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Stirring a pot of soup, working in a cubicle, packing bag lunches for the kids -- meaning and significance can be found in mundane moments! With humorous stories about Frito pie, best friends, endless summers, and unexpected grace, Shankle opens your eyes to the countless ordinary times in life that are precious and sacred.
Number of Pages: 224
|Publication Date: 2017|
The Church of the Small Things, Participants GuideMelanie ShankleZondervan / 2017 / Trade Paperback$7.79 Retail:
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Is my ordinary, everyday life actually significant? Is it okay to be fulfilled by the simple acts of raising kids, working in an office, and cooking chicken for dinner?
Its been said, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away." The pressure of that can be staggering as we spend our days looking for that big thing that promises to take our breath away. Meanwhile, we lose sight of the small significance of fully living with every breath we take.
Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog tackles these questions head on in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one.
The million little pieces that make a life arent necessarily glamorous or far-reaching. But God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulnessand sometimes they look a whole lot like packing lunch.
Through humorous stories told in her signature style, full of Frito pie, best friends, the love of her Me-Ma and Pa-Pa, the unexpected grace that comes when we quit trying to measure up, and a little of the best TV has to offer, Melanie helps women embrace what it means to live a simple, yet incredibly meaningful life and how to find all the beauty and laughter that lies right beneath the surface of every moment.
Melanie Shankle writes regularly at The Big Mama Blog and is the New York Times bestselling author of three books, including Nobodys Cuter Than You. Her Trade book The Church of Small Things is set to release on 09/13/2017. She is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see whats on sale at Anthropologie, and trying to find the lighter side in every situation. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, the wife of her husband, Perry, and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. The five of them live in San Antonio.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Cover; Sweet TributesJanuary 10, 2018JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I absolutely love the cover of Melanie Shankle's new book, Church of the Small Things. I loved the concept described on the back cover, too. "In Church of the Small Things, Melanie Shankle reminds us that God does extraordinary things in our most mundane moments of faithfulness. Through her hilarious reflections on being a mom, wife, and writer, Melanie helps us embrace a meaningful life as we find the beauty and the laughter that lie right beneath the surface of every ordinary, incredible day." Those were the words that inspired me to order a complimentary review copy of this book from the BookLook Blogger program.
In reality, though, the book was much more memoir than message, and I found this disappointing. Some of Melanie's stories were hilarious; others were sad or touching. The book is filled with sweet tributes to several of her extended family members and friends. Life lessons, both silly and serious, are scattered here and there. Melanie reminds me of Erma Bombeck, a writer whose books I found fascinating when I was in junior high. I believed she was giving me a glimpse into the mysterious world of grown-ups. She was really helping her readers to not take their lives so seriously, inviting them to laugh with her at life; Melanie does the same with a touch of inspiration and encouragement. Fans of this type of writing will enjoy her book.
Jen PenMidwest5 Stars Out Of 5Another excellent book from a favorite author...November 1, 2017Jen PenMidwestQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5SUMMARY:
New York Times bestselling author and blogger at The Big Mama Blog, Melanie Shankle in her new book, Church of the Small Things, shares her personal little moments that add up to so much more. Wondering if those small things really matter, she tackles the tough questions while she journeys to a more content place in life. Taking the time to ponder and enjoy, in her witty and honest manner and style of writing, Melanie reveals her experiences growing up which shaped her while offering hope, encouragement and a deeper message.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
While expecting something a bit different from this book due to the title, I was not at all disappointed to find the message portrayed within. Nodding my head in agreement so many times while laughing out loud, there were also some heart-aching moments sprinkled throughout. With her usual humor, Melanie Shankle writes an easy to read, relatable and uplifting book that caused me to stop, smile and enjoy the small moments that contribute to my overall busy life. A truly down-to-earth, faith-filled book from a favorite author, I knew I would enjoy this book having read her previous books. Definitely a book I will recommend and reread as the depth intermingles beautifully with the funny.
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Church of the Small Things from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5LOVE!!!October 17, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Church of the Small Things is just as perfect as Melanie's first 3 books, although I think I cried more reading this one! I love her conversational tone because it makes Melanie seem like a dear friend I've known for years (which I would love to happen in real life!). Church of the Small Things shows us that life isn't all BIG gestures, BIG moments, BIG accomplishments. The best parts of life are in the everyday, routine things we do to show others we care about them and love them. I highly recommend Church of the Small Things!
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Do Not Miss This One!October 12, 2017ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read somewhere between thirty and fifty books a year. Some I barely get through, others I like enough to give away to a friend, and I genuinely love only a few. Church of the Small Things falls in the LOVE category without a doubt. Melanie Shankle is hilarious, and I feel like we might be long-lost friends. I laughed so much reading this book, much to the chagrin of my trying to sleep husband.
Church of the Small Things is a memoir type book with reflection sprinkled throughout. Even if memoir isnt your thing, this book will be. My favorite few lines I highlighted I might just frame and hang somewhere I will be sure to see often. Melanie says in her introduction:
A life is not made from one thing, one big moment, or one huge success. Its created moment by moment, often with pieces that dont look like anything beautiful on their own but are the very fabric of who God meant for us to become as we pack lunches, raise kids, love our neighbors, and simply be who he created us to be nothing more, nothing less.
It would be a mistake to have you believe this entire book is that serious. It totally isnt. However, it reaffirmed for me the importance of the people around me. How I should love them fiercely, and treasure them while they are here. Also, that dreams are worth chasing, and friendship is worth the investment. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher and BookLookBloggers. I wouldnt be honest if I didnt disclose that I sought this book out. I knew I wanted to read it and so i went hunting. I was not compensated and I was not required to write a positive review.
smiliejen4 Stars Out Of 5It's the small things that mean the most in lifeOctober 5, 2017smiliejenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life" is a gem. Melanie has a way of stirring up memories in her readers that leaves them in tears or in fits of laughter. We are all so busy that we tend to forget the small things in life and to miss them as we trudge through life working towards the next big thing. She makes us realize that the little moments in our lives are truly the most special and the ones that will mean the most. Times shared with grandparents, doing the faithful, mundane tasks in our everyday lives pouring into our families and loved ones that often go unnoticed. Melanie reminds us that God created us each uniquely with our own gifts to make this world better and that we should not compare ourselves to others because they were created with their own gifts to serve their specific God given purpose in life too and how we should embrace the fact that we are all different.
One of my favorite quotes is "God puts dreams, both big and small, in our hearts for a reason. And it's no coincidence that our dreams most often line up with the gifts he has given us." ~ Melanie Shankle
And a funny quote moms can relate to: "The laundry will cause your soul to shrivel up and die because it's a battle you can't win." ~ Melanie Shankle
I was blessed to receive an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.