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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 big thing that promises to take our breath away. Meanwhile, we lose sight of the small significance of fully living with every breath we take.

Melanie Shankle, New York Times best-selling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog, tackles these questions head-on in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one.

The million little pieces that make a life aren't necessarily glamorous or far-reaching. But God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulness - and sometimes they look a whole lot like packing lunch.

Through humorous stories told in her signature style, full of Frito pie, best friends, the love of her Me-Ma and Pa-Pa, the unexpected grace that comes when we quit trying to measure up, and a little of the best TV has to offer, Melanie helps women embrace what it means to live a simple yet incredibly meaningful life and how to find all the beauty and laughter that lies right beneath the surface of every moment.

©2017 Melanie Shankle (P)2017 Zondervan

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I️ loved this book so much. I️ could not put it down. The second it was over I️ Found myself saying, more ,more!! Starting SparklyGreen Earrings NOW

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Love it!

All of Melanie shankle’s books are great! She is so real and funny! I️ am always excited to see she has written a new book. This one did not disappoint. Loved it!

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Just What My Heart Needed

Church of the Small Things spoke to me in a deep, relatable way. It had me laughing hysterical at times and crying through others. This book encouraged me to keep plugging away at the little things in life because, boy oh boy, so they add up! Thank you for sharing your gifts, Melanie!

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Cute, easy read

This book y'all! It will make you laugh, cry and enjoy. It's like having a conversation with your funniest friend.

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Wonderfully funny

Melanie is hilarious and a gifted writer. The book is a wonderful combination of funny with some inspirational meatiness.

If you are looking for a good laugh with lighthearted stories and still wanting the underpinnings of spiritual encouragement-- this book is for you!!!

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Laughing, crying and head nodding!

Love it, and to have Melanie narrated it makes it even better. I laughed, cried and shook my head in agreement until I thought I might have whiplash. She remind you to stop and appreciate the right now, the small, not just the big parts, and perhaps even the seemingly insignificant parts of your life. Cherish each opportunity, experience and the people that you do life with. Thank you, Melanie

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loved it

Melanie Shankle never disappoint. She has a special way of using funny personal stories to show Gods goodness. She is brilliant, witty, and always makes me laugh.