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Church of the small things : the million little pieces that make up a life / Melanie Shankle.
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]

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222 pages ; 22 cm
Foreword / Give me a Casual Corner suit and get out of my way -- How Walmart and a Frito Pie made all the difference -- Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a Naugahyde sofa -- Se habla Van Halen? -- Why a Trans Am might be overrated -- The dirty truth of a white couch -- Forty is not the new thirty -- Bangs, bangs, you're dead -- So you think you can parent -- Fish, frogs, crabs, and a farm of lies -- True tales of canine delinquents -- The glamorous life of a writer -- To exercise or not to exercise? That's not a real question -- Autocorrect is the Devil -- The leader of the band -- Baby sister -- Dodging a bullet -- When life is a mixture of sweet and sad -- Beyond measure.
The author celebrates, with her trademark stories and humor, the wonder of the many small moments in life that add up to make a big difference and ultimately shape the person we become.
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Is my ordinary, everyday life actually significant? Is it okay to be fulfilled by the simple acts of raising kids, working in an office, and cooking chicken for dinner?

It's been said, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away." The pressure of that can be staggering as we spend our days looking for that big thing that promises to take our breath away. Meanwhile, we lose sight of the small significance of fully living with every breath we take.

Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog tackles these questions head on in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one.

The million little pieces that make a life aren't necessarily glamorous or far-reaching. But God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulness--and sometimes they look a whole lot like packing lunch.

Through humorous stories told in her signature style, full of Frito pie, best friends, the love of her Me-Ma and Pa-Pa, the unexpected grace that comes when we quit trying to measure up, and a little of the best TV has to offer, Melanie helps women embrace what it means to live a simple, yet incredibly meaningful life and how to find all the beauty and laughter that lies right beneath the surface of every moment.

Author Notes

Melanie Shankle began writing a blog called TheBigMamaBlog in July 2005. In addition to her blog, Shankle writes a quarterly column for the popular online magazine Praise and Coffee, is a regular contributor to the Pioneer Woman's blog, and serves as co-administrator and writer for LifeWay Women's AllAccess blog. She has written two nonfiction books that have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn and The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life. Her latest work is entitled, Nobbody's Cuter than You: A Memoir of the Beauty of Friendship.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Shankle (Nobody's Cuter Than You), writer for The Big Mama Blog, thinks life is simpler than people make it. Through 19 rip-roaring chapters on the pains and foibles of everyday life, readers will laugh at Shankle's self-deprecating account of her many mishaps and misunderstandings, including the struggle to find a job after college, learning to live with a pristine white couch she was afraid to sully, redoubling her efforts to work exercise into her daily routine, and trying to find a doggy day care for her two renegade pups. Shankle revisits her childhood in later chapters, which allows her to dip into more serious matters such as her parents' divorce, how she made time to spend with her grandparents, and her evolving relationship with her younger sister. Fans of Martha Bolton will find much of the same wit and levity in Shankle's writing. Most chapters close with a "Small Things" list that begins with a quote and includes lessons and reminders gleaned from the theme of the chapter. Shankle's winsome book will be well-received by Christian readers looking to be more conscientious in everyday life. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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