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

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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.

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 Rhoda Janzen

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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.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Continuing her search for spiritual relevance in everyday life, Janzen (Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, 2009) recounts the travails and joys encountered while finding love, embracing her new beau’s religion, and surviving breast cancer.

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Having fallen out of her conservative Mennonite community in California—“abgefallen” is how she is referred by her church folk—now an English professor in Holland, Mich., Janzen meets and falls for a Pentecostal born-again “Jesus-nail-necklace-wearing manly man” shortly before she is ...

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Rhoda Janzen's MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS offered readers an exploration of her childhood in the Mennonite faith, her turning away from the church to become an academic, and her return as an observer open to reexamining her own roots and the place of faith in her life.

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Tampa Bay Times

A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems By Rhoda Janzen Grand Central, 257 pages, $24.99 Meet the author Rhoda Janzen will be a featured author at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 20 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg;

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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'...

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The Christian Century

"Isn’t that an off-brand religion?” One of my son’s soon-to-be-relatives asked this question when he was introduced as having grown up in a Mennonite family.

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her immersion into rural-ish Michigan culture from years of urban university setting, the ying and yang relationship with her straight-shooting (literally) and talking boyfriend;

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