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Unabridged audio CD.
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: Zondervan on Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 5.50 X 5.00 X 0.75 (inches)|
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?
It’s 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 aren’t necessarily glamorous or far-reaching. But God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulness—and 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.
Red Head CookGaston, ORAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Funny, relatable, easy to listen toOctober 4, 2017Red Head CookGaston, ORAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melanie Shankle knows how to tell a good, funny story. This is her fourth book and no exception. While it is fun to read Melanie's books, my favorite way to enjoy her work is by listening to it -- her Texas accent, the inflections... it's worth having the audio copy. I appreciate that this book takes the time to celebrate the difference the seemingly small things can make -- time spent with parents and grandparents, involvement in youth groups and short term missions trips, helping kids with homework, conversations at dinnertime... It's all real life, including some humorous stories about exercise, autocorrect, and pets. Through it all is the theme that nothing is wasted. God can and does use all of it. It's a good reminder of the importance of showing up faithfully each day to do what can feel tedious or unimportant, because that is really what life is about and where God is at work. If you're looking for an easy-to-listen-to book with funny, relatable stories and poignant reminders, Church of the Small Things will definitely not disappoint. I received an advance copy from the publisher and this is my honest opinion. I have already bought an additional copy to give to a friend.