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Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    Any mom or mom-to-be will enjoy this book. I was reading it late

    Any mom or mom-to-be will enjoy this book. I was reading it late at night on my Nook and had to stifle my laughter so as to not wake my husband. As it was, the bed was shaking I was laughing so hard! It is laugh out loud funny. I liked the format of the book, that it was written in short sections that were perfect to read while waiting at various sport practices or waiting for games to start. The author does a great job of writing about things that all mothers experience, such as letting go and accepting the difference between expectations and reality in a funny, endearing way. I had never read her blog, but enjoyed the book very much!

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

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    Warning: Do not drink anything while reading this book. You'll b

    Warning: Do not drink anything while reading this book. You'll be reading, and all of a sudden, in the middle of a paragraph, you'll bust out laughing.

    I loved reading Sparkly Green Earrings. Melanie Shankle brings humor and nuggets of simple wisdom into the topic of motherhood. Her writing is honest and real. If she and I lived next door to one another, we'd be best friends (and so would our husbands). Oh how much to have in common!

    I highly recommend this memoir. By the time you finish reading, you'll be saying, "Oh. So I'm NOT the only one." And it'll be a book you'll pick up again and again just to remind yourself that.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    Loved, loved, loved.  Melanie gives an honest view of her life a

    Loved, loved, loved.  Melanie gives an honest view of her life as she struggled to become a mother, and her daily struggles as a mother.  Her stories of raising a daughter had me laughing out  loud.  Her stories of learning to let go as her daughter gains independence had tears streaming down my face.  This was one of those books that every mother should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Must Read

    Loved every page of this book! So funny and so true! Melanie is so easy to relate to in her adventures of motherhood!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Too much religion

    Every other word in this book is God or Jesus. If I had known that I would never have bought it. Total waste of money.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    Love it, cried  and laugh: it was a blessing to read. Especially

    Love it, cried  and laugh: it was a blessing to read. Especially because I am a mother of two daughters. 

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Much of Sparkly Green Earrings, was familiar to me from reading

    Much of Sparkly Green Earrings, was familiar to me from reading her blog. However, it was worth reading because she added life lessons and spiritual depth to what might just be a funny story on her blog. Everyday that she posts on her blog I look forward to pulling it up on my computer and reading.

    Though I don't know Melanie personally, I have read her blog long enough to know her voice. She wrote her book in the same flippant and entertaining style that she writes her blogs, staying true to her voice and who she is. She is well-versed in pop culture and can always manage to squeeze in a line or two from a favorite song ("well-versed"... get it?) or reference something that has recently happened. (By the way, that was a Melanie-style sentence right there, just in case you needed an example.)

    I laughed, cried, my ovaries ached while reading Sparkly Green Earrings.

    In Chapter 14, Melanie talks about stepping out in faith and leaving her job to be a stay-at-home mom to Caroline. She looks back at times when God has led and how he has always been faithful to her. I can 100% relate to the struggle of knowing that God has been faithful, but being faithless myself at times. But it's amazing how when we exercise that faith, God blesses beyond our wildest imaginations.

    As much as this book is about motherhood, it is so much more. This book isn't about Caroline or Melanie. At its core, this book is about learning to trust a God who is bigger than we are. For Melanie, God is teaching her to let go and let him be God through the experience of being Caroline's mother.

    In her last chapter, Melanie quotes something that a guest speaker said one mother's day at her church: "When we loosen our grip, he tightens his." That is the essence of Sparkly Green Earrings. It is also what the Christian walk is about -- loosening our grip, and being, to borrow a line from Max Lucado, "in the grip of grace."

    Well worth your time! Read it!

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