Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life

Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life

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 b Is my ordinary, everyday life actually significant? Is it okay to be fulfilled by the simple acts of raising ki...

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Title:Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life
Author:Melanie Shankle
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0310348870
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life Reviews

  • Melissa
    Jul 22, 2017
    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 b...
  • Pam Wildes
    Jul 24, 2017
    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...
  • Michelle
    Nov 03, 2017
    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...
  • Krista
    Jul 26, 2017
    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 hilari...
  • Mandy
    Dec 09, 2017
    4.5 stars Baloney sandwiches on white bread with Miracle Whip (with chips crushed in between), Aussie Sprunch Spray, Olivia Newton John?s Let?s Get Physical, perms, and much more...it was like she was writing about me growing up as a kid! I laughed so hard and related to most of...
  • Heather
    Jan 16, 2018
    3.5/4 stars While 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 ...
  • Julie McComas
    Jun 26, 2017
    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 Melan...
  • Rebecca Jo
    Jul 30, 2018
    I absolutely loved this book. Someone who has stories that involve Xanadu & roller skating, & hair & style from the 80's & references of TV shoes & music from the same time I grew up? Yep... I love Melanie. One of those people that I know I'd be best friends with. ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 31, 2018
    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...
  • Alice Teets
    Jul 23, 2017
    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 an...
  • Sarah
    Nov 01, 2017
    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 ...
  • Debbie
    Aug 01, 2017
    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 r...
  • Lisa
    Feb 01, 2018
    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 s...
  • Laurie
    Oct 02, 2017
    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 hap...
  • Celeste
    Nov 28, 2017
    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 di...
  • Jamie
    Aug 28, 2017
    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 la...
  • Melissa Henderson
    Jul 31, 2017
    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 perso...
  • Loraine Nunley
    Feb 15, 2018
    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 l...
  • Amy
    Jul 27, 2017
    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 scripture...
  • Dixie
    Nov 07, 2017
    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...
  • Maddie Dumas
    Jul 19, 2018
    I laughed and I cried- sometimes all at once. I highly recommend the audio book. ...
  • Megan
    Jul 22, 2017
    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 wai...
  • Mindy
    Jan 31, 2018
    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 ap...
  • Lauren DuPrez
    Sep 22, 2017
    Church of The Small Things is the latest book from blogger and author Melanie Shankle. I've read two out of three of Shankle's previous books (Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room) and have found them to be delightful, hilarious and very relatable. Like her other ...
  • Patricia
    Apr 28, 2018
    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 ins...
  • Deborah Flora
    Jul 18, 2017
    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 h...
  • Chris Mara
    Feb 11, 2018
    ?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 ha...
  • Erica Fleeman
    Jul 23, 2017
    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 in...
  • Tammy McKeever
    May 10, 2018
    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 m...
  • Katelyn Roskamp
    Jul 26, 2017
    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! ...