It’s Time To Give Away Some Antelopes

Well, I think we are officially back to normal after last week’s craziness. I got THE SLEEP OF MY LIFE Wednesday night – the best sleep I can remember since the Saturday night after I took the ACT in high school – and Thursday I got to do really fun things like picking up my car and shopping for groceries. You’d better believe that I did not take either of those things even a little bit for granted. It felt like sweet, beautiful luxury to be mobile and run errands and come home and cook supper. Perspective teaches some memorable lessons, you know.

Friday I had a speaking thing (I don’t know what else to call it. Please forgive my awkward terminology.) down in Opelika, Alabama, and spending some time with those sweet women was a great way to wrap up the week. I was home by noon on Saturday, back in pajamas by 2, and happily napping by 3. So it was a pretty good day as far as Saturdays go.

(By the way, I have another speaking thing this Saturday, February 8th at Trinity UMC here in Birmingham, and the ladies who are organizing the event asked if I’d pass along the info to the folks who read my blog. So here’s the info if you’re interested; it would be so fun to see some of y’all there.)

So that’s about it, really, for our weekend. Today was pretty much a typical Sunday. I did manage to wrench my back when I was getting dressed this morning, so I have spent most of the afternoon slathering on Icy Hot and wondering when I turned 107. I’ve even thought about when I was little and those commercials for Doan’s Back Pills would come on during The Price is Right. I couldn’t fathom why the grown-ups had so many issues with their backs, but apparently the folks at Doan’s knew something that I wouldn’t know until I made friends with my 40s.

But listen. None of that even matters right now.


The real point of today’s post is this little treasure right here.


Oh, y’all. I love it so much. IT IS FANTASTIC.

And yes, I know that I am shamelessly, unabashedly biased when it comes to Melanie. She is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world and one of my very best friends. But that’s part of the reason why I am so crazy about The Antelope in the Living Room – because this book is so her. It’s hilarious and tender and real. You will laugh out loud on page one (and countless times after that), and you will shed a tear or nine, too. Basically it’s like sitting in Melanie’s den and listening to her tell stories – and by the time you get to the end of the book, you will be encouraged, inspired, and relieved that there’s someone out there who has shared the same struggles, the same joys – and who sees the same very good God behind every single bit of it.

This book is such a good ‘un, y’all. You don’t want to miss it.

So. I haven’t even told Melanie this (and considering that we talked, you know, last night, that is sort of a feat), but I’m giving away five (5) copies of The Antelope in the Living Room. This giveaway isn’t sponsored by anyone; neither Mel nor Tyndale asked me to do it. I just want to give away some copies because I love this book and I know that you will, too.

SO – if you’d like to enter to win a copy of The Antelope in the Living Room (which comes out THIS TUESDAY, February 4th), just leave a comment on this post. I’ll leave this giveaway open for 24 hours, which means that I’ll shut down the comments at 8:00pm central on Monday, February 3rd. I’ll notify winners ASAP, and you’ll be able to choose whether you’d like to have a paperback or an eBook. I’ll order your book just as soon as I have all the necessary information.

Ready, set, Antelope, everybody – you’re going to love it!

This giveaway is now closed.

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  1. Elizabeth Holloway says:

    I lovedf Sparkly Green Earrings so much! Would love, love to win this!

  2. Pick me!!!:):)

  3. Yes! Yes! Yes!

  4. Tina Wilson says:

    I really enjoy your writing, so I know if you recommend a book, it’s going to be good!

  5. Jennifer S says:

    I would LOVE a copy!!! Thank you Sophie!!!

  6. I would love to get a copy of this book! Looking forward to reading it!

  7. Can’t wait to read it!

  8. Emily Matthews says:

    I would love a copy of her book!

  9. Sarah Nadeau says:

    If her second book is as good as Sparkly Green Earrings, I can’t wait to read this one!!!

  10. I can’t wait to read Melanie’s new book! Although, I really liked your book too… even read it twice! So glad you survived your snowstorm and your little family is back together :)

  11. Thank you for the chance! I can’t wait to read it.

  12. Regina Ballard says:

    Love your blog & your book!

  13. I’ve loved both of your books and can’t wait to read this next one. Thanks

  14. Would love to win this! I love reading big mama’s blog and sparkly green earrings!

  15. I adore Melanie and can’t wait to read this book! (Also, your next book, Ms. BooMama! Let’s get a release date on that one, stat! :))

  16. Laura Forman says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

  17. Nicole reiner says:

    Loved her first book- can’t wait I read this one!

  18. Tara Craver says:

    I would LOVE one!! Just finished your book!! Hilarious and such good truth! Loved it! 😊

  19. I can’t wait to read this book! I loved Melanie’s first one and imagine the same will be true for Antelope! Thank you!

  20. Tammy Braddy says:

    I would love to get a copy of this book! Looking forward to reading it!

  21. I loved her first book (and gave away a bunch of copies as gifts.) I’d love to win her new one!

  22. hayley farnsworth says:

    Can’t wait to read it! I follow both of you and just love the podcasts as well!

  23. Love Melanie, love you, and would love to win this book!

  24. Erica (A Yankee in Jawja) says:

    I can only imagine how good it must be! :)

  25. Looking forward to reading it!

  26. Liz Motes says:

    Read Sparkly Green Earrings & passed on to friends so I know I would enjoy reading this new treasure! Even if I don’t THANKS for letting us know about the new book:)

  27. Yes, please :)

  28. Love reading about Mel’s life! Please pick me!

  29. Oh, yes, please! Loved her first one and love pretty much everything she writes! Ok, everything.

  30. Have you ever heard a person say a book changed their life and thought, “They must be cray cray?” Well, me too. Except Sparkly Green Earrings did really and truly change my life. So I can’t wait to read Antelope!

  31. Would love to read Melanie’s book. We have an antelope or two in our garage!

  32. Woooooo! Yes, please!

  33. Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Pick me!

    Can’t wait to read it. :)

  34. I would love to win. :)

  35. I would love to read her new book!

  36. I would love a copy!!

  37. I would love to win!

  38. I’m sure I’ll love it!

  39. PICK ME!!!

  40. Would love, love, love this!

  41. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, can’t wait to read this one!

  42. Jennifer D says:

    I would love to win this book:) I can’t wait to read it!

  43. Christina says:

    Oh I love a giveaway!! I’ve heard a lot of good about this book!!:)

  44. This book might help the sadness I feel for Peyton disappear (Super Bowl).

  45. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings and would love to read this one.

  46. Alyssa J. says:

    I can’t wait to read this!

  47. Allison A. says:

    I would love a copy of Antelopes!

  48. Pick me! LOL! Can’t wait to read it. :)

  49. Shari Campa says:

    I want one!!!

  50. I’m so looking forward to reading this!

  51. Thanks for this, Sophie!!

  52. I love you and Melanie – and I’m eager to read her new book.

  53. Sharon York says:

    Hoping you will pick me. I promise to pay it forward.

  54. Would love to win this book!!!

  55. Jenna DeRosse says:

    I can’t wait to read it!

  56. Oh, I am so very excited to read this! Free or not, it will soon hold a spot on my nightstand!

  57. Her first book was great. Looking forward to this one and would LOVE to win it!

  58. Lane Hester says:

    Great giveaway! Hope I get a copy.
    God Bless!

  59. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

  60. Loves her first book…can’t wait to read this one!

  61. I realllly want it :)

  62. I would love to win one! Sparkly Green Earrings was great and I’m sure Antelope will be too!

  63. I would love to win!

  64. Lover Sparkly Green Earrings – would love to win a copy of her new book.

  65. Oooh!! I can’t wait to read this book!! :)

  66. Sounds like a great read. I’d love to win!

  67. I (heart) free books!!!

  68. LeAnn Maroney says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  69. Can not wait to read this book!!

  70. Would love to have this book! Melanie is awesome!

  71. Tammy Elrod says:

    I loved her first book so I am sure I will love this one too.

  72. Yes, please!

  73. Would love it!

  74. I just redecorated my house and need an antelope in my living room….in my hand while I lay on the couch to read with a Route 44 ice tea from Sonic. Just sayin’ that would be the best weekend EVER!

  75. Would LOVE to sit down with you or Melanie and hear your stories. But this book will make me happy, too.

  76. Oooooo i hope I win!!!

  77. Absolutely loved Sparkly Green Earrings, so I’d love to read this one ASAP!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway Sophie!!

  78. Would love a copy of Melanie’s new book!
    How wonderful! Thank you!

  79. Jennifer Thorne says:

    I would love a copy of Melanie’s new book!! Just finished “Sparkly Green Earrings” and need another Big Mama fix!!

  80. I would love a copy of her book!

  81. Brittany R says:

    I would love a copy!

  82. I would love to read this one, the first one was great.

  83. So sweet :)

  84. Shari Ingram says:

    I would LOVE this book!

  85. Can’t wait to read this!

  86. elizabeth andriot says:

    hooray, so fun!

  87. Yes please (this might be a duplicate, if so sorry go ahead and delete it.)

  88. Michelle T. says:

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings! Thank you for a chance to win Melanie’s new book!

  89. I would love it because my hubby asked to marry him 19 yrs ago today!!

  90. Pick me, please!

  91. Kelly Wiggins says:

    I’d love to have this book, sounds fun!

  92. I know I will love this one as I loved her first so much!

  93. A copy of this book would make my day! Love your podcast with Boo Mama! :)

  94. I loved Melanie’s first book and am excited to read this one. Crossing my fingers!

  95. I would LOVE a copy!!

  96. Would love this! I met Melanie at a talk she gave in Tyler, Tx….lovely, God-filled woman! Now – when are YOU coming our way?!?!

  97. Did you hear me squeal when I saw that Melanie has a new book coming out? That makes us all winners! If only you had a new one coming out this week too… Anyway, I am shamelessly asking you to pick me for a freebie!

  98. The only thing that would be better would be if Melanie signed it!

  99. Got your book and Melanie’s for Christmas….loved them both! Would love Antelope also!:)

  100. I would love to win a book!!