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Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn Paperback – February 8, 2013
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To properly review this book, you have to hear some back story. When my husband and I came home from the mission field in 2008, we were both angry and burned out and basically didn't want to be around people. He went back into the secular workforce, I applied for jobs (with no luck) and stayed at home, trying to figure out ways to kill time. And then I discovered blogs (this was in early 2009). One of the blogs I discovered was the Big Mama Blog - Melanie's blog. And slowly, daily, I looked forward to sipping my coffee and reading her blog and laughing. She doesn't know me, and she probably never will, but I'm thankful for the fact that she made me laugh, and brought humor to her blog, making trips to Target into side-splitting stories. She and I are very different in many, many ways, but her humor clicked with mine and slowly made me remember that life really was fun.
You don't have to have read her blog to find the same humor in this book. I really didn't know what to expect when I picked it up (finally!), but what I didn't realize was that it was the story of motherhood. I am not a mother, have never wanted to be a mother, have been happily married for 14 years without desiring motherhood, and yet I connected with this book and her stories in so many ways. As God is moving in my life, I see parallels to Melanie's story, and I see the humor in my own. Read her chapter on Caroline saying her mouth feels funny and you might reconsider any desire you ever had to be a parent. Read the final chapter about four year old kisses, and you'll wonder why you've waited so long.
Well written, well edited (trust me, that's rare!), and well worth the time to BUY and read.
I felt the book lost momentum a little as it reached the end. Although Melanie wrapped things up in a very positive and quite lovely way, it lost a little of that special spark contained in the rest of the book. Even so, for anyone who is planning a family, has a child, or has been through the whole experience, this is well worth the read. Quite delightful at times.
The book does relate the author's Christian faith, but not in an overly heavy way. In fact, Melanie managed to balance communicating her faith while still being very real. She has a style of communication that relates very well to the reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have anxiously awaited this book since the first I heard of it being in progress, since the Big Mama blog is one of my daily moments of me-time. What a great book!Published 14 days ago by Hunter Stewart
Loved it! Easy Read! Relatable! Laugh out loud funny! I felt like the whole book a great conversation with a good friend!Published 22 days ago by Skay
Sparkly Green Earrings is an enlightening read about motherhood. Filled with humor and emotion Melanie shares with the readers stories about being a mom. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amelia
Melanie is equal parts hilarious and poignant. It's easy to relate to her stories and feel as though you're drinking coffee with her as you read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. ahrens
Although I’m sure her blog is funny, when such content is translated into a memoir, it comes across as superficial and contrived. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ME
I loved this book. Melanie's writing makes me laugh...outloud...a lot! This memoir about her little girl was just perfect as I am in the midst of raising my own two little guys. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicki Glenn
I am in love with this author. She is hilarious and down right funny.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the book for its sweet moments and constant pointing to God's grace. It made my heart smile and reflect on my own mothering.Published 3 months ago by Megan Adkins