Book description from the publisher:
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.
I wasn't totally sure if I'd like this book based on the description, since I'm more spiritual than religious, but I did end up enjoying it quite a bit. The focus is pretty evenly divided between the crazyness of the author's new relationship and health issues and the religious journey. There's only one chapter that feels kind of "preachy"- the rest of it is more of a "How did I end up here?" view on her new church that most readers will probably relate more to. She has a fun, humorous writing style that makes this a breezy read, and the book is well-written and edited overall. I enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second, but I'm not entirely sure why. I guess the tone of the latter half is just a little more serious, while parts of the first half are laugh out loud funny. If you absolutely can't stand reading about religion you should skip this one, but as long as you're open minded about hearing someone's religious experiences mixed in with the story of their life, it's definitely worth a read! (The tone is definitely more "this is what I think" than "you should believe this, too!")
I do now want to read the author's first book,Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home, since I do enjoy her writing style and it sounds like a fun read. It's about moving back to her Mennonite family after her husband leaves her for another man. Good times!
Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems is currently available on Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle editions. There's also a pretty good sample in the "Click to look inside!" preview, which will come in super handy if you'd like to get an idea of if you'll like the book.
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I was provided with a free copy of this book to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own!