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Eat Cake. Be Brave.

Narrated by: Melissa Radke
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
5 out of 5 stars (467 ratings)
Regular price: $28.50
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Publisher's Summary

My name is Melissa Radke, and there is a very real chance you have no idea who I am or why I wrote a book. But admit it, you're curious!   

Even though millions of people seem to like watching my videos bemoaning the trials of parenting, marriage, French braiding, faith, and living life as an anti-aging female, you may still be wondering who let me write a book.   

I mean, books are written by people who have been interviewed by Gayle King and say things like, "You see, Gayle, I was having a root canal, and I literally died in the chair. I saw heaven. Also, when I came back to earth I could speak Mandarin."   

Yeah, that didn't happen to me. No Mandarin. Though I have been known to break out in song! (My voice was once described as a "ray of light in a dark world"...but I think my dad was being a little dramatic.) Although if Gayle King were to ever ask me I would tell her, "I wrote this book between taking my kids to the local pool and picking out flip-flops at Old Navy, and the only metaphysical moment I experienced came right after I looked directly into one of those mirrors with 10x magnification."   

I wrote this book because when I turned 41 I made a decision to be brave. To live brave - bolder and freer. You see, I thought our lives were supposed to change when we turned 40...but mine didn't. Yet every piece of it changed when I turned 41, when I set out to prove that it wasn't too late for me, that careless words wouldn't stunt me and rejection would not stop me. And maybe, just maybe, it will take you reading about the journey I took to finding my sense of self-worth in order for you to rightfully believe in yours. This book is about how all the years of my life led up to the one that changed it. So, cut a big slice and raise a fork...  

Here's to bravery. 

Here's to courage. 

Here's to cake. 

(And not the crappy kind, like carrot.)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Melissa Radke (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Melissa Radke... is a mom who gets it. We first came across Melissa when her 'Red Ribbon Week' video went viral, and we were hooked. Her honest approach to motherhood, paired with her sincerity, compassion, and amazing sense of humor has attracted a dedicated social following and an enthusiastic fan base." (American Greetings Blog)

"Melissa Radke...made me laugh AND totally resonated with me. Even though I know all moms go through this, it's still nice to be reminded that I'm not alone." (For Every Mom Blog)

"There's a reason Melissa Radke boasts more than 100,000 Facebook followers: Her parenting videos are hilarious and relatable." (Us Weekly)

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Fantastic Book!!

I listened to the book in 2 days. It’s fantastic. Melissa is so relatable. She tells a story that anyone can relate to. I love the letter to your daughter... I will be sharing this with mine. You are most certainly brave.

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I never write reviews but.....

This should be a requirement for anyone over 40 still struggling with a sense of self. The story was so well spoken and I resonated with all of it. Now I’m going back to start it again!

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The first book I've finished in years

I don't have a ton of eloquent words to describe how much I love this book, but I LOVE this book!!! I laughed out loud, almost cried, said Amen and got humbled...it was perfect! I couldn't relate to everything that Melissa has been through but I could relate to many, and I believe every woman could relate to something she touched on in these pages!!! It's real life, honest, and thoughtful!! Thank you for your words, Melissa Radke!!!

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Within the first 7 minutes I had burst out loud laughing 3 times... and possibly welled up with emotion at least once.

Gaaaahhhh... this book ya’ll... this woman... this story of raw realness blessed my socks off!

Melissa is a hoot! I am a big fan of cake... Jesus, raw truth and BadAssery (that IS to totally a word!) this book has it all! A fantastic reminder that even the junk that is part of our journey teaches a lesson... and there are blessings in those... ALWAYS!

Hey Melissa! You are a cool chick & are welcome at the lunch table I’m at ANYTIME!💋
Signed a fellow lover of pleats (especially skirts), shoulder pads, palazzo pants, mules, Melrose Place, Halle Berry pixies, Mermaid/ Fairies, Texas drawls, Daddies (Earthly & Heavenly Ones), babies that we will hold in Heaven & Handsome fellas that gave us a new last name!

💝 Thanks for sharing your sassy, fast talking, ferocious self!!!

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This book feels like a chat with an old friend. Lots of laughs and tears

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This book taught me a lot about myself. It opened up some stuff that I need to work through. Love it!

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Loved this book! Thank you for being so real! I felt your joy and I felt your pain!

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Love everything about you and this book!! Thank you so much for inspiring me today and everyday! You’re killing it!

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Everyone can relate to this book in some way.

Melissa is a pure delight as she reads her book! This book has triumph and trial through it all. Best of all she is open and honest and very woman can relate to her stories, feeling and the emotions she shares. It’s an amazing book that will spur you on to Eat Cake and Be Brave!

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I enjoyed this book beyond words. Melissa is unbelievably authentic. I appreciate her willingness to share her must vulnerable experiences and her humor. I loved it and love her!