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 best-selling 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.
- Sweet book of memories and lessons learned
This book was such a pleasure to listen to. From the very beginning until the very end, Melanie Shankle's words are delightful. She is humorous and relevant as she recounts her past and how each piece has made her into the person she is today. She shares her struggles and pains and the lessons she's learned, that bring you to tears and then the next sentence has you laughing out loud.
The audiobook is read by Melanie as well and her southern accent is so charming and perfectly Texan. She brings you in and you feel like you were living those moments with her.
- AudioFile Review
Author/narrator Melanie Shankle takes a trip down memory lane as she recounts the many simple and ubiquitous daily experiences of her life in light of God's goodness. In presenting her own work, she projects an unpretentious flair and exuberant joy that will immediately engage the listener. With personal touches of emotion, she instructs everyone to quit making life more difficult than it really is. Her laughter at key moments throughout is evidence that the end of the world is not at hand because one's day didn't go as planned. This is one of those rare occurrences when the author's narration makes a great book exponentially better. Her words and her voice coalesce to make a most enjoyable experience. T.D. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine