Mennonite Meets Mr. Right (Paperback)
A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love
Grand Central Publishing, 9781455502875, 263pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
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Praise For Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love…
"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."
"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 joyful trek through one woman's spiritual journey into a new life as a wife, stepmother, and believer"
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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
"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