Tuesday, October 2, 2012

(132)Does This Church Make Me Look Fat by Rhoda Janzen

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat

Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Pages: 256

I wasn't a HUGE fan of Rhoda Janzen's first book, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. You can read my review here.  I did not find it as funny and insightful as many others did, but I am always willing to give someone a second chance.   So when I saw that Rhoda Janzen had a second book coming out, I agreed to read it without even reading the synopsis.  I really have GOT to stop doing that, by the way. 

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat finds Rhoda Janzen in a new relationship with ex-bad boy, Mitch.  While Rhoda is still not practicing the religion of her youth, she believes there is a God and agrees to go to church with her new boyfriend, who is a member of a Pentecostal church.  She is still struggling with her new found church and relationship when she gets devastating news from her doctor.  She has a very aggressive form of breast cancer. 

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat follows Rhoda as she battles cancer while trying to foster a new relationship and attending a new church that is so different than anything she ever experienced growing up in the Mennonite faith.  Having grown up Catholic, I have not had really any exposure to the Pentecostal faith, so I found that a bit interesting.  I also enjoyed watching her relationship develop with Mitch and even Mitch's son, Leroy. 

Bottom line, if you enjoyed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, you will enjoy Does This Church Make Me Look Fat. The author's sense of humor remains intact despite the fact that she is battling a life threatening disease.  The book is about Church, so really it is to be expected that there will be quotes from the Bible and sharing experiences at a new church.   Give it a read and let me know what you think.


Lisa Mandina said...

Not sure about these books. They kind of sound good. But I just can't seem to pick them up and read them. Maybe some day. Thanks for the review!

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