Author Melanie Shankle


Melanie Shankle writes at The Big Mama blog and is a New York Times bestselling author. Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what’s on sale at Anthropologie, Frito Pie, and her Me-Ma and Pa-Pa. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, wife of Perry, and official herder of two wild dogs, Piper and Mabel. They live in San Antonio, Texas.


Church of the Small Things

The Million Little Pieces that Make Up a Life
Melanie Shankle

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 looking for those breathtaking moments can make us overlook the significance of fully living with every breath we take. The 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.