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Rhoda Janzen

Author, Poet, & Professor

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 Rhoda Janzen Biography

Rhoda Janzen is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. In 2010 Mennonite was a finalist for the James Thurber Award for Humor, and is currently a nominee for the Lily Fellows Foundation’s Arlin G. Meyer Prize for Imaginative Writing 2012.

Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

Not long after Janzen turned 40, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, she packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family’s home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Her good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.)

At the end of 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. Her latest release, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?, chronicles what happened next and how it led to more self discovery.

Janzen 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 Janzen 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.

Janzen is also the author of Babel’s Stair, a collection of poems. She has won many teaching awards, including UCLA’s Luckman Award for Distinguished Teaching and the National Pew Charitable Trust Award for Innovation in Teaching.

A cancer survivor, Janzen is a motivational speaker who addresses topics of wellbeing, faith, and personal growth, as well as topics involving literature, the writing life, canonicity, and popular culture.

She lives in Western Michigan with her husband.

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Rhoda Janzen

Author, Poet, & Professor

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Rhoda Janzen Biography

Rhoda Janzen is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. In 2010 Mennonite was a finalist for the James Thurber Award for Humor, and is currently a nominee for the Lily Fellows Foundation’s Arlin G. Meyer Prize for Imaginative Writing 2012.

Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

Not long after Janzen turned 40, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, she packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family’s home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Her good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.)

At the end of 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. Her latest release, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?, chronicles what happened next and how it led to more self discovery.

Janzen 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 Janzen 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.

Janzen is also the author of Babel’s Stair, a collection of poems. She has won many teaching awards, including UCLA’s Luckman Award for Distinguished Teaching and the National Pew Charitable Trust Award for Innovation in Teaching.

A cancer survivor, Janzen is a motivational speaker who addresses topics of wellbeing, faith, and personal growth, as well as topics involving literature, the writing life, canonicity, and popular culture.

She lives in Western Michigan with her husband.

FAQs on booking Rhoda Janzen

  • How to book Rhoda Janzen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rhoda Janzen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rhoda Janzen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rhoda Janzen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rhoda Janzen?

    Booking fees for Rhoda Janzen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rhoda Janzen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rhoda Janzen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rhoda Janzen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rhoda Janzen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rhoda Janzen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rhoda Janzen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rhoda Janzen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rhoda Janzen for your event is available upon request. Rhoda Janzen generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Larry Levin, Trish Ryan, Irene Spencer, Pam Cope and Stacy Schiff. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rhoda Janzen for an upcoming event.

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