Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

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by Rhoda Janzen
     
 

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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

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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.

Mennonite Meets Mr. Right 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.

Editorial Reviews

If you have ever wondered what happened to Rhoda Janzen, the bestselling author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, this eventful memoir brings you up to date. Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? describes the "weirdness" of her mercifully brief battle with breast cancer, but devotes most of its pages to her new relationships with a huge, intense rocker; the Pentecostal church; and her new stepchild. Elizabeth Gilbert called Janzen's debut as "singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest," not a bad description either for this follow-up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455502899
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
245,641
File size:
516 KB

Meet 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.

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Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Janzen's journey fascinating and laugh out loud funny. Most of the time I couldn't even re-read parts of it to my friend with a straight voice. Very sharp. The part that slowed me down was when she started trying to get jiggy with the bible towards the end, which to me smacks of the new but same old same old preaching. But knowing that our inspiration can come from anywhere, I tried to crack open my mind and do what she did - find out "what I could take away from it". It was quite a bit and I learned some valuable mind tools to use even in my non-religious life. I'd love to take a writing class from her, but will settle for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very likely the best memoir I've read. Ms Janzen shares her journeys through cancer, of recovering from an abusive first marriage and entering into a wonderful second marriage, and of her spiritual journey from devout childhood through adult skepticism to the development of an adult faith. Laugh-out-loud funny throughout! Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and enjoyed Janzen's book, as well as her first book--Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. While detailing some rather personal and frightening health issues, she incorporates humor and a brave front in her fight against cancer. In the process, she rediscovers her religious side and embarks on the next chapter of her life with a husband who truly has her back and appreciates her. I found the book to be uplifting and on the autobiographical side, yet relavent to middle-aged women who face divorce and health issues as they move toward the next chapter of their lives. In other words, you're not alone! P.S. You don't need to read the first book in order to follow this one; however, if you find her sense of humor charming then "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have decided the best part of the Rhoda Janzen books are her titles. They sound funny but the books themselves are a let down. The first one was fairly entertaining but the second was just plain boring. She rattles on and on and on. I wished I had not wasted my gift card on it. Do not buy even if you liked the first one.
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, you will enjoy Does This Church Make Me Look Fat. The author's sense of humor remains intact despite the fact that she is battling a life threatening disease.
bramall More than 1 year ago
Once again I really enjoyed Ms. Jaanzen's book. I actually liked this one better than "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress". In the first book I felt that she looked back on her upbringing in the church and faith in God as one of those quaint things that is part of growing up. In this book, she truly finds a faith of her own. She "gets it". She still has the breezy style that sometimes feels like a poor fit for her subject matter. But humor colors all aspects of life for her, and I would much rather it be that way then the gloom and doom kind of writing. Definitely worth reading.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite In "Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right and Solves Her Lady Problems" by Rhonda Janzen, Rhonda Janzen was raised a Mennonite but by twelve she had turned away from her faith. When she began dating a Pentecostal she started going to church with him. The worship services were very different from what she had formerly experienced. During a healing service an Elder asked if anyone there was having “lady problems.” She resisted the urge to step forward for prayer; however, at a later date she did agree to be anointed. Moving in with her new father in law, Albert, was challenging. He had a tendency to be very negative and resisted finding anything to be happy about. Mitch is a delightful partner for Rhonda. I love Rhonda Janzen’s writing style; she had me laughing out loud as she shared her life with me. She was raised in the Mennonite faith but in this book, the second in the series, she begins to explore the Pentecostal faith. It was refreshing to listen to her talk about the new man in her life. He is obviously very much in love with her and he is definitely Mr. Right. The reader also witnesses her reaction to the diagnosis of breast cancer. “Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?" has many tidbits of advice easily ferreted out. This book has strong Christian overtones and yet it is never preachy. This tale will stay with you long after you’ve listened to the last word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is this book even about?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having emerged from the same Mennonite community in Fresno, I found Rhoda Janzen's first narrative a pithy analysis of her efforts to make sense of a life of the mind in juxtaposition to her unique spiritual background.  Rhoda's second narrative comes across as a disingenuous romance novel in which she trivializes the questions posed in her first book.  In spite of a much-needed apology to  her family and their Mennonite community in chapter 8, this book seems trite and hollow.  Don't waste your money.
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