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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rhoda Janzen Narrator: Rhoda Janzen Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were 12? At the end of her best-selling 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylene | 2/17/2014

    " I'm so glad that Rhoda wrote the sequel to "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress!" Indeed, as I commented at the end of my review of MILBD, her journey was not over (and still isn't) and in "Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?" she relates where her life journey takes her. I highly recommend you read it for yourself with the caution that some subject matter is definitely PG13. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " Having read "Mennonite In A Little Black Dress," I was looking forward to another good laugh when I picked up this book. I guess I was disappointed when I didn't find it funny. Maybe being Jewish I just didn't get the punchlines. This memoir is about her rediscovering her faith in God, meeting her second husband, and generally making a 180 degree turn in her life. I found it too preachy for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Kauppi | 2/12/2014

    " Do not compare this book to her previous "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress". This is written in a more serious vein, although there is humor, but not at the forefront. I did think there was an element of disjointedness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed Rhoda Janzen's first book, so I snapped this one up on netgalley as soon as I saw it. I was not disappointed. This is one of the most honest personal accounts I've read. With heart and quite a bit of humor, Janzen traces the journey of her faith, her marriage, and her cancer. Hearing how she navigated this new world of Evangelical Christians after years of academia was completely engaging and also hilarious. I can't wait to put this one on my shelves because I know my patrons will love it as much as I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/29/2014

    " I had the pleasure of meeting Rhoda Janzen at a trade show in Denver a couple of weeks ago. If the title of this book had not already convinced me to read it, she certainly would have. She's outgoing and well-spoken and snarky, three of my favorite things in an author. Also, she was wearing a bright pink skirt suit, and you have to respect a woman who can pull that off. Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? is hysterical and heart-warming. If you read her first memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, you are guaranteed to love this one, but if you haven't, that's okay too. This book explores her relationship with her now-husband and her journey through a cancer diagnosis. While it deals with very serious issues, it handles them with humor and grace. We very much follow the author on her journey to find a place for God in her life, but it is not a religious book, really. I laughed out loud(and not in a hyperbolic texting sort of way) all through it. Though it's nonfiction, if you enjoyed Can I Get an Amen? by Sarah Healy, you'll like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Fultz | 1/13/2014

    " Loved the chapter on tithing. Yes, tithing. An unexpected gem. Beautifully articulated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 1/10/2014

    " There are no words to adequately describe. I want to be her when I grow up. Hit me smack between the eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/5/2014

    " She's starts off really funny (4 stars) then gets serious (like Menno in Black Dress). The more serious reflections are interesting (that's more 3 stars to me)... but I wouldn't mind if she just did the whole book funny. Hard to do with the content of course... and it's autobiographical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/20/2013

    " Should you read this? Yes, yes you should. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquie | 12/6/2013

    " I liked this book, esp. after reading Mennonite in a little black dress. I laughed out loud a few times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/22/2013

    " I love to laugh. This was right up my alley. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 10/3/2013

    " Could not force myself to read this entire book. I enjoyed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress so much, I looked forward to this one. But in the first handful of pages I was struck by her arrogance, repeatedly telling readers how she has a PhD, and condescending tone. No thank you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marion | 4/15/2013

    " Really interesting, especially the bits where she discusses her issues with church as a sceptical intellectual. But I struggled to understand how she got past these issues, especially when the guy she is in love with is so different to her. But still interesting and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Axtell | 3/8/2013

    " This book was much better than _Mennonite in a Little Black Dress_-- much deeper and more introspective. This is the spiritual autobiography I was hoping for and didn't get in that book. I really enjoyed this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniellefirth | 2/26/2013

    " This book was neither enlightening nor entertaining. Rhoda Jenzen's first book was cheeky, introspective, and funny- this sequel didn't cut it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/22/2013

    " More like 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it more than the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 11/21/2012

    " I was expecting this to be just as hilarious as Janzen's first book--and it was. It was also a lot more serious in some sections, especially regarding her faith and marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/13/2012

    " I just don't think I got this book. What was it supposed to be? A cancer survival story? A love story? A getting religion story? It's sort of a mishmash of the three, and I'm really not sure what the main point was supposed to be. "

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About the Author
Author Rhoda JanzenRhoda 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.