Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems by Rhoda Janzen

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145550288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455502882

Book Description

What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were twelve? At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. But when she starts dating a churchgoer, this skeptic begins a surprising journey to faith and love.

Rhoda doesn't slide back into the dignified simplicity of the Mennonite church. Instead she finds herself hanging with the Pentecostals, who really know how to get down with sparkler pom-poms. Amid the hand waving and hallelujahs Rhoda finds a faith richly practical for life--just in time for some impressive lady problems, an unexpected romance, and a quirky new family.

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? is for people who have a problem with organized religion, but can't quite dismiss the notion of God, and for those who secretly sing hymns in their cars, but prefer a nice mimosa brunch to church. This is the story of what it means to find joy in love, comfort in prayer, and--incredibly, surprisingly--faith in a big-hearted God.

 About The Author

Rhoda Janzen is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Mennonite in a Little Black Dress and the poetry collection Babel's Stair. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA and teaches English and creative writing at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

My Review

 I had to read this book as I loved Mennonite in a Little Black Dress so much!  This time out Rhoda has moved on with her life and moved on with (gasp!) a Pentecostal!  Through this involvement with this new man and primarily with his church she develops a deeper relationship and a deeper trust with God. 

Rhoda shares her joys and sorrows as well as her deeper walk with the readers.  I love the moving and hilarious references to the Mennonite way of life as I was part of that life for twenty years.  She definitely has them figured out!

This book is not out until October but be sure to pre-order a copy.  It is a wonderful read for both Christians and non-believers alike.  And if you know anyone struggling with cancer be sure to get them a copy. 

"Heal me Jesus".  Believe. 

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