Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn

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“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.”

This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.

Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it.
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Melanie Shankle began writing a blog called TheBigMamaBlog in July 2005. In addition to her blog, Shankle writes a quarterly column for the popular online magazine Praise and Coffee, is a regular contributor to the Pioneer Woman's blog, and serves as co-administrator and writer for LifeWay Women's AllAccess blog. She has written two nonfiction books that have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn and The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life. Her latest work is entitled, Nobbody's Cuter than You: A Memoir of the Beauty of Friendship.

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Feb 8, 2013
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781414382487
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English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Parenting / Motherhood
Humor / Topic / Men, Women & Relationships
Religion / Christian Life / Family
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There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”
“Rachel Macy Stafford's post "The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up" was a true phenomenon on The Huffington Post, igniting countless conversations online and off about freeing ourselves from the vicious cycle of keeping up with our overstuffed agendas. Hands Free Mama has the power to keep that conversation going and remind us that we must not let our lives pass us by.”

--Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

DISCOVER THE POWER, JOY, AND LOVE of Living “Hands Free”

If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We check our email while cooking dinner, send a text while bathing the kids, and spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. With our never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it’s no wonder we’re distracted.

But this isn’t the way it has to be.

In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.

Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.

So join Rachel and go hands-free. Discover what happens when you choose to open your heart—and your hands—to the possibilities of each God-given moment.

It seems to be a rite of passage for every woman: you wake up one day and think, "Wait. THIS is the life I signed up for?"

We've all been there. Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog, is just brave enough to say it out loud. And Everyday Holy is your invitation to reexamine your life and find the little pieces that create a beautiful picture of a big God.

On any given day, you may be asking yourself:

Is Instagram making me crazy, or am I actually supposed to have a perfectly curated cup of coffee on my artfully rumpled throw blanket every morning?Doubts about my faith are normal, right?Is eating cookie dough straight from the fridge fine as long as it’s organic?Could it be that loving my family well is my spiritual gift?

It's a common theme: Am I okay? Is my life significant? And how do we measure significance, anyway? Melanie's hilarious and poignant insight offers you the deep breath of relief that God is working in all the moments, no matter how big or how small. In 100 devotions, Everyday Holy: Finding a Big God in the Little Moments invites you to see your life as God intended: rich with opportunity, significance, and beauty, even on days that feel overwhelmingly ordinary.

If you're looking for the line that connects the dots, Everyday Holy is for you. If you wonder where God is in this mess or how exactly He's working behind the scenes, this book is for you. Whether you feel overwhelmed or disillusioned or frustrated by how your life feels, there's room for you at this table. And here's the best news: We’re all in this together.

美國Amazon網站4.7顆星讀者評價, 爆笑、機智、絕對實際的好評推薦! 美國知名部落客與專欄作家 最幽默、深刻、打動人心的真誠分享, 讓人無法拒絕的精采必讀之作。 歡迎加入婚姻俱樂部~ 婚姻既是最大的祝福,也是兩人世界最大的挑戰 作者梅蘭妮以輕鬆幽默的口吻分享其婚姻生活,充滿機智趣味與真誠的寫作風格,就在翻開書頁的那一刻起,無論你是已婚人士或單身貴族,總能到位的切入心坎裡的感受,絕對要你邊讀邊點頭如搗蒜,笑中帶淚的自問:「原來婚姻的真相是這樣……?」 全書共24章,由作者娓娓道來她與丈夫培瑞婚姻生活裡的點滴,閱讀本書就像踏上一段「婚姻紀實旅程」,旅程中看似滑稽、爆笑與價值觀衝突不斷,然而伴隨作者充滿智慧的見解,閱讀每章每頁都會讓人忍不住思考婚姻的價值與真諦。 本書絕對犀利與真切打動人心的精采選句 ★根本沒有完美先生,只有適合妳的人。他可能跟妳死黨要求的南轅北轍,但妳的婚姻是妳和老公共同打造的個體,擁有獨特的基因。 ★新人很甜蜜,很天真,還有一點折磨人。新婚歲月,一切新鮮,還懂得克制自己行為。每次一發生爭執,感覺就像世界末日。除非問題解決,否則食不下嚥,輾轉難眠。邊哭邊開車在街上繞時,很可能還扯開嗓子大唱費絲.希爾的歌《我在乎》。 ★在很多方面,居家修繕跟婚姻大同小異。不光彩迷人,需要下很多苦工與努力,有時候,妳覺得直接放一把火燒光殆盡,砍掉重練更容易,但卻始終想起,妳有多愛這棟房子或老公,於是不計一切投入,熬過這一切。回首難關,妳再也不記得辛苦和淚水,只會心滿意足知道,自己一手打造出來的美好。 ★大多數的人身材都回不去了,再也回不到走紅毯那天。年齡、遲緩的新陳代謝跟培根都不是我們的好朋友。可是說來奇怪,這也是婚姻的美妙之處。一路走來,望著那娶妳的俊俏年輕男人冒出灰髮,原本找不到皺紋的臉上逐漸出現細紋,牽著他不再年輕緊實的手,就是婚姻的一部分。但妳內心知道,天塌下來妳都不會拿這雙手或這張臉龐跟別人交換。 ★當我望入他的雙眼,我看不見完美,也看不見人們渴望的好萊塢式愛情,我只看見一個願意為我而戰的人,即使我這麼不完美,他也願意保護我、愛著我。我看到的是一個家。他在的地方,就是我的家。
There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”
This collection bundles all 3 of popular author Melanie Shankle’s previous books together in one e-book, for a great value!

Sparkly Green Earrings
“There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.” This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.

Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it.

The Antelope in the Living Room
Welcome to the story of a real marriage.

Marriage is simultaneously the biggest blessing and the greatest challenge two people can ever take on. It is the joy of knowing there is someone to share in your joys and sorrows, and the challenge of living with someone who thinks it’s a good idea to hang a giant antelope head on your living room wall.

In The Antelope in the Living Room, New York Times best-selling author and blogger Melanie Shankle does for marriage what Sparkly Green Earrings did for motherhood—makes us laugh out loud and smile through tears as she shares the holy and the hilarity of that magical and mysterious union called marriage.

Nobody’s Cuter than You
There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”
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