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10 Things I Learned Reading Church of the Small Things

I first told you about Melanie Shankle’s latest book here, but I wanted to share a bit more of what I discovered while reading it.

Following Melanie’s lead I created a list for you. In no particular order…

Don't miss these amazing things I learned from Melanie Shankle's latest book, Church of the Small Things

1. I’d consume it in just a few days. I hadn’t expected this book to compel me to turn pages so quickly, but I felt like I was chatting with a friend and I didn’t want it to end.

2. There would be lines that stopped me in my tracks and made me read them over and over to bore them deep in my soul like: “a simple life that revolves around loving your family doesn’t equate to a small life.”

3. I’m not the only one comparing my weight, my kids clothes, or my furniture and feeling like I fall short. {Bonus lesson: I don’t have to keep doing it.}

4. Lists are fun.

5. Beauty mistakes are part of life. Bangs, laser hair removal, and finding ideas on Pinterest happen to all of us.

10 Things I Learned Reading Church of the Small Things from Becky @ My Ink Dance

6. We can talk about things like beauty and purpose in the same conversation. It’s not all deep or all surface. We can go back and forth.

7. Running isn’t for everyone. And that’s ok.

8. I’m not the only one who has a mind that spins from worrying about parenting dilemmas to beauty questions to insane things I’ve read on the internet.

9. Showing up matters more than getting it right. It’s what the people in our lives really need. Show up for the hard, the funny, the so-hard-you-can’t-help-but-laugh. Just show up.

10. I’d be challenged. Challenged to believe God and hope in His plans. Challenged to feel all the feelings and see that they’re all good. Challenged to love well and laugh hard and make tons of references to pay homage to my youth. Challenged to be me and trust that’s who God wants me to be.

10 Things I Learned reading this great book!

You don’t want to miss this book. I wrote a bit about it in my recent reads here. Or just head on over and order your copy today. You’re welcome.

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I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Melanie’s book to share my thoughts. All opinions are 100% my own.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

16 Replies

  1. Thanks for sharing about this book, Becky. It sounds great! I’d heard of it but I didn’t know much about it. I like the points you draw out- I’ll have to add it to my list!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m glad it helped! I think you’ll really enjoy it 🙂

  2. Yes – we compare ourselves to each other far too much. And I can empathize with #8 as well as 6 and 7. Love the quote in #2 and the graphic. Sounds like a good book!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s a great read Barbara!

  3. I love the nuggets you shared from this book. It’s going on my to-read list; thanks for letting me know about it!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s always fun to share great books! 🙂

  4. Enjoyed reading your list, your review! Sounds like a must-read! Good morning from Holley’s, Becky …

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Linda! It was great! 🙂

  5. Hi, Becky!

    I truly enjoy your blog and wanted to nominate you for the Liebster Award. If you choose to accept, you can read about it in the post below. Thank you for faithfully pointing your readers to the Creator! Blessings!

    Esther | Chosen & Cherished

    1. Becky Hastings

      Wow! Thanks so much Esther. Honored to be nominated by you and your beautiful words!

  6. Yes, lists are fun! And I agree on the #6. Sometimes we need to relax and just breathe. 🙂

  7. Oooh, Becky. Yay–great list. I’m so eager to order this book. I have a feeling it’ll be a short read for me, too. Thanks for sharing, friend. <3

    1. Becky Hastings

      Anytime 🙂

  8. What a great way to review this book- makes me so much want to read it! Putting in on my TBR pile- but I think at the top…

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yay! I think you’ll really enjoy it!

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