Book Review: The Antelope in the Living Room

Sometimes it’s nice to read a book that is marriage-related but it’s not a “how to” or “top 15 things you are not doing well in your marriage.” Can I get an AMEN?

I just read one of those books and I figured it might be nice to share that with y’all. It’s called The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle. She blogs at TheBigMamaBlog.com and also authored Sparkly Green Earrings. 

**Let me tell you now….this book is for the ladies. Sorry, guys. I mean, you COULD read it…but in my opinion, you may prefer different reading material. I actually think there is language in this book that is only translated to female ears. Just sayin’.

The Antelope in the Living Room is a memoir. Each chapter is a separate story, but there is a through-line within the entire book of the authentic, no filter, fun-loving, humorous life of the author. She openly tells us about some of the big and seemingly small challenges that we all can be faced with in a marriage, but does so with an edge of (dare I say) sarcasm and humor.

There are lovely moments, too. We get a clear picture of the love and grace in Melanie and Perry Shankle’s marriage and a clear image of the godly commitment they have made to each other. They take the covenant of marriage seriously. But they don’t take themselves too seriously.

I recommend this book if you would like to read a light, fun-hearted, transparent memoir of a marriage that is grounded in faith and still growing and maturing. If you are in your 30’s-50’s, I think you will especially enjoy the cultural details she includes. It’s a walk down memory lane for those of us in the “middle years.” Gosh, did I just admit that?

You can pick up Melanie’s book here or visit her blog at www.TheBigMamaBlog.com. (Disclosure: I have not read her blog yet!)

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