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Praise for Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: " "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 "and "Beginner's Grace"

"Hilarious and touching."-- People (four stars)

"[A] vibrant, charming narrative."-- Publishers Weekly

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"Breezy despite the weighty subject matter... Janzen's wit and love of fashion keep things light, but her conversion to Pentecostalism after a miraculous return to health sends the book into serious seekers' territory." "People (Three Stars)""

"A hilarious account of the small details that make a life. . . Readers from all backgrounds will be inspired by Janzen's tale of love and faith told with her trademark wit and honesty." "Booklist""

"Janzen is the kind of writer-world-weary yet incredulous; girlfriend-esque and conversational-that draws you along through a story with ease...[Does This Church Make Me Look Fat] would fit naturally on a shelf, say, next to your collection of beat-up Anne Lamott paperbacks. It has that same sort of accessibility to it; that same sort of acceptance." "Charity Vogel, "The Buffalo News"""

"Smart and witty.... Janzen has a remarkable ability to demystify religion through humor and humanity." "Susanne Jaffe, "The Columbus Dispatch"""

"Amazingly light-hearted... [Janzen] is not so much proselytizing for her particular religion as she is pointing toward the value of examining one's own beliefs, whatever they might be, and finding a way to live with them in joy." "Colette Bancroft, "Tampa Bay Times"""

"A delight for fans of [Janzen's] warm, wisecracking style.... Her enthusiasm and spirit and knack for finding humor in the God details make this book a crowd-pleaser." "Hannah Sampson, "The Miami Herald"""

"A very funny writer. . . . A heartfelt memoir that is both hilarious and inspiring." ""Great Day Houston"""

"[A] vibrant, charming narrative." "Publishers Weekly""

"Rhoda Janzen is one of the few people I trust to write about faith without using God to clobber me. She writes about the most serious things in the world-life, death, family, love-with such spot-on honesty, spiritual humility, and disarming humor that I would follow her anywhere. The nicest thing I can say about her new book is that it made me want to be a better person. It is that good." "Barbara Brown Taylor, author of "An Altar in the World "and "Leaving Church"""

"Paul Shaffer, the noted theologian/TV sidekick, once said that if God is the ultimate being, he must have the ultimate sense of humor. To which I add, Rhoda Janzen is not far behind. This is one funny book. Not to mention thought-provoking and touching." "AJ Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Biblically"""

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"It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while reading, but Rhoda Janzen's voice--singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest--slayed me." "Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love""

"I loved this book, and Rhoda Janzen. She is a terrific, pithy, beautiful writer, a reliable, sympathetic narrator and a fantastically good sport." "Kate Christensen, The New York Times Book Review""

"Hilarious and touching." "People (four stars)""

"A hilarious collection of musings on Janzen's childhood, marriage, and eccentric family... Janzen mines Mennonite culture for comic effect, but she does so with love."
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Praise for "Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: "

"Breezy despite the weighty subject matter... Janzen's wit and love of fashion keep things light, but her conversion to Pentecostalism after a miraculous return to health sends the book into serious seekers' territory." "People (Three Stars)""

"Given the gravity of the subjects-cancer and religious conversion-Janzen gave herself an enormous challenge. Could she maintain her hallmark comic voice in the midst of suffering and transformation? The answer is yes, and that is no small accomplishment... The excitement of discovery is palpable in this book."
"Shirley Hershey Showalter, "Christian Century"""

""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 "and "Beginner's Grace"""

Praise for Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
"It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while reading, but Rhoda Janzen's voice--singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest--slayed me." "Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love""

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Rhoda Janzen, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, is back with a hilarious and heartfelt memoir about her return to faith and love.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Transparent and engaging 13 Oct. 2012
By Belleville Belle - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Already Published as "Does this Church Make me Look Fat?" 25 Oct. 2013
By F. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather preachy and unlike author's first book 22 Jun. 2013
By LietoFine - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Amazon 24 Jan. 2014
By Elaine Jarvis - Published on Amazon.com
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Shame on you Amazon, for not alerting readers right up front that this was the same book as Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? republished with a new title. I liked the book very much...the first time I read it. I really didn't need to buy it and read it again with a new cover.

Now, aside from feeling duped and cheated by the publisher and Amazon, I have to say I liked this book. I read Janzen's first book, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress and did NOT like it. I thought it was snarky and took advantage of her Mennonite heritage to make a buck. But in her second book I saw growth, self examination and true inner growth. Janzen was still funny but not at the expense of others. And she was very honest and transparent about her own blind spots and ways in which she had been challenged to change. So four stars for the book. But no stars to Amazon for misleading their customers!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to Black Dress. 27 Jan. 2014
By Jay Kroeker - Published on Amazon.com
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Rhoda,
You have shown your readers that God is willing to meet us anywhere, when we look for Him! An encouragement to the many "spiritual casualties" that can even come from church attending families. I have read two articles recently that concern the disillusionment of many Millennials, with their own church experiences growing up. As an MB, I can relate to much of your witty and accurate descriptions of growing up in the "Boomer" era, with a stoic and conservative culture/heritage. (Pacifism, not so much) 😉 Thanks for continuing your story in your unique style. Look forward to another update on your journey.
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