On My Bookshelf: Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite writers. I just love her ability to tell a great story. So when I heard she had a new book coming out, I was excited. When I heard there was a chance to be on the launch team for her new book, I was thrilled! I applied and hoped I would be chosen as a launch team member. When the e-mail came that, yes, I was chosen, I may have done a little happy dance in the living room. I anxiously awaited for my pretty pink book to arrive.

Church of the Small Things did not disappoint. I was excited about the book because first Melanie wrote it (see above), but secondly because I was interested in the subject of the book. How the seemingly small things in life really matter and, most importantly, how they matter to the Kingdom of God.

I think most of us go through life every day wondering if we are making a difference. We may envy those women who seem to live a “big life.” Driving kids to school and practices (and everywhere in between), wiping up a dirty kitchen, or folding laundry for the five millionth time can seem insignificant compared to women who fill auditoriums with large audiences or to missionaries who bravely venture all over the world. But the small things are not insignificant. Not at all.

This is what Church of the Small Things is all about. Melanie says, “I’ve learned that the best way to live is to look for God in the church of the small things. The church of the small things is where God does his best work. The church of the small things is where the majority of us live every single day.” She is right. We live in the small things, and the small things make a huge difference.

As I sit to write this review of a truly inspiring book–and dream of one day writing my own book–I am sitting at a table in the public library waiting on my son to finish cross country practice and letting my youngest explore the children’s book section. It hardly seems like an earth-shaking contribution, but it is. Being a wife, mom, teacher, and sometimes writer is where I am at right now in my story. As Melanie reminds us in Church of the Small Things, “No one else can live our story. So maybe it’s time to embrace all that is uniquely ours and realize that is exactly what makes it special.”


I highlighted so many passages in this book. Melanie is so relatable. Her stories had me alternately laughing, crying, and nodding my head in agreement. I could share quote after inspiring quote from Church of the Small Things, but you really need to read it and find out if it is your time to be a beige wall or a neon poster and why that may make you cry.

I will, however, share Melanie’s sage advice on hermit crabs. After a fairly traumatic souvenir hermit crab experience this summer, I wholeheartedly agree with her.

“Things I wish I had known before getting a hermit crab as a pet: Don’t.”


Church of the Small Things releases Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Visit ChurchoftheSmallThings.com to order and for pre-order goodies before October 3.



As a member of the Church of the Small Things launch team, I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for promoting the book and writing an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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