Does This Church Make Me Look Fat, Book Review



I’ve been big into Amish novels lately. I guess I like the idea of a simple life. So when I heard of the book Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen. I was eager to read it. Her previous book is Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.


When I first heard of Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?,  I thought it was a  novel. It’s more like a telling of a period of Rhoda Janzen’s life. Rhoda left her church years ago and is slowly find her way back through her new boyfriend, who is a churchgoer. Rhoda Janzen is a skeptic who tells her journey to faith and love.

I have always wanted to take my family to church. I have a church in mind. Just a christian church. But I really like to relax on Sundays…Is that bad? Reading this book really made me think.


I’d like to share a few things I jotted down while reading….

Complaining about someone usually does not make you feel better. In fact you may feel worse.

Gratitude and grudges do not fit in the same glass. If you add gratitude, out comes a grudge. Kinda like if you fill a glass with water and fill it with sand, all the water will come out. Try and say out loud things you are grateful for every day!

I like this one….The stories we surround ourselves with can either move us forward or hold us back. This is so true!



This was a great book! I laughed out in several spots. Kinda made me think of my crazy family at times!

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I received this book in order to review it. Opinions are my own.


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. This sounds really interesting and possibly my kind of read! Will look for it at B & N!

  2. That’s true complaining doesn’t really bring you anything good… and life is too short to hold grudges… sounds like a book that a lot of people could benefit from reading! And fun to read too!

  3. Sounds like it may be interesting! Personally, my beliefs mostly lean toward JW’s beliefs, even though they have some of their quirks like ~any~ religion, so this book probably wouldn’t be for me. 🙂

  4. Sounds like an interesting read.

  5. Not my kind of read – but I will pass the name on to my grandparents, they LOVE these books!

  6. Hm, I would have thought it was a novel too!

  7. I just love those little tidbits you pulled out of there!

  8. I think my sister would really love this book. I’m adding it to her birthday gifts!

  9. Lol, the title kind of hooks ya!

  10. Oh, I love those messages. I’ve really been trying to focus on my blessings more.

  11. Sounds thought-provoking and funny. A good combination!

  12. Sounds like a great book! The title has me intrigued.

  13. What an intriguing topic! I would like to read this too sometime…. I admit I a somewhat fascinated by the lives of the Amish…

  14. Sounds like a fun book. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

  15. Great tidbits you jotted down, sounds like an interesting book! We are in Amish country where I live:)

  16. Sounds like an intriguing book. I like the tidbits you pulled from it…great advice! I’m a regular church goer because I like to hear the word of God taught but I can completely understand the desire to stay home and rest. We try to slow down and take it easy all we can on Saturday so we’ll be rested up for Sunday.

  17. Love the title! 🙂

  18. Looks like a good read!! I love that first message you took away! Totally true!

  19. This sounds like a good book. I am the same as you…I want to take the family to church, but we like our weekends too.

  20. The title sparked my interest!

  21. That’s a funny title. Great review and I’ll have to check it out.

  22. Sounds like an interesting read!