Saturday, September 23, 2017

On My Nightstand: Church of the Small Things (Book Review)

Hi, Friends!

I hope this blog post finds you doing fabulously well and not clinging for dear life to the glorious fact that fall break is now just five days away...
so close...
oh, friends....
we're soooooo close!!

I mentioned last month that one of the highlights of my summer was serving on a launch team for Melanie Shankle's newest book coming out on October 3rd, Church of the Small Things.

(you can pre-order now on churchofthesmallthings.com and on Amazon).

(I can wait...go ahead...) 😉




If you're not familiar with Melanie, she is the author of Big Mama Blog (so, SO funny) and three delightful books: Sparkly Green Earrings, The Antelope in the Living Room, and Nobody's Cuter Than You (also SO wonderful and funny).

When I started this one, I really didn't think I could possibly love a Melanie Shankle book more than the ones I had already read (because what other book have you read that caused you to sing vintage Diet Pepsi jingle for weeks?)...the bar was already so high!

But this book, oh my goodness!!!!

This book spoke directly to my heart!



I really had a hard time composing a blog post about this book because I enjoyed it SO much, I was afraid I couldn't tell about it without spoiling all the good parts! So, I decided to keep my review short & sweet (which is a lot like this precious book).

There were so many parts that I loved in this one, lots of growing up moments and parenting moments that I could totally relate to (because I have done the very same stupid things myself).

My most favorite parts were Melanie’s reflections of her childhood growing up (a child of the 70's & 80's). I absolutely loved the stories she shared of spending time with her grandparents, Big Bob and Nanny. Her memories (and pop culture references) were so funny and precious (and so similar to the times I spent with my own grandparents).

None of these things were big, they were just simple stories of little things that she remembered about that part of her life. But looking back as she did, it became clear that all those small, everyday things really were the BIG things!




Another part that I loved was a chapter on parenting
(titled "So You Think You Can Parent"). 😏

This particular page in the book stood out to me so profoundly because parenting high school students with a phone is pretty much the hardest part of this parenting gig that I have encountered yet!

(( & I will be the first person to stand up and tell you that social media is Satan's greatest work!))




I could not agree with her more! 💗

This book will encourage you,
It will lift you up.

It will also make you stop in your tracks and reflect on what you are doing in your own life. 
Are you missing the small things?

Knowing that I am not the only introvert who would rather die than be the center of attention, who suffered in agony the growing out period of some particularly bad 9th grade bangs, remembering the shredding (pun intended) pain of the great Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred of 2008, feeling more normal because my life is also run by a pack of crazy, wonderful dogs and most importantly taking that beautiful trip down memory lane because my beloved grandparents were exactly the same...

All the while being reminded that every single precious memory is just a small, simple detail in my life.

It really is the million small things that make up a life.

This book is going to speak to SO MANY people!
I'm so grateful that I have had the opportunity to share the message!

Great job, Melanie!!
Great job!!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit, friends!

Don't forget to pre-order your copy at churchofthesmallthings.com or Amazon today!


Mwah,

Mandy




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