Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

A Memoir of Going Home

  • Author: Rhoda Janzen
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 0857892983
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 300
  • View: 9163
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Rhoda Janzen had reached a crossroads: she had just hit forty when her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for a guy he met on Gay.com. In the same calamitous week she was hospitalized in a horrible car accident. With no alternatives, Rhoda decided to pack her bags and head home. into the heart of the Christian sect she had spent years longing to escape. Rhoda Janzen might be a bad Mennonite, but nonetheless, her parents and their community welcome her back with open arms, strange food and offbeat advice. ('Why not date your first cousin? He has his own tractor!') It was in this safe place that Rhoda came to terms with her failed marriage; the desire, as a young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind; and the choices that had both freed and entrapped her.

Mennonites and Media: Mentioned in It, Maligned by It, and Makers of It

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Mennonites and Media: Mentioned in It, Maligned by It, and Makers of It

Mennonites and Media: Mentioned in It, Maligned by It, and Makers of It

How Mennonites Have Been Portrayed in Media and How They Have Shaped Media for Identity and Outreach

  • Author: Steven P. Carpenter
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1625645252
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 226
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Anabaptists and Mennonites have often been the subject of media scrutiny: sometimes admired, at other times maligned. Luther called them schwarmar, a German word meaning "fanatics" that alludes to a swarm of bees. In contrast, American independent film producer John Sayles drew inspiration from Mennonite conscientious objectors for his 1987 award-winning film, Matewan. Voltaire's Candide features a virtuous Anabaptist. Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest contains an Anabaptist reference. An Anabaptist chaplain is central to Joseph Heller's antiwar classic, Catch-22. President Lincoln and General Stonewall Jackson both had something to say about Mennonites. Garrison Keillor tells Mennonite jokes. These are just a few of the dozens of fascinating media references, dating from the early 1500s through the present, which are chronicled and analyzed here. Mennonites, although often considered media-shy, have in fact used media to great advantage in shaping their faith and identity. Beginning with the Martyrs Mirror, this book examines the writings of Mennonite authors John Howard Yoder, Donald Kraybill, Rudy Wiebe, Rhoda Janzen, and Malcolm Gladwell. Citing books, film, art, theater, and Ngram, the online culturomic tool developed by Harvard University and Google, the author demonstrates that Mennonites "punch above their weight class" in the media, and especially in print.

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?

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Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?

  • Author: Rhoda Janzen
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781455528202
  • Category: Christian life
  • Page: 256
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What does it mean to give church a try when you haven't really tried since you were twelve? At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. But when she starts dating a churchgoer, this skeptic begins a surprising journey to faith and love. Rhoda doesn't slide back into the dignified simplicity of the Mennonite church. Instead she finds herself hanging with the Pentecostals, who really know how to get down with sparkler pom-poms. Amid the hand waving and hallelujahs Rhoda finds a faith richly practical for life--just in time for some impressive lady problems, an unexpected romance, and a quirky new family. Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? is for people who have a problem with organized religion, but can't quite dismiss the notion of God, and for those who secretly sing hymns in their cars, but prefer a nice mimosa brunch to church. This is the story of what it means to find joy in love, comfort in prayer, and--incredibly, surprisingly--faith in a big-hearted God.

Mennonite Meets Mr. Right

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Mennonite Meets Mr. Right

Mennonite Meets Mr. Right

A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

  • Author: Rhoda Janzen
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1455502898
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family roots, though her future felt uncertain. When this overeducated professor starts dating the most unlikely of men-a weight-liftin', church-goin', truck-drivin' rocker named Mitch-she begins a surprising journey to faith and love. Nothing says, "Let's get to know each other!" like lady problems on an epic scale, but Mitch vows to stay by her side. Convinced that his bedrock character has something to do with his Pentecostal church, Rhoda suits up for a brave new world of sparkler pom-poms and hand-clappin' hallelujahs. Written with her trademark "uproarious, bawdy sense of humor" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), MENNONITE MEETS MR. RIGHT is witty and moving, perfect for anyone who has taken an unexpected detour only to find that new roads lead to rich destinations.

Women's Fiction

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Women's Fiction

Women's Fiction

From 1945 to Today

  • Author: Deborah Philips
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441150226
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 224
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Now in its second edition and with new chapters covering such texts as Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and 'yummy mummy' novels such as Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It, this is a wide-ranging survey of popular women's fiction from 1945 to the present. Examining key trends in popular writing for women in each decade, Women's Fiction offers case study readings of major British and American writers. Through these readings, the book explores how popular texts often neglected by feminist literary criticism have charted the shifting demands, aspirations and expectations of women in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Love Her to Death

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Love Her to Death

Love Her to Death

  • Author: M. William Phelps
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books
  • ISBN: 0786027886
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 480
  • View: 2882
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One of our most engaging crime journalists. --Katherine Ramsland True Love Kills In the midst of Pennsylvania's Amish country, on a peaceful summer night in 2008, the body of 45-year-old Jan Roseboro was found at the bottom of her backyard pool. Her husband Michael, a successful businessman and member of a prominent family, showed no emotion as he learned of her death. But the next day an autopsy revealed Jan had been savagely beaten and strangled before being tossed in the water to drown. Soon Michael's secret lover, pregnant with his child, stepped into the media spotlight. And a horrifying true story of illicit passion, deadly deceit, and cold-blooded murder unfolded. . . Praise for M. William Phelps "One of America's finest true-crime writers."--Vincent Bugliosi "Phelps creates a vivid portrait." --Publishers Weeklyy Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

Vocabulary in Action

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Vocabulary in Action

Vocabulary in Action

Lessons from Great Literacy Teachers

  • Author: Gay Fawcett
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 161048875X
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 127
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This book will take you into the classrooms of great literacy teachers from around the United States who have designed successful vocabulary instruction for their grades K-6 classrooms. Each teacher will share vocabulary routines that he or she uses on a regular basis, including his or her favorite, which you can use as-is or adapt for your own classroom. Through their stories you will be encouraged to examine your vocabulary instruction and consider what you can do to help students who have vocabulary gaps and further enrich the vocabulary of those students who don t."

Faith Shift

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Faith Shift

Faith Shift

Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart

  • Author: Kathy Escobar
  • Publisher: Convergent Books
  • ISBN: 1601425449
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
  • View: 8914
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Hope for spiritual refugees, church burnouts, and freedom seekers. After years of participating in a comfortable faith tradition, many find themselves in a spiritual wilderness, feeling disillusioned with church, longing for more freedom and less religion in their lives. If that describes you, you’re in good company. Countless men and women are in the middle of a shifting faith—and aren’t sure where to turn. But losing beliefs doesn’t mean you have to lose your faith. Pastor, friend, and spiritual director Kathy Escobar has journeyed with many who have experienced significant shifts in the faith they once considered unchangeable. Through their stories and her own, Kathy has discovered that growth and change are natural parts of life in our relationship with God. Filled with honest stories and practical insights, Faith Shift gives language to what many experience as their faith evolves. With an inviting blend of vulnerability and hope, it addresses the losses that come with spiritual shifts and offers tangible practices for rebuilding a free and authentic faith after it unravels. Includes personal reflection and group discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Blush

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Blush

Blush

A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World

  • Author: Shirley Hershey Showalter
  • Publisher: Herald Press (VA)
  • ISBN: 9780836196269
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 271
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"Little Shirley Hershey, named for a movie star, grew up with her nose pressed to the window of the glittering world. Three locations shaped her - a family farm, a country school, and Lititz Mennonite Church. She later became a college president and then a foundation executive, but the rosy-cheeked, barefoot farm girl never quite disappeared"--Publisher's description.

Grand

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Grand

Grand

A Memoir

  • Author: Sara Schaefer
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1982102233
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
  • View: 6374
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For fans of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, comedian and Emmy award–winning writer Sara Schaefer’s hilariously honest memoir follows Sara’s trip through the Grand Canyon with her sister that causes her to reflect on her childhood and the scandal that changed her family forever. When Sara Schaefer is in first grade, her father warns her to always tell the truth because one lie leads to another and soon you will find yourself in a hole you can’t escape. A few years later, the Schaefer family is completely upended when it’s revealed that their grand life is based on a lie. Her parents become pariahs in their upper middle class community and go from non-religious people to devout church members. The idea of good and evil as binary, opposed forces is drilled into Sara and it becomes the perfect framework on which to build her anxiety and increasingly-obsessive thoughts. The year she turns forty, Sara decides to take each member of her family on a one-on-one vacation culminating with a whitewater rafting journey through the Grand Canyon with her younger sister. The only problem is she’s terrified of rafting. Along the way, she grapples with unresolved grief over the death of her mother and the family scandal that changed the trajectory of her life. Heartfelt, candid, and witty, Grand is a story about family, identity, and struggling to make something of yourself. Sara deconstructs her struggles with anxiety and depression, what it means to be a good person, and the radically discordant stories we tell ourselves and share with the world.