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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 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 the midst of online arguments and crazy politics and the ups and downs of life, we've lost sight of the gifts that are all around us: kindness, love, mercy, and joy. In On the Bright Side, Melanie Shankle reminds us of the unchanging principles we can count on in a changing world. These are lessons that Melanie has learned along the way about how to find all the joy that life has to offer - and why encouragement is never something to keep to ourselves. Exploring topics such as dealing with comparisons, when life doesn't turn out like we expected, and how to find your people, Melanie invites us to lead with love in all areas of our lives. This delightful memoir highlights the joys of life told in Melanie's down to earth, relatable, and totally enjoyable style. On the Bright Side is a how-to guide to knowing - and living - what matters most.


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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 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 the midst of online arguments and crazy politics and the ups and downs of life, we've lost sight of the gifts that are all around us: kindness, love, mercy, and joy. In On the Bright Side, Melanie Shankle reminds us of the unchanging principles we can count on in a changing world. These are lessons that Melanie has learned along the way about how to find all the joy that life has to offer - and why encouragement is never something to keep to ourselves. Exploring topics such as dealing with comparisons, when life doesn't turn out like we expected, and how to find your people, Melanie invites us to lead with love in all areas of our lives. This delightful memoir highlights the joys of life told in Melanie's down to earth, relatable, and totally enjoyable style. On the Bright Side is a how-to guide to knowing - and living - what matters most.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Speight

    I love to read anything Melanie Shankle writes - it’s never heavy, will make me laugh out loud at some point, and always teaches me something. In this weird time we are living in, taking a moment to reflect on the bright side of ‘shelter in place’ is a good reminder that God is ever faithful and always present.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    A book that quotes the Scriptures, C.S. Lewis, and Dr. Seuss? An author who makes you laugh and cry, think and sigh? That’s 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 empty-n A book that quotes the Scriptures, C.S. Lewis, and Dr. Seuss? An author who makes you laugh and cry, think and sigh? That’s 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 empty-nester, my soccer mom days a distant memory, her words still resonated with me. For example, she shares her feelings about her teenage daughter growing up and muses: “The worst thing kids do is grow up, turn into lovely people you genuinely adore, and then move out of your house.” Oh, how I could relate! At the end of each chapter, she offers an “on the bright side” reflection, because “We will love better, live richer, and laugh more when we live on the bright side.” This book is a delightful read that feels more like a conversation with a kind friend, one who knows that life has both ups and downs, but “the bright side is that you have a God who is always working for your good, even in the hardest of times.” I highly recommend this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Selaty

    Here’s the thing, I really enjoy this authors voice and I very much enjoy her books and humor BUT she regurgitates many of her stories. So if you’ve read one book you’ve basically read 3/4 of them all with a little new info thrown in. Maybe if I hadn’t listened to them back to back and instead spread them out over a few years I wouldn’t have noticed this - but since I didn’t do that it was very apparent. I’ll probably skip any more of her books for now and go back later to finish when the inform Here’s the thing, I really enjoy this authors voice and I very much enjoy her books and humor BUT she regurgitates many of her stories. So if you’ve read one book you’ve basically read 3/4 of them all with a little new info thrown in. Maybe if I hadn’t listened to them back to back and instead spread them out over a few years I wouldn’t have noticed this - but since I didn’t do that it was very apparent. I’ll probably skip any more of her books for now and go back later to finish when the information isn’t as fresh in my mind.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I read this coming-soon book in two days, two rainy days to be exact. Honestly, I’m over this wet winter we’ve 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. She’s 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. “Ou I read this coming-soon book in two days, two rainy days to be exact. Honestly, I’m over this wet winter we’ve 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. She’s 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. “Our whole lives are journeys with beginnings, middles, and ends. We worry about whatever the next stage of life is that feels too uncertain, because it’s in those middle places that we often experience the heartbreak and hard times of life. But if we are willing to stop and look, it’s in those same middle places that we will see God for who he really is, because we finally have to admit that we didn’t know as much as we thought we did.” The sunshine came out the other day and gave me a renewed perspective of God’s faithfulness. That’s exactly what this book did for my soul. I was left encouraged and ready to finish this season well before another one begins.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Staton

    Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite writers- funny, encouraging and relatable. And out of the five books I’ve read of hers, this one may be my favorite. Whatever she writes, I will be there to read it because she doesn’t disappoint.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I am currently pressing this book into the hands of everyone I know. Thank you, Melanie Shankle. I have picked up several nonfiction books in this same vein during our at home life and then put them down. On The Bright Side was exactly what I needed in terms of humor, faith and good life lessons. I needed to have this light hearted take on being positive and getting through rough times with grace so much. Go buy this now. You won't be sorry. I am currently pressing this book into the hands of everyone I know. Thank you, Melanie Shankle. I have picked up several nonfiction books in this same vein during our at home life and then put them down. On The Bright Side was exactly what I needed in terms of humor, faith and good life lessons. I needed to have this light hearted take on being positive and getting through rough times with grace so much. Go buy this now. You won't be sorry.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    5/5⭐️— I don’t know if it’s because I read it at exactly the right time or because I listened to it on audio, but I think this is Melanie’s best work yet! I resonated with every single thing she says, even though we are in different life places. She’s hilarious and truthful, and that combination is a powerful thing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kara Larson

    So far this is my favorite by Shankle as it felt more put together following a clear theme than others I’ve read. The themes of relationships, parenting, aging, friends and hard times written using scripture principles, wisdom and humor made me think, laugh and cry. Overall feels like a long chat with an older sister-friend. Some of my favorite passages of many: “We seem to have forgotten that we can disagree and still love. Me calling you and idiot for your political beliefs isn’t going to do one So far this is my favorite by Shankle as it felt more put together following a clear theme than others I’ve read. The themes of relationships, parenting, aging, friends and hard times written using scripture principles, wisdom and humor made me think, laugh and cry. Overall feels like a long chat with an older sister-friend. Some of my favorite passages of many: “We seem to have forgotten that we can disagree and still love. Me calling you and idiot for your political beliefs isn’t going to do one thing to change your mind; it will just change our relationship. We have to let the Spirit dwell in us so that we can have peace, patience, joy, love, kindness and self-control. Imagine how different Twitter and the world would be if we all kept that in mind and acted even remotely reasonable and open to hearing someone else’s point of view.” “Fear exists because we live in a broken world where so much is beyond our control. ... But the hope within the story of our fear is the story of who is in control. And the truth is, it is not always wrong to feel afraid.” “It’s in the pouring out of ourselves by loving others that we ultimately find out who we were created to be.” “Maybe the very thing that feels like it will destroy us is the thing that bring God near to us.” “All it takes to stop the dysfunction is for one brave person to ask God for the strength and determination to change the narrative, but you have to allow God to heal the parts of you that are still raw and wounded, or you will carry that baggage and insecurities into the new thing you’re asking God to create. He will give you beauty for ashes always, but it can take time, and it requires standing strong for what you know to be true. And there will be people who don’t like or appreciate the stand you are taking to build a healthier future or your decision to walk away.” “Sometimes, faithfulness to God sets us on a course where circumstances seem to get worse, not better. That’s when we have to dig deep and choose to believe that God is always good even when our lives are hard.” “My wholeness comes from knowing Jesus and trusting that he will always have be exactly where he wants me to be, speaking into the lives he wants me to impact.” “There comes a time in our lives when we have to stand up and fight instead of backing down. We have to fight to be true to ourselves in a world that that wants to tell us we have to be something we’re not. We have to fight for our families. ... One of the greatest tricks the enemy can play on us is to convince us nothing is worth the fight. We have to hold our ground and remember that anything worth having is going to require taking a stand and not backing down.” “The key to fighting for who and what you were created to be is remembering that the outcome isn’t ultimately up to you.” “You were made for more. You are deeply loved and thoughtfully created.” “The bright side is, he loves us enough to lead us to exactly who he made is to be, and to give us victory when we stay true to ourselves in a world that will tell us all the ways we need to change.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    In her review, my best friend wrote that Melanie Shankle has the unique gifting of making her laugh on one page and tear up on the next... and I must say, I completely agree! This book was a delight and very entertaining with nuggets of godly wisdom peppered throughout.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Geales

    Hilarious and heartwarming short stories—part of the five stars might be because Melanie reads the audiobook herself and is hilarious.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Levi

    Fun. Hilarious. True.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Tilley

    I absolutely loved it, as I have all her books. Just feels like I’m chatting with a friend. I’ll say I did read this at the perfect time. It was the perfect dose of encouragement during this season of Coronavirus. I’ve given most of her books as gifts to my friends. I think I’ll be sending this one out as gifts as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Armstrong

    This book was sweet and encouraging. Nothing revolutionary but it was nice to listen (free on Scribd!) to something lighthearted yet still meaningful.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paige Connell

    Melanie Shankle feels like your best friend and big sister and mom and little voice inside of your head who just GETS you. I've read lots of her other books, which are a mixture of autobiography, Christian self-help, anecdotal motivation, and humor, and I've never been disappointed by one. This one's topic is the importance of focusing on the "bright side" of so many different situations, and it could not have been more timely to read than in this moment of life. It doesn't feel like a lot of go Melanie Shankle feels like your best friend and big sister and mom and little voice inside of your head who just GETS you. I've read lots of her other books, which are a mixture of autobiography, Christian self-help, anecdotal motivation, and humor, and I've never been disappointed by one. This one's topic is the importance of focusing on the "bright side" of so many different situations, and it could not have been more timely to read than in this moment of life. It doesn't feel like a lot of good is going on in the world right now, but Melanie reminds us--through stories of canine poop explosion, microneedling your face, retro fashion styles, parenting a teenager, and more--that there is always a bright side to see when you focus on the positive things and lessons from the Lord. It's a quick read and one that will leave you laughing, nodding your head, and wanting to underline the million truth nuggets throughout. I can't recommend all her books enough!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carole Cornell

    Things I liked in this book: the author reads the book and I enjoy her voice. She has a good sense of humor. She seems authentic. I liked hearing her talk about her marriage, daughter, and girlfriends. What did not resonate with me were the frequent scripture quotes and references to God's Plan for each of us. I am not a believer. I recognize that many people do believe and feel better for that. It's just not for me. Had I known there was so much of that stuff in the book, I wouldn't have picked Things I liked in this book: the author reads the book and I enjoy her voice. She has a good sense of humor. She seems authentic. I liked hearing her talk about her marriage, daughter, and girlfriends. What did not resonate with me were the frequent scripture quotes and references to God's Plan for each of us. I am not a believer. I recognize that many people do believe and feel better for that. It's just not for me. Had I known there was so much of that stuff in the book, I wouldn't have picked it up. But I persevered to the end and enjoyed the non-religious parts.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie Manthey

    A lot of fun stories here about finding happiness in daily life. I wasn't expecting to find so many religious references, however, so that might be a surprise to other readers as it's not obvious based on the book cover itself. If you are looking for stories the focus on the bright side, then this is an uplifting book to add to your reading list. A lot of fun stories here about finding happiness in daily life. I wasn't expecting to find so many religious references, however, so that might be a surprise to other readers as it's not obvious based on the book cover itself. If you are looking for stories the focus on the bright side, then this is an uplifting book to add to your reading list.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I love Melanie Shankle (and, if I’m being honest, often refer to her as “my friend, Mel” even though we’ve never met). I’ve 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 80’s 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, I’d already heard a lot of the stories in I love Melanie Shankle (and, if I’m being honest, often refer to her as “my friend, Mel” even though we’ve never met). I’ve 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 80’s 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, I’d already heard a lot of the stories in this new book. On the bright side, the book came out right in the middle of an unexpected week of doctor-prescribed bed rest so I was able to enjoy it immediately.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Denny

    Cute, quick, easy read. A great little palette cleanser between heavier books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    “Those who fail to plan often find themselves binge watching Netflix” so plan to “gather ‘round the campfire known as Insta stories” for Melanie Shankle's Girl, You Ain’t That Great (retitled On the Bright Side for publicity purposes)! This could get wild, so grab your Bible for protection (because “serial killers don’t carry Bibles”), marshmallows for smores or an English muffin for sustenance (because “generally speaking, English muffins don’t just disappear unless the rapture happened and sai “Those who fail to plan often find themselves binge watching Netflix” so plan to “gather ‘round the campfire known as Insta stories” for Melanie Shankle's Girl, You Ain’t That Great (retitled On the Bright Side for publicity purposes)! This could get wild, so grab your Bible for protection (because “serial killers don’t carry Bibles”), marshmallows for smores or an English muffin for sustenance (because “generally speaking, English muffins don’t just disappear unless the rapture happened and said muffin believed in Jesus”), and sweatpants (because “sweatpants are like a hug for your legs, and I think we could all use a good hug right now in light of the fact that we are living in a time when it seems as if the whole world has lost its mind...Plus, sweatpants pair nicely with Netflix and a glass of wine.” What more could you ask for in the day of quarantine and social distancing?!! “The only place I really like to be is in the center of my couch.” But then came COVID, the dirty, wet, smelly cat that leapt out of nowhere onto our global couch… “and none of us are immune to those moments, no matter our spiritual depth, socioeconomic status, or family situation…COVID-19 is like the universe is putting the world on time out to think about our actions. But God is a God of cleaning up messes, both the ones we make with our own two hands and the ones that are the dirty, wet, smelly cats that get dropped into our lives.” “We have become a culture that binges on fear-based click bait....What we do with our fear reveals what we really believe...We will never really know ourselves or our God until we have been tested by adversity and hard times...Just because there are times when nothing works the way we thought it would doesn’t mean God isn’t working all those things together for our ultimate good.” What matters isn’t what we said or did; it’s how we loved and lived. “We aren’t defined by our last bad decision; we are defined by the decision we make next...The key to fighting for who and what you were created to be is remembering that the outcome isn’t ultimately up to you...It’s in the pouring out of ourselves...that we alternately find who we were created to be.” Many people believe in God, but “you have to have a relationship with God to be able to trust him...Ultimately, faith is believing that God always does what he says he will do, but realizing that rarely ever looks the way we thought it would. Psalm 46:10 says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God. ‘Be still’ doesn’t mean be quiet...It means let go...Everything we put our faith in which is not God has to be burned to the ground in order for something new to grow.” Shankle reminds us of God’s people in Israel. “In the midst of what had to be the scariest time of uncertainty they had ever faced...they trusted God and packed the tambourines.” I have to believe their soundtrack was DJ Snake and Bipolar Sunshine’s The Middle!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hudson

    Melanie Shankle has been blessed with an exceptional gift for writing. Shankle makes the reader feel as though they’re old friends who’ve met for coffee or a girl’s weekend and she’s just sitting around talking to them as opposed to reading a book! Her effervescence is enticing and you can’t keep from reading this book book in one sitting! Even though Shankle’s a New York Times Best Selling Author, a blogger, a podcaster and sought after Event Speaker, she’s happiest being a wife, mother & mom t Melanie Shankle has been blessed with an exceptional gift for writing. Shankle makes the reader feel as though they’re old friends who’ve met for coffee or a girl’s weekend and she’s just sitting around talking to them as opposed to reading a book! Her effervescence is enticing and you can’t keep from reading this book book in one sitting! Even though Shankle’s a New York Times Best Selling Author, a blogger, a podcaster and sought after Event Speaker, she’s happiest being a wife, mother & mom to two wild and crazy dogs. I believe that God works through all things. I also believe He inspired Shankle to write ON THE BRIGHT SIDE for such a time as this! Here is one of my favorite quotes from her book: “There will always be situations outside our control. And that’s the point. God wants us in a place of trusting him to provide and to protect. It’s no wonder we get so freaked out; we were never meant to handle it all alone. We need to remember these truths: God is good, God is ever present, God is sovereign, and God is full of grace and mercy and love for us.” Words we all need to read and remember in just such a time as this. Shankle has the ability to teach you great Bible truths without being preachy. She will also touch your heart in the deepest most vulnerable places and make you stop and reevaluate your relationship with God, your spouse, children, friends, church family and community. That’s something we all need to do whether we want to or not. She also celebrates the friendships of women and the need for them starting from young girls to old age. Never underestimate the power of mentoring, especially spiritual mentoring. The thing I love most about this book (and all of her other “stuff”) is her exceptional wit. The woman KNOWS how to tell a story, captivate an audience and leave them better off than when they came. What more can we ask for? I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Zondervan. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    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 p 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 personally, of course, but see so much of myself in the way that they do life -- particularly in the way that they love Jesus and people so well. "On the Bright Side" is so relatable and so full of humor, insight, advice, and inspiration. In a wacky world where everyone seems full to the brim of bitterness and rage, this book is a true delight and a reminder that there is always, always, always a bright side. I can't recommend this book enough, unless it means lending my copy to someone, which I can't do. Sorry, not sorry.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile on FB, Club Book Mobile on IG & Andrea RBK On the Bright Side by Melanie Shankle is the newest memoir by an author I love. Part of why I find her so endearing is she's an Aggie, so I feel that Texas nostalgia as I read. This collection is focused on (as the title would imply) finding the silver linings and positives in a variety of situations. She identifies things that came seem like a bummer and how to reframe and find the joy in those spaces More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile on FB, Club Book Mobile on IG & Andrea RBK On the Bright Side by Melanie Shankle is the newest memoir by an author I love. Part of why I find her so endearing is she's an Aggie, so I feel that Texas nostalgia as I read. This collection is focused on (as the title would imply) finding the silver linings and positives in a variety of situations. She identifies things that came seem like a bummer and how to reframe and find the joy in those spaces. With this, she also drives a faith-based connection. I love the authentic way this author writes. She isn't afraid to acknowledge struggles in her life, and she shares how she uses faith, friends and family to work through situations. I will be honest that there are other of her books that I have just loved, and this didn't quite achieve their status, AND this is also an author whose books I'll always read as she just reflects in a way that resonates with my heart.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    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 w 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 what you have isn't enough." There are some biblical examples in each chapter too and most were a good fit for the point Shankle was trying to drive home. Her own personal examples of being a wife, mother, community member, and working woman ring more true in her authenticity and willingness to look less-than-perfect. Mostly her goal is to restore some joy and kindness to our daily lives and our interactions with each other and this hits the mark.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan McGill

    This book was adorable, inspirational – it made me smile, laugh and appreciate my life for the way it has gone and for all I have done. For many of us, we forget and lose the art of looking on the bright side. Don’t deny it, we tend to go towards the negative side in many aspects of our life, we all do it. But this book reminds you that there is no prize for first place in life. And another woman’s good news doesn’t limit what God wants to do in your life – because on the bright side, you are ex This book was adorable, inspirational – it made me smile, laugh and appreciate my life for the way it has gone and for all I have done. For many of us, we forget and lose the art of looking on the bright side. Don’t deny it, we tend to go towards the negative side in many aspects of our life, we all do it. But this book reminds you that there is no prize for first place in life. And another woman’s good news doesn’t limit what God wants to do in your life – because on the bright side, you are exactly who and what you were created to be! Life moves faster than a Chick-Fil-A drive thru, and that’s the truth!! Holding our plans, hopes and dreams with an open hand, remembering that often the things that are ahead are better than the things we left behind must always be reminded of. And remember, at the end of the long day, joggers always pair nicely with Netflix and a glass of wine!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    Every now and then we need a reminder of how to look on the bright side. In this light, heartfelt, funny, and relatable read you will be reminded of just how wonderful and bless our lives truly are. It is never easy or perfect but guess what? That’s okay! I took this book in via audible and I loved Melanie’s Texas accent and hilarious story telling. She’s a firm believer in God and quotes scriptures through there book right alongside Dr.Seuss, C.S. Lewis, and 1980s movie classics. You will laugh Every now and then we need a reminder of how to look on the bright side. In this light, heartfelt, funny, and relatable read you will be reminded of just how wonderful and bless our lives truly are. It is never easy or perfect but guess what? That’s okay! I took this book in via audible and I loved Melanie’s Texas accent and hilarious story telling. She’s a firm believer in God and quotes scriptures through there book right alongside Dr.Seuss, C.S. Lewis, and 1980s movie classics. You will laugh, cry, think “amen sister” and probably disagree with a few things along the way but this book is defiantly a journey you are going to want to take. Not matter your age, race, marital status, or phase of life this book has something for everyone and is just plain fun. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us again and again Melanie. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars for this uplifting take on life in the 21st century

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I really enjoyed this book! I listened to the audio which Melanie Shankle did herself. Melanie shares a lot of experiences throughout her life and she has a very bubbly and hilarious way of explaining them. Melanie has a daughter close to my daughter's age and she gives advice and tips that she gave her daughter as she went through her teen years and I could relate a lot to it. I love the story she told of her daughter getting a new pair of shoes and she wrote bible passages all over them and th I really enjoyed this book! I listened to the audio which Melanie Shankle did herself. Melanie shares a lot of experiences throughout her life and she has a very bubbly and hilarious way of explaining them. Melanie has a daughter close to my daughter's age and she gives advice and tips that she gave her daughter as she went through her teen years and I could relate a lot to it. I love the story she told of her daughter getting a new pair of shoes and she wrote bible passages all over them and that was when Melanie knew she had gotten it right with daughter. Her daughter had turned to scripture for comfort in difficult things she was going through as a teen. There are lots of other great stories in her book, not just of her being a mom, but of her childhood, marriage, etc. This book will definitely put a smile on your face and Melanie keeps it upbeat and throws in wonderful scripture that fits perfectly with her stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alaina Pollard

    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. 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. Life is hard, but God is still HERE. He's working all the while. I found many sentences worth highlighting, but here is one I'll share: "The bright side is, he loves us enough to lead us to exactly who he made us to be, and to give us victory when we stand our ground and fight to stay true to ourselves in a world that will tell us all the ways we need to change."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah A

    Melanie Shankle uses her daily life and humor to remind me to be grateful, kind, gentle with self and others, and to live as God’s 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 God’s promises and constant presence. One of my favorite quotes in the book is: “Here’s the Melanie Shankle uses her daily life and humor to remind me to be grateful, kind, gentle with self and others, and to live as God’s 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 God’s promises and constant presence. One of my favorite quotes in the book is: “Here’s the secret to life: put God first. Every good decision I’ve made can be traced directly back to how much I trusted God and listened to his voice before I made it.” Reading this book provided me with my favorite things about reading— a few laughs, a lot of truth, and some tears.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Reep

    I’m 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 I’m 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 her list of things to help you find the bright side because let’s be real...some days it’s hard to see but so worth it to help you know the joy of a life well lived. You are going to laugh out loud, I promise.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    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!” I’m 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 an 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!” I’m 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 way she turns each chapter topic into a lesson, a great teacher, too! Do yourself a favor and grab On The Bright Side!

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