Happy Sunday, and HAPPY OCTOBER! More on October later, let me first share with you the second book in my three-part spotlight series on Melanie Shankle, prior to her new release on October 3rd - Church of the Small Things!
Second-up is: The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life. If you are not familiar with Melanie, please visit my first post in this series. on her first collection of stories on Motherhood here: Sparkly Green Earrings!
The Antelope in the Living Room, is a memoir on Marriage. The gritty, the awkward, the hilarious, the heartaches, the triumphs. And for anyone reading this who is a wifey, you know those can all happen within the span of a day! Life is so weird y'all... And then you get Married! #Bless
Melanie starts with spilling the beans that her original title was "Dadgum, Y'all! Marriage is Hard!" Which also is truer than true! From this uproarious Prologue through the dating, the wedding, the baby, the life, to the very last word, you will be wanting more: more of her solid wisdom, more stories that sound so much like your own marriage that it's a tad bit scary, more connection to someone who just gets it, and of course: More humor in the small things that we tend to pass over or sweat so much that we lose the true moral and understanding of the lesson God was trying to teach us in that season, or moment, of our Marriage!
Also, the story about the book's Cover, the Antelope in particular, that if you are married to a Hunter, a Hunter yourself (You Go Girl! #YouAreMyPeople), or grew up in a Hunting Family, will have you HOWLING in laughter and side-splitting pain!
Marriage is hard, y'all! But through Prayer, Hard Work, and Compromise, it doesn't have to be! Melanie shares the good, bad, and the ugly, and throw in a baby and some neurotic dogs, and it is even more comical and entertaining that you ever imaged!
I love that Melanie takes the everyday, the sometimes very mundane, and not only always finds the humor, but always finds the lesson! Her writing is just so perfect, and so snarky and real that I have reread her work many times over and it never ceases to delight, encourage, and teach!