Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

Mar 5, 2010

mennonite-cover.gifRhoda Janzen has it all. She has her Ph.D, her Prada and her lake house. She also has a very handsome husband, Nick, who has just left her for a man named Bob that he met on If that isn't enough, Rhoda is involved in a serious car accident one short week after learning about Bob. How can this possibly be one of the funniest memoirs I've read to date? Well, Rhoda is also a Mennonite and although she long ago departed the faith, she wisely returns to her childhood home to heal. Her mother's unwavering love and the Mennonites devotion to serving others leaves Rhoda no time to sit on her flat butt and feel sorry for herself. She is soon pressed into service, visiting shut-ins, baking Zwiebach and attending church functions. She slowly heals physically and emotionally, surrounded by family and friends who are well, so Mennonite.

Reviewed by Melody K.
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