Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

Church of the Small Things

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 si...

Details Church of the Small Things

TitleChurch of the Small Things
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Christian, Religion, Faith, Christian Non Fiction

Reviews Church of the Small Things

  • Michelle
    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, obsessed with dogs, and buying Lululemon leggings by the dozen, but I related to almost nothing. I know this book was to glorify the small things in life (and I...
  • Celeste
    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 different aspects of her life, from childhood to marriage to parenthood to friendship and spirituality.I was entertained, but it honestly didn’t feel very original. I k...
  • Debbie
    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 rolling on the floor reading Chapter 13!! It's such an easy-read but yet says soooo much. Thanks Melanie for reminding me about how important all the SMALL things we...
  • Laurie
    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 happens to make me laugh out loud.(see Chapter 5 - "Here is my promise to you. I will NEVER try to be the best wife.") I was happy to be chosen to receive an advance c...
  • Chris Mara
    “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 handbook is written in a light hearted style, so it will definitely resonate with the young and middle age crowd who get caught up in the roller coaster of life. It takes a l...
  • Heather
    3.5/4 starsWhile 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 may have been my favorite because they were so relatable
  • Alice Teets
    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 and keep plans. Her stories resonate with me, make me laugh, and make me think. She opens her life and invites you in. I feel like you could look in her medicine cabinet,...
  • Jamie
    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 laughing). Seriously, the podcast cracks me up, even when the topics are not my normal interest (I mean, her love of Teddy’s Organic Rosehip Seed Oil convinced me t...
  • Dixie
    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 time we have with each other. We aren't in competition with each other for a share of God's love; it exists in infinite quantities and he graces us with it abundan...
  • Tammy McKeever
    I really enjoyed this book a great deal. The author has a delightful and delightfully snarky sense of humor. I greatly enjoyed her reflection on her family’s life and how they traversed it emotionally. I think it may be because I listened to it on audiobook, but it didn’t feel so much a book as it did a collection of stories. I enjoyed them as I mentioned but I have now gotten a hard-copy and may find a greater sense of continuity. Nonetheles...
  • Patricia
    Our lives are full of those “big moments” filled with either joy, sadness or anything in between. Reading this book inspires me to see God’s plan in the small day to day activities in my life. It encourages me to ask what is good for His kingdom today in those seemingly small insignificant movements of my day. This allows me to see the “big moments” as “abundantly more that I could have ever hoped for” .
  • Mindy
    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 appreciate the small things and to not get lost looking for the big moments. Great read for me!
  • Loraine Nunley
    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 lives just like He uses the big ones.
  • Sarah
    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 of hers where our generational gap showed - I simply couldn’t relate to a lot of what she wrote about in the first 1/3 of book - I wasn’t alive for it! That bei...
  • Melissa Henderson
    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 personal stories which remind us the little things in life are often more important than the big things. Great book to give as a gift. I received a copy of this book fro...
  • Beth Schneider
    I laughed out loud several times while reading 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".
  • Stephanie
    Cute, fun, easy read! Laughed out loud at times. I think I could be BFF with Melanie. 😄
  • Stacy
    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
    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 left me feeling like - why did I just read this story about a person I don't know and what it's like at her grandma's house, and how her dad is special to her, etc...
  • Krystal
    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.
  • Elisa McKay
    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!
  • Cristina Melvin
    Not as good as “ Nobody’s cuter than you”, but was enjoyable, nonetheless.
  • Lisa
    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 some of their punch in the audio.
  • Carrie Montanez
    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.
  • Happyascanb
    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!
  • Amy
    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 scriptures with thoughtful insights and her own hysterical wit and charm. Great read once again!
  • Melissa
    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 book has plenty of laugh out loud moments, the chapter on exercise and Perry's desire to to be certified to shoot out of a helicopter made me laugh so much that I re...
  • Krista
    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 hilarious with some hard hitting truths.
  • Katelyn Roskamp
    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!
  • Erica Fleeman
    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 insights had a way of hitting me right in the heart. #runourownrace #shinewhereyoucan #hairproductscount #mercythengrace #saynotobangs #beigewall #neonposter #showup ...