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

  • Michelle
    Nov 03, 2017

    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...

    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...

  • Heather
    Jan 16, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Beth Schneider
    Oct 08, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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". ...

  • Alice Teets
    Jul 23, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sarah
    Nov 01, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Laurie
    Oct 02, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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

    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...

  • Melissa Henderson
    Jul 31, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

  • Dixie
    Nov 07, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...