12 June 2012
Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?; Rhoda Janzen
Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems by Rhoda Janzen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a real mish-mash of a book: part exploration of faith, part story of how the author found love and remarried, and part tale of cancer survival. That's why there are only three stars, because in some ways all three parts get shortchanged. There are wry observations, so-called "SAT" words and humorous asides about all three aspects (for example, her comments about her then-boyfriend Mitch's habit of calling his son 'Billy the [insert thing the child failed to do/did to excess]').
The title is a tossed-off comment as she dresses to attend the Pentecostal church Mitch has joined and is never alluded to again. Her and Mitch's romance, deepening faith and marriage are really the focus of this memoir, with the cancer and her faith experience as part of that. Her Mennonite roots are not explained (that's in the first book), yet a little more of that content would have helped.
Still, this is a quick read and if the faith aspects don't bother you it's not bad.
ARC provided by publisher.