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On the Bright Side: Stories about Friendship, Love, and Being True to Yourself

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Big Mama blog founder and New York Times bestselling author Melanie Shankle helps us sort through our questions about being true to ourselves in a world gone crazy and what matters the most in the end.

These days, so many voices tell us what to do, what to think, and what kind of parent or friend or spouse to be that it's easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated. Somewhere in
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Zondervan
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that quotes the Scriptures, C.S. Lewis, and Dr. Seuss? An author who makes you laugh and cry, think and sigh? Thats my kind of book! On the Bright Side by Melanie Shankle offers anecdotes and thoughts on a variety of relatable topics ranging from friendship, faith, and family to beauty, aging, and being brave. She is faithful, forthcoming, and funny! While many people have lost the art of looking on the bright side, Melanie helps us do just that. Even though I am retired and an ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this coming-soon book in two days, two rainy days to be exact. Honestly, Im over this wet winter weve had. The dreary, short days leave me longing for the next season. I find myself doing that with life sometimes too.

But Melanie Shankle's new book is a breath of fresh, bright air. Shes real and funny while writing about the ordinary and important stuff that make up our lives. This book reminded me of the bright side of parenting, friendship, pain, marriage, faith, fear, and bravery.

Teresa Staton
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite writers- funny, encouraging and relatable. And out of the five books Ive read of hers, this one may be my favorite. Whatever she writes, I will be there to read it because she doesnt disappoint. ...more
Lisa Hudson
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Shankle has been blessed with an exceptional gift for writing. Shankle makes the reader feel as though theyre old friends whove met for coffee or a girls weekend and shes just sitting around talking to them as opposed to reading a book! Her effervescence is enticing and you cant keep from reading this book book in one sitting! Even though Shankles a New York Times Best Selling Author, a blogger, a podcaster and sought after Event Speaker, shes happiest being a wife, mother & mom to ...more
The only bad thing about finishing a Melanie Shankle book is that you then have to just hope and pray that she'll write another one. And then another. And then another. I stumbled upon Melanie through reading Sophie Hudson's first book years ago, and then also ended up seeing them at a Lifeway conference that same year. Since then I have religiously followed them on social media and via their podcast, and they just simply add joy to my life, and what's not to love about that? I don't know them ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
Funny, witty, and heartwarming. Shankle takes on the lessons of life with hilarious anecdotes peppered with 80s references - remember Gunne Sax and jelly shoes, Swatch and home perms? Each chapter has a theme and focus with a "brighter side" take-away that is typically the good kind of common sense advice you hear from your most trusted friend. For example, in her chapter on Comparison and Competition, she notes that these things "cease to be healthy when they do nothing but make you feel like ...more
Kim Danny
Hi everyone reading this true life story, don't ever doubt the power of Herbal medication again, because today am a living testimony to herbal medication,i was Herpes positive and i was told that it has no cure.After years of believing that herpes has no cure i finally came across Dr. Blessed on how he has cured lots of people with his herbal medication, i gave him a trial although i was skeptical at first but when I got the herbal medication, i used it as prescribed for my by Dr. Blessed and to ...more
Alaina Pollard
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful that I got to read this before its release date (February 25, 2020). Melanie is such a sincere author. I do not have her gift of writing, but I'll do my best to share my thoughts about her latest book.
Melanie is amazing at being open and real with her readers. She shares tender moments, funny stories, and God's grace through his Word. You may shed a tear while reading this, but I'm almost positive you'll relate to what she's sharing and you'll learn to give yourself more grace.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So uplifting and funny! I want to win the lottery to buy this for every one of my female friends, and the aquatints too

I love Melanie Shankles books. Shes one of the few authors I will read and re-read, and listen on Audible, and then re-read my Kindle highlights in a year.

In this memoir, I love how she takes a funny, memorable story, find a related biblical story, relate it to all of our lives, and remind us of the bright side of any low points.

I think any woman (or girl over the age of 16)
Lorraine Reep
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Im a fan of transparency peppered with sarcasm. Melanie Shankle has me laughing, crying while considering the bright side of everyday life. From staying married to raising children, from aging gracefully (but always looking for that perfect moisturizer) and making good fashion choices to fighting to be true to yourself Melanie shares real life stories of what can happen when you look for the bright side of all the things. I love a memoir and this one is a must read for women of all ages. I love
Sarah A
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Shankle uses her daily life and humor to remind me to be grateful, kind, gentle with self and others, and to live as Gods people. She reminds me that often when life gets in the way, I often will forget what grounds me people in my life. She tells real life stories I can identify with friendship, family, loss, failure, exploits from younger days. . . . She uses biblical stories to remind me of Gods promises and constant presence. One of my favorite quotes in the book is: Heres the ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Melanie Shankle (and, if Im being honest, often refer to her as my friend, Mel even though weve never met). Ive read all her books, am an avid listener of her podcast, and buy many of the products she recommends. She is real and honest and relatable. And, because we are the same age, her reflections on the 80s are spot on and always make me laugh.

My only complaint (more of an observation, I guess) is that, because I listen to her podcast, Id already heard a lot of the stories in this new
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What the World Needs

Author Melanie Shankle had me on page 12, We have forgotten what it means to give a fellow human the benefit of the double. When reading those words, I may have yelled, Yes! Im guilty and, if we are honest, so are many of us. Digging into the pages, the author had me laughing, agreeing, and whispering, Amen. Some chapters hit me more than others did but with so many topics she touches on, you will love the entire book. The author is a storyteller with comedic timing and the
Feb 26, 2020 is currently reading it
I've been reading Melanie Shankle's blog (Big Mama) for over 13 years. I have all her books and was fortunate enough to be part of this launch team as well as the launch of a previous book. Melanie writes with a perfect balance of humor and seriousness, silly and sweet. I always smile when reading her books and On the Bright Side is no exception. She finds a way to weave personal stories with biblical principles in a way that is touching but not overbearingly "too religious." She's a role model ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-audios
Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Melanie! I love her writing style, the anecdotes and the humor and the way her books leave a smile on my face. This one was no different from her earlier books. I devoured the audio version(which Melanie herself reads!) and adored it. It will definitely be a reread and a relisten, since I bought both the hard copy and the audio version. Yep, love her books that much! And this read was well worth it! Recommended!
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For such a time as this. Only God knew when Melanie Shankle wrote this it would be available during a time we'd all need a little extra help looking on the bright side! I've read all of Melanie's books and count on her to shoot straight, make me laugh, and always draw me back to a deeper truth. On the Bright Side is no exception. Her stories are entertaining and light, yet rich with feeling and meaning. As always, highly recommend!
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at just the right time. I have always felt a kinship to Melanie as our kiddos are the same age and we are close in age. Her writing has always resonated with me. This book couldn't have come out at a better time in my life. Not just because of current events in the world, but because sometimes it hard to find the "Bright Side" to just the day to day. I highly recommend this book for laughs and just to make you feel normal. Thanks, Melanie for another terrific book!
Corrie Gerbatz
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book right here is so worth every penny spent! I ordered myself a copy, finished reading the second chapter and just knew my bestie needed a copy too. So I gifted her my copy and ordered myself another #winning. These days everyone could benefit from a little bright side! Melanies ability to encourage with humor and Inspire with gospel truths is what makes this book so bingeworthy-flipping-fantastic. ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book started out with a foreword from Jen Hatmaker, and thats exactly who the style of writing in this book reminded me of. This book was witty, hilarious, cheerful, and oh so positive. It tied in snippets of all aspects of life to God and scriptures. I loved the relatability and entertaining writing, while also being encouraged to absorb some amazing truths. Ive read one of Melanies books before and didnt absolutely love it, but this one was adorable. ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you read a Melanie Shankle book it is like sitting on the porch with your best girlfriend. Shes down to earth and mixes just the right amount of humor in with these amazing little gems of wisdom. Ive finished this book under the shadow of COVID-19, I cant think of a better time to find a bright side anywhere we can. ...more
Beth Burdine
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I love Melanie Shankle and this one is my favorite so far. It has lots of Interesting and funny stories that either tie directly back to scripture or simply to encouragement to see the bright side in sometimes difficult circumstances. This is a great light-hearted read that still has a great positive message.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5/5⭐ I dont know if its because I read it at exactly the right time or because I listened to it on audio, but I think this is Melanies best work yet! I resonated with every single thing she says, even though we are in different life places. Shes hilarious and truthful, and that combination is a powerful thing. ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When nothing else sounds good to me to read, Melanie never lets me down. I actually listened to this on Audible, and as wonderful as it is to always READ a Melanie Shankle book, it's even better to hear her narrate it! It was warm, encouraging, and full of laugh out loud moments, andy husband agrees! I will be buying this book and handing it out as gifts to all my friends.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On the Bright Side is Melanie Shankles new book about looking on the bright side of whatever life throws your way. We all have disappointments, hurts, and sorrows, but it is important to remember that there is a bright side in everything. Melanie brings her signature humor to On the Bright Side and had me laughing, as well as crying, throughout the book. I highly recommend everything Melanie writes!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the opinions expressed are my own.
Katie Garoni
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love all of Melanie Shankles books. Her stories are about everyday life, but bring humor to the mundane and monotonous. Thank you for another fun book for us to devour and cherish. I love the theme of this book- a reminder to look on the Brightside every day- thank you for the encouragement and challenge! May we all look on the bright side, and encourage others to do the same. ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you how incredible this book is. Its the perfect mixture of humor, wisdom, and encouragement. Its a reminder of the reality of life and how possible it is to always find a bright side. Melanie Shankles writing is blissful, witty, and entertaining. Cant wait to pick up some of her other books! Do yourself a favor, dive into this one. ...more
Shelly Elston
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As always, Melanie wrote a book that made me laugh. I love how she shares Bible stories and verses throughout the book and relates them back to her point. She has such a gift for telling stories in hilarious and poignant ways. She always makes me wish the book had several more chapters because I never want them to end.
Simone Dorcas
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a such a great book. The author writes with humor and clarity about how to live your life joyfully. She takes pieces from her own life and you find we all struggle with the same things, no matter what age. God is there for you-you just have to keep him in your life.
Liza Abadjian
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you never read Melanies books , hurry up and start . She is so funny , truthful , hilarious as she writes about life matters , motherhood , friendships , college , marriage issues and such . I laugh out loud every time ! ...more
Kathy  Spann
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely book by Melanie Shankle. Melanies down to earth stories about marriage, raising a teenage girl, and friendship is a delight. I have read all of her books, and this one did not disappoint. When our life doesnt measure up to Instagram- take some advice out of this book. ...more
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Melanie Shankle is a graduate of Texas A&M and lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Perry, and daughter, Caroline. Melanie began blogging in July 2006 when she started her blog, Big Mama. Shes also a regular contributor to The Pioneer Woman blog. Her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, came out in February 2013 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her second book, The ...more

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