“This is a delightful sequel to Wood's first memoir (Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.) I'd read an excerpt in a magazine, which led me to both books, and I wasn't disappointed. Janzen's descriptions of her developing relationship with her husband and his Pentecostal Christian church family feel...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Not for me. It's a perfectly funny little memoir, but it was very religious. The book jacket makes it sound like there will be some questioning of religion. There's not. She's straight up into it, and I'm not. Oh well.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Nowhere near as good as the first book. She gets all preachy.”laura maile wrote this review Wednesday, August 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a delightful sequel to Wood's first memoir (Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.) I'd read an excerpt in a magazine, which led me to both books, and I wasn't disappointed. Janzen's descriptions of her developing relationship with her husband and his Pentecostal Christian church family feel like shared confidences. I hope there will be more coming.”Write-Minded Woman wrote this review Thursday, August 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun book. Great explanations and experiences written about. ”Melany wrote this review Thursday, July 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book draws you in and takes you on a roller coaster of laughs and tears. Finding God in the midst of chaos and confusion of life when you didn't even know you were missing anything is an awesome statement. I loved every page. ”Amber Goodman wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“p 113 - "My daddy's the sole person in charge of what comes out of his mouth," he said. "Nothing we can do about any of that. All we can ever do is clean up our own side of the street. Plus it don't matter that he don't love me overmuch. It's my assignment to respect him."
p129 - "I decided to sit very still and see what God would do with this new circumstance."
p 239 - "some little girls are destined to read in elevators for a good twenty-five minutes before remembering that they have forgotten to select a floor."”
“Not for me. It's a perfectly funny little memoir, but it was very religious. The book jacket makes it sound like there will be some questioning of religion. There's not. She's straight up into it, and I'm not. Oh well. ”EmilyBat wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I want to be Rhoda Janzen's friend!! I also want her to blog so that I can experience a regular dose of her stories and her narrative voice. I LOVED "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress," and this follow-up was not disappointing in the slightest--in fact, it answered many questions I was left with at the end of her first book. And, it was one of the most touching books I have read in a very long time. Rhoda unselfconsciously lays bare her soul and her flaws, and she brings the readers along on her spiritual journey. This book is a testimony in many ways--a testimony to a second chance at living life fully; a testimony to love and peace, happiness and forgiveness, health and partnership, mindfulness, grace, and generosity of spirit. It will be inspiring at any level of spiritual commitment, and to anyone who's questioned, "Am I living this life the best I can?" Love this woman.”Mary Moser wrote this review Wednesday, January 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. Personal faith and religion are the overriding themes of this book but it's also an entertaining, well-written and sometimes poignant personal journey through new a new relationship, health scares and a renewed relationship with God.
Many people may be turned off by the religions themes in this book. I myself was a little but leery at first. I grew up in a very strict religious church environment that took the Bible literally. To this day I have negative associations with organized religion and do not attend any church or organized worship service, although I do believe in God. To those people, like me, who aren't interested in revisiting past religious experiences I say, give this a try. This is not a book to knock you over the head with her new faith. Ms. Janzen writes with complete honesty. She is up front about the fact that the new church she attends was a little bit over-the-top. She makes us laugh at their strange behavior and traditions while at the same time sneaking in the joy that the congretation feels and the kindness they offer to a new member.
Each section of the book tells a little bit more of the author's journey. Becoming serious with her future husband, dealing with his teenaged son, and overcoming a battle with cancer are all dealt with with sincerity and humor. Each challenge she is faced with teaches her something new or reinforces something she already knew about her personal relationship with God.
I think there are many people like me who shy away from church and organized religion but who believe in God and have personal faith. This book will resonate with them and some may find it inspirational.
I gave this three stars because, although I enjoyed it, it's not the type of book that everyone will be interested in. The plot meanders along and is not boring but takes it's time. Those looking for something fast-paced or full of drama should look elsewhere. If you're looking for a poignant story that offers honesty, inspiration and a way to joy and peace, then check this one out. ”
“This book reads like one from Anne Lamott. This is overall not a good thing, although it is interesting, it is really strange to me how folks can dart over, around, through, and beside Christianity without (?) touching on Jesus.
It's not quite fair for me to say, as Jesus is referenced - would Jesus do this, would He do that? - sometimes amusingly so - but there is never the bedrock of Scripture to undergird the reasoning, the jokes, even the emotions.
And so I leave the book somewhat entertained but also puzzled and confused.”