBear
    It gets old...
    I’m a young progressive Christian and I’ve just never seen the appeal. I need something more than f-bombs, not that I mind them, to keep me hooked. Plus, I’d rather listen to a queer or POC pastor these days than another straight white woman taking up space.
  • SEAShine 2018
    Breath of fresh air!
    I love this podcast and Nadia so much! Having been raised in a church similar to Nadia, she and her guests and the raw authenticity, truth, beauty and light has been so healing, freeing, and helpful for me!! This is a podcast for every human being. Truly. 🌟💛✨💫
  • Kklo623
    Deeply inspirational
    Each interview is heartfelt and transformative. This program is exceptional in quality and provides deep healing during each interview. Thank you!
  • Sb2017723
    Thank you!
    Nadia, you are a blessing in my life. You have helped me find my faith outside of the church where my beliefs no longer had a home.
  • AnnaCAPT
    Pastrix
    A Blessing for Nadia: May your life be as wonderful as the way I feel when I listen to you bless others. This is a soothing and heartwarming place to come and listen to good people express their genuine feelings. Wait for the miracle.
  • lsten in the car
    Down to earth
    I don’t believe in a deity, but NBW is the embodiment of what is sacred in humanity. She is compassionate, insightful and so down to earth and real. She sees into and through these stories with humor and grace. She seems my best friend and my therapist all rolled into one. More!!
  • feklempt
    A true gift.
    Nadia, to me, is the embodiment of compassion and empathy. Her insight and reflections have provided me with new understanding of so much. Her guests are gut-level honest and perfectly chosen.
  • Mr Ed - Storyteller
    Namaste
    Thank you Nadia for bringing us such wonderful, insightful stories. Blessings to you and all those you reach. 🙏🏼💝
  • Bellasweet
    Great Format...But...
    Great guests/interviewees. However, I find Nadia Bolz-Weber’s interviewing skills to be lacking. Her ongoing swearing really detracts from the show. For me, it demonstrated a lack of communication skills. Random “F-bombs” do not make her more relatable. I wish she would stick to asking compelling questions and then jump back out; let her guests share their stories—the purpose they were brought onto the show. Unsubscribed; there are better podcasts out there.
  • jeanners1724
    Helpful
    Shockingly honest and incredibly helpful! I’m a fan and will definitely be sharing this with friends!
  • Zen in samsara
    Ignorance
    Unfortunately the podcast is touching politics in an arena they obviously are very ignorant. I’ve enjoyed the podcast, but you can’t spread false information. It reveals the sheeple have yet to wake up.
  • Suec3
    HONEST!
    first time listener, highly recommend to anyone whos feeling alot of regrets
  • K8Faulkner
    Brilliant
    These quick episodes are artful. The ability for the host to make guests feel so safe to share their deepest, most shameful, parts of their past while holding them in grace and approaching with curiosity is so well done. The blessings at the end of each episode are just perfectly fitting for the person and the story told.
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