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Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn

Tyndale House / 2013 / Paperback

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Written in the familiar style of her blog, "Big Mama," Sparkly Green Earrings is Melanie Shankle's quirky memoir of motherhood. Hilarious and heartwarming from a mother who's still trying to figure it all out, her personal stories will cause you to laugh out loud and perhaps even weep. Her faith in God sparkles throughout her writings. Entertaining and uplifting!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414371713
ISBN-13: 9781414371719
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“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.”

This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.

Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it.

Endorsements

I love Melanie Shankle. She is a beautiful conglomeration of so many things I appreciate, and each of them is obvious in these pages. She's profoundly insightful, witty, relatable, wide open, and passionate about Jesus. She likes people, and I like that in a person. In this book, Melanie lives her life with us and invites us to live our lives with her. Relish this ride, sister! You won't be sorry you took it.
--Beth Moore, New York Times bestselling author and Bible study teacher

What happens when you read a book that's one part Blue Like Jazz, one part Anita Renfroe, and two parts Big Mama? You laugh too loud, nod till your neck hurts, and throw your hands up with a relieved yes! Simply put: I love Melanie Shankle, and every page of this book shimmers with her fabulous voice, honest hilarity, and the light of a Savior that makes even the wackiest, hardest days of motherhood somehow glimmer with something grand. Sparkly Green Earrings - the perfect accessory to be dazzled by grace and more than a glint of God.
--Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of the One Thousand Gifts

Melanie has the rare gift of making you embarrass yourself laughing while considering the deeper undertones of each story. I don't know a mama who would say that parenting is exactly what she thought it would be all the time. It's a delicate dance we do, this balancing of the ordinary and the holy, and often we get it wrong. The ability to pull the humanity out and examine it in the wake of what really matters is not an easy task, but it's one Melanie has done exquisitely. As writers, we pray our words string together in a way that connects our flesh to the Storyteller, and I'm so honored to have my endorsement on a book that does that as well as this one does. I dare you to read it without laughing, without seeing your own life embedded in its corners. You're in for a journey with a beautiful woman who, in my estimation, has a lot more light catching to do around a million more turns. Her wit, humility, and true writing ability will make you want to chase her as she goes.
--Angie Smith, Author of I Will Carry You and What Women Fear

In her memoir, Melanie uses an irresistible combination of dab the-corner-of-your-eye emotion and laugh-so-loud-you-scare-the-cat humor. Every chapter of Sparkly Green Earrings - actually, every page - is a splendid journey through sudden, side-splitting laughter and utterly relatable tears...and back to laughter again. She captures every fear, crazy notion, nervous breakdown, and desperate moment of new motherhood so expertly and hilariously that I actually wondered if she'd tapped into my memory of having my first child. And all throughout the book, as Caroline grows and starts school (and has a very short stint in Brownies), Melanie establishes just how much her faith has guided and propelled her through this miraculous privilege known as motherhood. Her memoir is nothing short of a delight.
--Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Melanies writing is insightful, hilarious, and full of encouragement for the journey. Sparkly Green Earrings is refreshment for the soul. For all the reasons thousands of people love her blog, you will be smitten with her book. Mostly because you will fall in love with Melanie through its pages, and more important, with the God she serves.
--Kelly Minter, Bible study author, writer, and speaker

Meet the Author

Melanie Shankle


Melanie Shankle was in fourth grade when her teacher asked her to read a story she had written to the entire class. Even though that story now seems a little silly and simplistic, it made the students in Mrs. Rice's homeroom laugh out loud, and a little dream began in Melanie's heart - a dream to use words to make people laugh. more

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  1. Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Giggle on Every Page
    September 26, 2013
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sparkly Green Earrings is a tremendous book! The writing will make you seriously laugh out loud, cry and then laugh again. Melanie Shankle has an incredible way of making the everyday life of a mom extraordinary. This is a book I'd buy for every mom-to-be, new mom, and experienced mom from this time forward. It's a joyful journey into motherhood. There were many times I had to read entire chapters to my husband because he wanted to know what was making me laugh so hard! She always brings her analogies back to the heart of God and makes each story applicable to every women longing to live for Jesus. I absolutely loved it!
  2. Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun easy read for Moms in the midst of chaos
    August 30, 2013
    Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Sparkly Green Earrings is a wonderful memoir by Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog and a regular contributor to ThePioneerWoman.com. She is fun and witty as she recounts her experiences with getting pregnant and having her first child. She talks about the infant years, preschool, expectations of other parents, and how becoming a mom changed her. She has a wonderful sense of humor and is candid and honest about her journey as a mom.

    Chapter titles include "I Wanted My Epidural in the First Trimester", "That Time I Didn't Sleep for Four Years" and "Potty Training:Bringing People to Their Knees Since Forever". She recalls incidents where she went crazy and to great expense creating a shoebox float for a yearly celebration for her daughter's preschool and it ended up being paled in comparison to other parents crazy creations. This is a great, fun, easy read that will have you laughing right along with her. I really enjoyed how honest she was and how much I could relate to her stories. As a mom, I really liked this book.
  3. mduncan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun read
    August 22, 2013
    mduncan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was written much like a blog, but it was very good. It was a light, easy, fun read that had me laughing pretty much the whole way through. The book was very relatable. I loved this book and will be recommending it to others.
  4. i blog 4 books
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Charming Memoir
    August 3, 2013
    i blog 4 books
    I'm not a mother, and I don't know if or when I ever will be. However, Sparkly Green Earrings still resonated with me. Yes, it's a book about "motherhood," but it's so much more than that. It's really about relationships and friendships and trusting God when we don't know why things happen like they do. It's about growing up and growing out of our selfish tendencies so that we become more like Christ each and every day.

    Melanie has a special gift for writing about her personal life experiences in a way that still strikes a chord with readers. I found my eyes misting over as she talked about her miscarriage, and then mere paragraphs later (not even the next chapter!) I was guffawing loudly enough for Hubs to roll over and ask what was wrong. (I have GOT to stop reading in bed after my husband has already fallen asleep!!!)

    This is an incredibly charming book, one I am happy to recommend! [5 stars]
  5. luvs to cook
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hilarious book on raising a daughter
    July 27, 2013
    luvs to cook
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are feeling overwhelmed by life or need a lift, this book is for you. Melanie Shankle pokes fun at everything from using eight pregnancy tests to verify her pregnancy to a year later going to the dentist hoping she'd have a cavity so she could get some sleep while he was filling her tooth. When Caroline was two, Melanie sat on a swing with a little dried bird poop on it. When Caroline wanted to switch swings and she saw the swing Melanie had been on, she said in her loudest voice, "Mama! Did you poop in your swing?" And then there was the Thanksgiving Caroline had the stomach flu and managed to cover Melanie not once but about a dozen times. As you laugh through each situation and there were numerous, Melanie pointed to Jesus, the one who loves us unconditionally and doesn't make mistakes. It truly is a fun book to read.
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