I received this book as an ARC from Library Thing and upon receiving it I thought to myself I will just read it sometime in the future.I flipped to the first page as a I sometimes do to see if the book would catch my interest and boy did it ever.I began reading and after the first few words I was hooked and had read half the book by bedtime and finished it the next day.
Rhoda Janzen is a wonderful writer who writes with the wit/truth of Anne Lamott about the ever day life we all experience and about the spiritual doubts and triumphs that we all face going through life.
I didn't grow up Mennonite but who knew that growing up in the South as a Conservative Baptist would be very much like the Mennonite way.I identified with her as she went to school and ate out of her Shame Based Lunch pail and how her mother was the Queen of Frugality.I also could clearly identify with the use of food as a tonic in time of death or hardship as this is the Southern Way too. This book will is laugh out loud funny, tender and truthful. In reading Rhoda's book I felt as though I was reading letters or emails from an old friend.
In a nutshell this book is a laugh out loud funny,tender memoir that we can all identify with and will make us smile.I know while it may be true you can never go home again I also know that in small towns and religious communities they will always accept you back with open arms and love.
...with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud."Vernon Howard, 1918-1992American Author and Spiritual Teacher