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eBook Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems ePub

by Rhoda Janzen

  • ISBN: 1455522600
  • Category: Leaders and Notable People
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Rhoda Janzen
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Large Print edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Pages: 384
  • ePub book: 1232 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1141 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 814

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Start by marking Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? . 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.

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Stella's house - Lady problems - Lip balm in Gilead - Hot rock - Follow the wild goose flight - The ghost in the tub - 8 percent perceptive - The Gottman Island survival experience - Up from the deep - The Poovey voice - Whippersnapper - Double dip. Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. But when she starts dating a churchgoer, the skeptic begins a surprising journey to faith and love.

book by Rhoda Janzen. At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family roots, though her future felt uncertain.

Автор: Janzen Rhoda Название: Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? . Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down.

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Ga. om, but that same week a car accident left her with serious injuries. What was a gal to do?

She begins her second memoir, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?, by recapping some of the plot details from the first book: a divorce and an auto accident followed by a four-month recuperation visit to her Mennonite family in Fresno, California, after she had "fallen away" from that faith.

She begins her second memoir, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?, by recapping some of the plot details from the first book: a divorce and an auto accident followed by a four-month recuperation visit to her Mennonite family in Fresno, California, after she had "fallen away" from that faith for many years. By the end of her first memoir she had returned to the dating scene, and the reader met, among others, Mitch, an unlikely suitor sporting a large Jesus nail around his neck.

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A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady . The information about Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? shown above. The nicest thing I can say about her new book is that it made me want to be a better person. Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World and Leaving Church.

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.

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roternow roternow
Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love This fun book is an easy read. You always hope for the best for this character.
An English and creative writing professor at Hope College, Janzen takes her readers on a romp into new territory. With chapter headings like Lady Problems, The Ghost in the Tub, and Whippersnapper, the author reveals a serious health diagnosis, a haunted bathroom, and revelations from stepson Leroy.

If Janzen’s storytelling rivals that of Nora Ephron, her take on faith recalls Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies. In the most unlikely congregation with “hand-clappin ’hallelujahs,” readers observe her spiritual transformation from skeptic to faith-filled: “But I had left Texas. I was in a different state now, a weird one, where I’d actually rather have cancer than a grudge.” About suffering, she poses the question, “ . . . if we didn’t suffer, would we still be human?” In so doing, she invites readers to examine their own beliefs.

A New York Times best-selling memoirist, Janzen has also published a collection of poetry, Babel’s Stair. I found the cadence of her lines often magnetizing like her use of metaphor, “Some sisters only pretend to like each other. When they speak of each other, their lips thin like pressed leaves and their tone takes on a crunchy sugar coating. ‘My sister? Well, her choices aren’t my choices, but she’s still my sister, Of course, I love her.’”

Once Janzen seemed to go off on a tangent when she discussed the GiftQuest report at her church and I lost interest. But soon she looped around to stories of weddings and marriage in her family and I was again hooked.
Legend 33 Legend 33
I had such high hopes for this book. When I saw that Ms. Janzen was writing another book, I put it onto my wish list as soon as it was listed on Amazon. I really enjoyed Mennonite In A Little Black Dress. Even for the high Kindle book price, I decided to splurge on this book. I didn't realize when I bought it that it was Ms. Janzen's journey back to religion. I started reading and from the first bit I got the impression the book was about her journey through cancer. There were lots of tangents, but as you get further through the book the story about cancer sort-of drops out and it's only about religion. Specifically, her experience meeting and marrying a Pentecostal and her conversion too. It felt like there were so many loose ends in the book. I liked her writing style and stories but at the end of each story, she'd switch over to talk about something else and I was left wondering if there was a conclusion. I don't know that I'd say the book was actually preachy, but there was a lot of Bible talk. It felt like lots of time was taken explaining the point of things like tithing or spiritual gifts but the language used was for someone who already agrees with the underlying narrative that God's Authority is right because it's God. I was disturbed by how easily Ms. Janzen was able to push aside issues (that she says she feels very strongly about) such as lack of female leadership in churches. I also felt let down about her monologue on the joys of a "Christian Marriage". It really felt like she was saying marriages fall apart because the people in them are not Christian enough to "seek God in their marriage" - like it's just random chance if non-Christian people have a good marriage because the only truly great ones are Christian marriages. Overall, I was left feeling rather down after reading this book. From her perspective, I'm sure this is a happy story but from my perspective it was a story of an independent woman who got a cancer diagnosis then turned into a woman who set aside everything she believed in to throw herself into her boyfriend/husband's church and all the beliefs it entailed. Let me be clear that I'm not saying this impression is what her life is now, it's just what I was left feeling after reading this book. I'll keep an eye on this author because I do like her writing style and I enjoy her stories. I'll probably even read Mennonite In A Little Black Dress again sometime. But I don't think I'll pick up this book again.
Dangerous Dangerous
Rhoda Janzen isn't the only lapsed Menno rebel in the world. My guess is there are plenty of us out there, and it has been healing for me to read Rhoda's stories. I devoured "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress," hooting all the way, even though those West Coast Mennonites lacked the angst and ire of the East Coast version that raised me. Like Janzen, I'd walked away from church when the Mennonite version failed to hold me. Fortunately, God has ways of reclaiming those who will turn His way. It's refreshing to read a transparent faith journey that doesn't seem cliched or just too tidy to be real. By the end of book one, I was praying for Rhoda to find faith. Amid all the laughs, I heard familiar pain. You can see the pain melt away in the pages of book two as she finds the love and community we all want. I'll read anything she writes.
Rocky Basilisk Rocky Basilisk
I was so disappointed to receive this book today and realize it was already published as "Does this Church Make me Look Fat?" Like the reviewer above I now own two copies of this book and I could have used the $9.58 I spent on this book to buy something else on my wish list. I was really looking forward to reading a new memoir by Rhoda Janzen, but this is not it. I will agree with the reviewer above that this book is worth five stars under either title, but not when already owned.
Kelenn Kelenn
Ms. Jansen is one of my favorite authors. She has a fresh perspective that gives mundane concepts and bible passages new meaning and worthy of new reflection. Smart, witty, and open about her struggles. I would like to think that readers without any knowledge of mennonites would find the cultural, historical and religious references just as funny and informative as I do.
Joony Joony
Totally related to this book and didn't pay attention, thinking this was a novel until half-way through the book. I spent years away from church involvement before beoming actively involved again. Rhoda journey is similar to mine.. She is a great writer -- LOL funny -- yet right on with sincerity! Would love to meet this author.