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

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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455502882
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 903,615
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

Table of Contents

1 Stella's House 1

2 Lady Problems 15

3 Lip Balm in Gilead 33

4 Hot Rock 49

5 Follow the Wild Goose Flight 73

6 The Ghost in the Tub 97

7 8 Percent Perceptive 115

8 The Gottman Island Survival Experience 131

9 Up from the Deep 163

10 The Poovey Voice 181

11 Whippersnapper 209

12 Double Dip 231

Acknowledgments 255

About the Author 259

What People are Saying About This

Kate Braestrup

DOES THIS CHURCH MAKE ME LOOK FAT? made me laugh out loud, often enough to make my beloved children inquire as to whether I was losing my mind. Too much spiritual writing these days claims that religious practice is about healing or developing the self. But Rhoda Janzen avoids this theme: here she sets out on a path to become more loving, grateful, and helpful to others. This is particularly impressive given that she's writing about a period in her life when she's got a scary, life-threatening illness, and a brand-new family. Bravo, Rhoda — or rather, 'Thank God!' - Kate Braestrup, author of Here if You Need Me

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