Book Review: Church of the Small Things

I am a huge Melanie Shankle fan. HUGE. I’ve read her blog since her daughter, who is now a high school freshman, was in preschool — so almost from its very beginning. When Melanie wrote her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, I devoured it the day it came out. The same thing happened with her next two books The Antelope in the Living Room and Nobody’s Cuter Than You. I have waited for a few years for another book and oh my gosh, I was not disappointed with Church of the Small Things.

CofST released October 3rd, but I was lucky enough to read the book months in advance. I applied to be a part of Melanie’s launch team and I MAYBE shrieked in the grocery store when I saw that I had been selected. I got an ARC of CotST in the mail a few days later and goodness, it did not disappoint.

Melanie is a very, very (I cannot emphasize this enough) funny person and she loves Jesus. This book is both very, very funny and it is such a tender reminder that sometimes Jesus does big things in our lives, but most of the things He does in and through us are small, everyday kinds of things. When I say it’s funny, I mean it’s “I-was-sitting-in-Starbucks-laughing-so-hard-I-was-shaking-and-I’m-still-laughing-at-the-thought-of-that-chapter” funny (you’ll never look at hermit crabs and tadpoles again without thinking of chapter ten!). And several times, I had to put the aside for a few minutes because I was so moved by the understanding of God in the minute of my life that I was moved to tears. I stayed up late thinking about all of the small ways God is so very present and visible in my life.

Like Melanie’s other book, it was sweet and tender and funny. It also made me want to go hang out with Melanie, which I am totally positive would be a nightmare for her because it seems like she is deeply introverted and I am not. I will have to settle on sharing her words and loving the ways they point back to our good God.

I just want to let you know that as a member of Melanie’s launch team, I received a copy of this book for free. No one asked me to give it a positive review; these opinions are all my own! Thanks, Zondervan, for the opportunity to champion Melanie!

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