When I found out in July that I was chosen to be on the Launch Team for Melanie Shankle's new book, Church of the Small Things, I knew I wanted to separate mini-reviews for her three previous memoirs: Sparkly Green Earrings, The Antelope in the Living Room, and Nobody's Cuter Than You. These three works of non-fiction, have not only changed my life, but they have bettered my life.
Firstly, for those of you reading this who may not be familiar; Melanie Shankle started as a Blogger in 2006 when her daughter was almost three years old. She wanted to have a place to look back on all those precious memories of her daughter, Caroline's childhood, and knew she would never be a scrapbook-er, and is a fellow lover of the written word, so VOILA! www.thebigmamablog.com! Melanie also joins fellow Blogger and Author, Sophie Hudson, on their podcast: The Big Boo Cast! Which is probably my most-favorite thing, like ever! I am a huge fan of Sophie's, as well, and have read everything she has had published! They are both fresh voices paving the way in what it means to be a modern-day Christian Woman! And it isn't being perfect!
Sparkly Green Earrings, like all of Melanie's books, are a collection of essays, that make you feel as though you are chatting with a wise and wonderful friend. This first book centers around Motherhood, from the heartache of loss, to the joys and hilarity of raising her daughter, Caroline. From the first chapter about how her Blog became titled 'Big Mama', and how she has been hollered that in public and everyone immediately looks around for Martin Lawrence, to the chapters on catching vomit in ones hands, the woes of potty-training, and those times your child exemplifies everything you have taught them without being prompted. You will cry tears of pain and joy, and you will cry from laughing so hard your side hurts.
I want you to know right now, that you do not have to be a Mother to read this! In fact, it is a great guide for some of those "No one ever tells you this!" things about Motherhood. And if you are a Mother, I can only imagine how many moments you will literally talk-out-loud in agreement and relation to what Melanie is sharing! One thing Melanie is not about to do: Sugar-coat anything for you! These are real, honest, and laugh-out-loud stories as only Melanie Shankle can tell! Her humor is 100%! Add this to your TBR pile, and stock up to give as a Baby Shower gift!
Let me know in the Comments if you have read this one by Melanie, and what your favorite part was!