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Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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Shankle (Nobody’s Cuter Than You), writer for The Big Mama Blog, thinks life is simpler than people make it. Through 19 rip-roaring chapters on the pains and foibles of everyday life, readers will laugh at Shankle’s self-deprecating account of her many mishaps and misunderstandings, including the struggle to find a job after college, learning to live with a pristine white couch she was afraid to sully, redoubling her efforts to work exercise into her daily routine, and trying to find a doggy day care for her two renegade pups. Shankle revisits her childhood in later chapters, which allows her to dip into more serious matters such as her parents’ divorce, how she made time to spend with her grandparents, and her evolving relationship with her younger sister. Fans of Martha Bolton will find much of the same wit and levity in Shankle’s writing. Most chapters close with a “Small Things” list that begins with a quote and includes lessons and reminders gleaned from the theme of the chapter. Shankle’s winsome book will be well-received by Christian readers looking to be more conscientious in everyday life. (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Melanie Shankle writes regularly at The Big Mama blog and is the New York Times bestselling author of three previous books, including Nobody’s Cuter than You. Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what’s 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 Perry, and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. The five of them live in San Antonio, Texas.
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I truly loved this book. In fact, I'll be reading it again- I want to go back and mark the passages that have touched my heart and mean so much to me. Well done, Melanie!
Having said that, I am glad that I read her book. There are some beautiful chapters that give more detail than her blog. Since she has moved to more podcasts and less blog posts, it was nice to read her words but I don’t think this is the book that I will reread (I reread her other books yearly!).
But this book, oh my goodness!!!!
This book spoke directly to my heart!
This book will encourage you, It will lift you up.
It will also make you stop in your tracks and reflect on what you are doing in your own life.
Are you missing the small things?
Knowing that I am not the only introvert who would rather die than be the center of attention, who suffered in agony the growing out period of some particularly bad 9th grade bangs, remembering the shredding (pun intended) pain of the great Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred of 2008, feeling more normal because my life is also run by a pack of crazy, wonderful dogs and most importantly taking that beautiful trip down memory lane because my beloved grandparents were exactly the same...
All the while being reminded that every single precious memory is just a small, simple detail in my life.
It really is the million small things that make up a life.
You will love this book!
I️ recommend this book to any woman (really any person) that sometimes feels blinded and trapped by this culture we live in and is unable to see or feel God in the day to day. Melanie reminds us of what we learned as children in church, God is everywhere and in everything. He calls us to be faithful in every little thing we do. He calls us to trust that He is captain of the ship and we just need to do our job and He’ll get us wherever it is He wants to take us.
Melanie, Thank you for writing such a beautiful book (and accompanying Bible study) and for sharing your life and your heart with your readers. Not only are you a beautiful writer but a gifted teacher as well.
Hidden in the middle of all that laughter and stories that brought a tear was so much biblical truth.
Not once in my whole life and most of that has been in the church, have I given one thought to the mother of the boy who brought the fish and bread lunch. Without her that story wouldn't have happened. As a SAHM to 4 kids I so often feel forgotten or less then. That what I do doesn't matter at all. But it does and God is using this book to help remind me that these small things I do really do matter in the big picture.