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

Reviews Church of the Small Things

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Frosty61
    I found I liked this one if I took it in small doses. There are some good life lessons that aren't really earth shattering, but it's always good to be reminded that life is made of small moments and those are the ones that stay with us. The author's perspective and anecdotes, while interesting and humorous, didn't always resonate with me - maybe because I'm from an older generation and my perspective has become much more reflective on the 'last h...
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • Pam Wildes
    I think this may be Melanie's best book ever. It touched on so many aspects of life that I am going through right now in my life. I love her ability to go from spiritual to laughing to crying sometimes in the same paragraph. You are going to want to read this book. I cannot wait to get my hands on the study guide for this as a bible study!
  • Megan
    The stories of the 70's and 80's that Melanie uses bring me back to my childhood. Her reminder to live out your own story and not someone else's story by constantly living in th world of comparison is timely and much needed. Her humor and story telling ability is top notch. I can't wait for her next project. Everyone should read this book. I have read aloud her other books to my husband as we are road tripping, he wants to plan a road trip just s...
  • Haley Webb
    Another great book by Melanie Shankle. I was so excited to receive the advances copy because I've loved each of her books so much. She has become one of my favorite authors. I love her humor and how she relates to her readers. Go pick up this book and her other three. You will not be disappointed!
  • Shana Stoll
    I love Melanie Shankle and have read everything she has written. Funny, but profoundly true and deep at the same time. I'm a big believer that the small things are what matter most! Great read!
  • Deborah Flora
    If you love easy-to-read with a large side of humor all mixed and held together by inspiration and lessons from life, you'll like Melanie Shankle's books and words. Her books are some of my absolute favorites. She makes me laugh and I'm all about laughter in life. Her words also help me to reflect on all the good things in life and give gratitude for each and every day.
  • Nicki Glenn
    Melanie is one of my favorite bloggers and authors. This was another great book full of her life stories and beautiful reminders of God's faithfulness with the perfect blend of humor!
  • Julie McComas
    Pick up this book! Seriously, I felt like I was spending time with a good friend listening (or reading) her stories about everyday life. The simple acts, she calls them, of life are actually significant. I love reading a book where the author doesn't try to sugar coat things, and Melanie certainly doesn't sugar coat things. I felt like I could really relate to everything in the Small Things I Wish I'd Known in High School chapter since I am appro...
  • 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...
  • Grock
    I've been following Melanie Shankle for years and have read each of her books just as soon as I could get my hands (or my Kindle) on them. After a book about marriage, a book on motherhood, and a book on friendship, I was curious which topic she'd explore next, and I love how in Church of the Small Things, she dives deep into all the in between. She ties seemingly insignificant moments, seasons, and memories into a beautifully written story that ...
  • Tom Burkholder
    In the book Church of the Small Things, author Melanie Shankle, tries to encourage people to see and respond to the small things in life. I love snarky humor but Shankle takes it to a level that I did not enjoy. The writing was very choppy and not even conversational. Kind of felt like she was trying way to hard and it did not engage me.I would not recommend this book to anyone. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in...