109: Melanie Shankle

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109: Melanie Shankle

109: Melanie Shankle

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This week on the Thriving Beyond Belief podcast, Melanie Shankle!

Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Big Mama blog, pens up with humor and great stories about friendship, love and what it takes to be true to yourself, you’ll be encouraged to find your way again in a world that can make you feel a little bit crazy.

In On the Bright Side, Melanie 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, with a foreword by Jen Hatmaker, 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.

Melanie Shankle writes regularly at The Big Mama blog and is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous books. Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what’s on sale at Anthropologie and trying to find the lighter side in every situation. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, the wife of Perry and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. The five of them live in San Antonio, Texas.



  • Important for us to look on the brighter side!
  • God has a plan for us and for our kids and it’s important to remember that!
  • We want to grow old gracefully!

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