Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? {BOOK REVIEW}

by Kathy Sykes on October 29, 2012 · 1 comment


How’s that for a title?! Well, the title of this book by Rhoda Janzen was the main reason I wanted to read it and review it for my readers. What in the world would this book be about? And yes, sometimes I feel like my church makes me look fat. But what do I mean by that?

Being the First Lady of a church, all eyes are on you most of the time. I am not your typical Baptist Church First Lady. I don’t wear enormous elaborate hats, I don’t wear suits every Sunday and I am pretty much as low key as you can get for a pastor’s wife. But because I “am” the pastor’s wife, I do get the “once over” every Sunday. That can make anyone a little self conscious.

Anyway, I was eager to read this book, not knowing the author, but wanting to read something about the church and Christianity that is light and funny. This book brings you just that.

It is the story of a woman, Rhoda, who was raised Mennonite and is also a scholar who drifted away from her religious roots as she became older (as many of us do). She was still in tune with the tenants and Word of God but just didn’t make it a priority in her life, until she met her man Mitch.

Not to get into detail because I want you to read the book, Mitch was a man who had a “colorful” past but had totally turned his life around to Christ in order to have the truly divine life he knew the Lord wanted him to have. Mitch was the influence on Rhoda to take a deeper look at this walk with Christ. During their courtship though, Rhoda was faced with an extreme “storm” in her life which would either make or break her faith.


Some of the key “aha moments” that I received from this book were (I had many as you can see by my tabs in the book):

  • You can be touched by the Holy Spirit in times when you need it most. Spiritual experiences are real.
  • Storms in our lives are here to teach us a lesson if we listen
  • Gratitude and grudges won’t fit into the same glass (body)
  • Altered circumstances give us the opportunity to change but we have to do the work for ourselves
  • Change means I have to do something different
  • “Sometimes growth happens best when we accept discomfort and difference”.
  • “Marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character”.

And there were so many more take away messages from this funny and easy-read book. This book would be great for women’s ministry book club or for young women preparing to get married. It has practical information about how to work on you before you can become a unit with someone else AND how to live your life to the FULLEST for Christ.

If you are interested, I am giving away a copy of this book to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment about why you would want to read a Christian book in general. The giveaway starts today and will run through 1259 November 6th. One comment per entry and once a winner is chosen, you will have 48 hours to respond or another entry will be chosen.

If you would like to purchase the book on your own, just go to to purchase.

***Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a copy of the book for review purposes***

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JTwisdom October 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

That book sounds like it’s just full of good nuggets. Joyce Meyer said, “You will not change your behavior until you change your thoughts. The scripture she related to this was Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so is he…
RIght not I am reading Fourth Dimension by Dr. Paul Yongi Cho for my Personal Empowerment class at church. The book really is an awesome book on truly believing in God, stretching your limits.


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