Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life

Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life

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 b Is my ordinary, everyday life actually significant? Is it okay to be fulfilled by the simple acts of raising ki...

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Title:Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life
Author:Melanie Shankle
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0310348870
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life Reviews

  • Melissa
    Jul 22, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

    I was honored to be chosen to receive an ARC copy of Melanie's newest book. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other 3 memoirs and knew this one would be no different. I laughed (like real LOL), I cried and I resonated with something from each chapter. I love the way she weaves in scripture...

    This is another book destined for my special keeper shelf beside Melanie's previous three books. I love to read Mel's stories. I laugh till I cry and there's usually at least one moment or more that just make me cry in her books and "Church of the Small Things" was no exception. This b...

  • Pam Wildes
    Jul 24, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

    I was honored to be chosen to receive an ARC copy of Melanie's newest book. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other 3 memoirs and knew this one would be no different. I laughed (like real LOL), I cried and I resonated with something from each chapter. I love the way she weaves in scripture...

    This is another book destined for my special keeper shelf beside Melanie's previous three books. I love to read Mel's stories. I laugh till I cry and there's usually at least one moment or more that just make me cry in her books and "Church of the Small Things" was no exception. This b...

    This is my favorite book by Melanie Shankle. She did an amazing job of reminding me to see the value in the small things. There is so much significance in our NORMAL; in our everyday monotonous tasks. These little things build big things. Melanie's writing was a perfect combo of hilari...

    Great book! Loved the concept and the stories. Melanie writes in a way that is hilarious and wonderful and will make you smile, laugh, but also remind your heart of so many things that it needs to hear! Pick up this book! ...

    Melanie Shankle's gift for making you laugh then cry while reading the same page is the reason I keep reading her books! I started writing LOL every time her humor made me laugh throughout the book and there is an LOL on almost every page! Amidst her hilarious stories, the spiritual in...

    I think this may be Melanie's best book ever. It touched on so many aspects of life that I am going through right now in my life. I love her ability to go from spiritual to laughing to crying sometimes in the same paragraph. You are going to want to read this book. I cannot wait to get...

  • Michelle
    Nov 03, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

  • Krista
    Jul 26, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

    I was honored to be chosen to receive an ARC copy of Melanie's newest book. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other 3 memoirs and knew this one would be no different. I laughed (like real LOL), I cried and I resonated with something from each chapter. I love the way she weaves in scripture...

    This is another book destined for my special keeper shelf beside Melanie's previous three books. I love to read Mel's stories. I laugh till I cry and there's usually at least one moment or more that just make me cry in her books and "Church of the Small Things" was no exception. This b...

    This is my favorite book by Melanie Shankle. She did an amazing job of reminding me to see the value in the small things. There is so much significance in our NORMAL; in our everyday monotonous tasks. These little things build big things. Melanie's writing was a perfect combo of hilari...

  • Heather
    Jan 16, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

  • Happyascanb
    Oct 10, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

  • Stephanie
    Feb 20, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

  • Beth Schneider
    Oct 08, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

  • Sarah
    Jan 31, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

  • Alice Teets
    Jul 23, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

  • Stacy
    Oct 12, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

  • Sarah
    Nov 01, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

  • Debbie
    Aug 01, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

  • Lisa
    Feb 01, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

  • Laurie
    Oct 02, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

  • Celeste
    Nov 28, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

  • Jamie
    Aug 28, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

  • Krystal
    Apr 13, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

  • Melissa Henderson
    Jul 31, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

  • Loraine Nunley
    Feb 15, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

  • Amy
    Jul 27, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

    I was honored to be chosen to receive an ARC copy of Melanie's newest book. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other 3 memoirs and knew this one would be no different. I laughed (like real LOL), I cried and I resonated with something from each chapter. I love the way she weaves in scripture...

  • Dixie
    Nov 07, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

  • Cristina Melvin
    Feb 09, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

  • Megan
    Jul 22, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

    I was honored to be chosen to receive an ARC copy of Melanie's newest book. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other 3 memoirs and knew this one would be no different. I laughed (like real LOL), I cried and I resonated with something from each chapter. I love the way she weaves in scripture...

    This is another book destined for my special keeper shelf beside Melanie's previous three books. I love to read Mel's stories. I laugh till I cry and there's usually at least one moment or more that just make me cry in her books and "Church of the Small Things" was no exception. This b...

    This is my favorite book by Melanie Shankle. She did an amazing job of reminding me to see the value in the small things. There is so much significance in our NORMAL; in our everyday monotonous tasks. These little things build big things. Melanie's writing was a perfect combo of hilari...

    Great book! Loved the concept and the stories. Melanie writes in a way that is hilarious and wonderful and will make you smile, laugh, but also remind your heart of so many things that it needs to hear! Pick up this book! ...

    Melanie Shankle's gift for making you laugh then cry while reading the same page is the reason I keep reading her books! I started writing LOL every time her humor made me laugh throughout the book and there is an LOL on almost every page! Amidst her hilarious stories, the spiritual in...

    I think this may be Melanie's best book ever. It touched on so many aspects of life that I am going through right now in my life. I love her ability to go from spiritual to laughing to crying sometimes in the same paragraph. You are going to want to read this book. I cannot wait to get...

    The stories of the 70's and 80's that Melanie uses bring me back to my childhood. Her reminder to live out your own story and not someone else's story by constantly living in th world of comparison is timely and much needed. Her humor and story telling ability is top notch. I can't wai...

  • Mindy
    Jan 31, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

  • Carrie Montanez
    Aug 02, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

  • Chris Mara
    Feb 11, 2018

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

  • Erica Fleeman
    Jul 23, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

    I was honored to be chosen to receive an ARC copy of Melanie's newest book. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other 3 memoirs and knew this one would be no different. I laughed (like real LOL), I cried and I resonated with something from each chapter. I love the way she weaves in scripture...

    This is another book destined for my special keeper shelf beside Melanie's previous three books. I love to read Mel's stories. I laugh till I cry and there's usually at least one moment or more that just make me cry in her books and "Church of the Small Things" was no exception. This b...

    This is my favorite book by Melanie Shankle. She did an amazing job of reminding me to see the value in the small things. There is so much significance in our NORMAL; in our everyday monotonous tasks. These little things build big things. Melanie's writing was a perfect combo of hilari...

    Great book! Loved the concept and the stories. Melanie writes in a way that is hilarious and wonderful and will make you smile, laugh, but also remind your heart of so many things that it needs to hear! Pick up this book! ...

    Melanie Shankle's gift for making you laugh then cry while reading the same page is the reason I keep reading her books! I started writing LOL every time her humor made me laugh throughout the book and there is an LOL on almost every page! Amidst her hilarious stories, the spiritual in...

  • Katelyn Roskamp
    Jul 26, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...

    Not as good as ? Nobody?s cuter than you?, but was enjoyable, nonetheless. ...

    If you graduated high school in the 80?s, this is a must-read. Melanie hilariously reminds us of all things 80?s, while gently prompting us to value the small things in life. I listened to the audiobook, but I would recommend reading the book itself because the witty remarks lost s...

    This is such a wonderful and profound novel that will make you laugh out loud while teaching some of life's greatest lessons. I couldn't recommend it enough. ...

    So good! Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite authors, and this book was yet another amazing read. I cried, I laughed, and I closed this book wanting nothing more than to celebrate life's little moments. Great book! ...

    I was honored to be chosen to receive an ARC copy of Melanie's newest book. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other 3 memoirs and knew this one would be no different. I laughed (like real LOL), I cried and I resonated with something from each chapter. I love the way she weaves in scripture...

    This is another book destined for my special keeper shelf beside Melanie's previous three books. I love to read Mel's stories. I laugh till I cry and there's usually at least one moment or more that just make me cry in her books and "Church of the Small Things" was no exception. This b...

    This is my favorite book by Melanie Shankle. She did an amazing job of reminding me to see the value in the small things. There is so much significance in our NORMAL; in our everyday monotonous tasks. These little things build big things. Melanie's writing was a perfect combo of hilari...

    Great book! Loved the concept and the stories. Melanie writes in a way that is hilarious and wonderful and will make you smile, laugh, but also remind your heart of so many things that it needs to hear! Pick up this book! ...

  • Elisa McKay
    Aug 03, 2017

    My friends rave about Melanie, but this book was my introduction to her writing. I heard her on a podcast and loved what she had to say, so I was excited to read her book. And now that I?ve read it, I?m...confused. Maybe it?s because I?m not in my mid-forties raising a teenager...

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up. Melanie Spankle is such an entertaining storyteller. I?m not the biggest fan of nonfiction in general or memoirs in particular, but she has a way of spinning a tale that makes me laugh and think. This book was her thoughts on a variety of di...

    Wow, what an amazing book. I've never read any of Melanie's books before. I'm so glad I was chosen to receive an advanced copy. (Thanks Julie for entering me!!!) I got tears in my eyes and I also laughed OUTLOUD! Melanie is beyond witty and humorous! Being a fitness instructor had me r...

    I suspect it might be a personal rule of Melanie Shankle's to never use an exclamation point. And this is what I love about her! (See what I did there?) And because of that, with every book and blogpost she writes, I feel like I am having a conversation with a dry-witted friend who hap...

    ?The true joy of life is found in the every day.? Nowadays we are all moving too fast and have many distractions in our lives that we forget to reflect on the small everyday accomplishments. Yet they are so very important. It?s the true basis of who we are. This little ha...

    3.5/4 stars While the book was a fast read, it wasn't the best I've read from Shankle. She wrote each chapter almost as a stand alone vignette (the million little pieces). Lots of laugh out loud stories, especially if you were a product of the 70s and 80s. The chapter wrap up lists ...

    I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love this book. I promise you I am not just saying that because I got it for free. I think the author and I could be friends if we both could get past our introvert tendencies and actually make an...

    What can I say y?all ? I?m a big fan of Melanie Shankle. I mean, we both love Jesus, books, tacos and have a soft spot for Texas. That?s a bond Internet. Her blog and her podcast (with Boo Mama) are some of my favorite things. I?ve laughed and I?ve cried (emphasis on the la...

    I really enjoyed this inspiring memoir. It's not about a life of huge accomplishments, but a reminder that life is made up of little moments. Some are moments where we show up and do what needs to be done and others are moments where we just need to be still and appreciate the precious...

    I loved this book because Melanie and I were obviously separated at birth given we had the EXACT same childhood. I literally laughed out loud in public while reading this but since I survived the same decades as the author, I had zero shame. Most importantly, I needed the message to ap...

    This was an enjoyable read. What a lovely sense of humor this author has. I found myself laughing out loud while I read it. There was also a very touching chapter that had me tearing up. Overall I thought this was a good way to remind us that God uses the little things to work in our l...

    So, this was not my favorite book by Melanie. She does really well with story telling - which I think was missing from this book. Since she didn?t have a narrative arc that she was telling from Chapter 1 to Chapter 27, a lot of chapters seemed to ramble. This was also the first book ...

    Each and every moment of life can have profound effect on us and on others. In this book, the author shares experiences that made me laugh and made me cry. I also saw myself in many of the situations she shares about. I kept saying, "Me, too, me, too!" This is a fantastic book of perso...

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this..so many parallels to my life growing up in the 70s/80s. Reading this is like having an easy conversation with an old friend; no pretensions, just very "real". ...

    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. ? ...

    3.5/4 stars. I have read all of her books, and this one wasn?t my favorite. It was good, an easy read. ...

    I thought this book was just ok - I listened to Melanie on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, and was interested. Her style was similar to Jen's - where it just feels like you are having a conversation with a friend, however I didn't find her quite as relatable, or quite as funny or inspiring. It...

    I was 50 pages away from finishing but didn?t feel paying library late charges was worth the finish. I enjoyed a few chapters, and she had some good food for thought within those pages, but the middle on consisted of some random stories. Just an ok book. ...

    This book made me laugh & cry. It reminds you to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the life you are currently living. It was beautifully written! Love! ...