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. Oh! Count me in! *fingers crossed*

  2. Laura Pratt says:

    I can’t wait to read this!

  3. How fun! I’d love to win! I’ve got a dreaded (and pretty big) surgery on Friday, and I’d love something great to read! Thanks, Sophie. Your blog makes me smile.

  4. I would love love love to have my hands on a copy of this gem!

  5. Amy Oliver says:

    You have to pick me! You signed my shirt at the conference in Chattanooga! We’re practically best friends :)

  6. I LOVED “Sparkly Green Earrings,” and I was definitely the random stranger yelling, “Melanie?!” at Six Flags over the summer. I can’t wait to read her next gem!

  7. Loved “Sparkly Green Earrings” so much! Read it in one sitting. Looking forward to reading this soon!!! Thank you for doing this!

  8. BooMama. I need this book. It’s a very serious, BigMama lovin matter. I’d love a copy :) much love for you too girlfriend.

  9. Sherry Lee says:

    Yes, please, I’d love a copy. You ladies make me happy, and since this winter is never going to end, I would love to curl up with it!

  10. I enjoy reading both your & Melanie’s blogs so much. I have read both of y’all’s books and would love to win the new one! I need something to help me through this long, unsouthern winter.

  11. Ansley Russell (Kniskern) says:

    If I win, I shall gift it to my grandmother (who is 96), so no pressure…just pick me.

  12. Jennifer Johnston says:

    always looking for a new book;)

  13. Christa A says:

    Pretty please, Boomama?!

  14. Stephanie A says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  15. Brenda Branch says:

    Can’t wait to read her book.

  16. I read, and fell in love with her first one. I would LOVE to read her second one!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  17. I gave my mom sparkly green earrings for Mother’s Day. This would be perfect for her when she has knee replacement surgery next month.

  18. I loved her first book so much! (Almost as much as I loved yours!) so. I am hoping you pick me! Glad you are back to normal after your adventure last week.

  19. Katy Williams says:

    Can’t wait to read it! :)

  20. I would love a copy! Thank you so much, Sophie:)

  21. I loved her first book. Can’t wait for this one.

  22. Can’t wait to read it!!!

  23. Kris Street says:

    I would love to read Melanie’s new book!

  24. I would love to win a copy of The Antelope in the Living Room. I love Melanie’s blog and loved Sparkly Green Earrings! Pick me!!
    I’m so glad that your life has returned back to normal after all your weather-related craziness. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

  25. Please! My peeps and I needanother book to pass around and discuss :)

  26. Susan Stanley says:

    I would love to read her book!

  27. I’d love a copy of her book, especially considering I’m about to have a deer go up in my home soon 😳!

  28. Yes please!

  29. Me! Pick me!!!! I want to read the Antelope with sparkly earrings book!!!

  30. Rganks for the giveaway!

  31. Tammy Jasper says:

    Oh, yes! We are leaving for Disney on Wednesday and is love to read it on the plane down!!! Love Melanie and you too! Glad you had a great weekend after such a wild week!

  32. Misty Lassley says:

    Pick me!! I would love to have a copy of the book! Big fan over here in Mississippi!

  33. Shelly V. says:

    I would love to win a book!

  34. I love y’all’s books, blogs and podcasts. I will be adding Melanie’s book to my collection this week, but if I win a copy, it would save my husband money. :-)

    Thanks for this giveaway Sophie!

  35. Yes please!

  36. I love her writing so much…can’t wait to read this book!

  37. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings and would love a copy of this one, too!

  38. Love you, Melanie Shankle and your recommendations. Reading Chasing God now and would love to win a copy to read this next! Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

  39. I’ve been reading Melanie’s words for years- I would love to win a copy of her newest!

  40. Lindsey F says:

    I would love to win her new book! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings!!

  41. Susan berry says:

    I loved her first book and would be so happy to win this one!

  42. Pick me!!!!

  43. Can’t wait to read this book!!! Loved sparkly green earrings :)

  44. I am so, so excited to read this book!! Melanie is absolutely hilarious!

  45. Purdy please???? ;)

  46. Would love to win a copy!

  47. I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  48. I would love to win!

  49. I loved her first book (and yours!) and can’t wait to read The Antelope in the Living Room!!

  50. Candice T says:

    I love Melanie and love you!! I really enjoyed you at the Dot mom conference in Chattanooga last year!

  51. I loved her first book. I read it while on a flight to St. John this past Summer. I would really love to win this book. You are such a good friend to do this for her!!!

  52. I loved loved loved sparkly green earrings! My favorite book.. By far! I’d love to win this!

  53. I want an antelope!

  54. Wahoo! Looking forward to this book!

  55. Jenni Young says:

    Love Big Mama blog! And love Boo Mama blog too! My daughter was caught in the Bham snow storm last week too! Crazy!

  56. So looking forward to reading it, would love to win a copy!

  57. Lindsay B. says:

    I would love to win a copy of her book!

  58. So glad you’ve recovered safely after the epic weather week!
    Since we’re re-working our”winter weather emergency kit,” this would be a great time to add a new book because “reading material for when-I-have-to-stay-at-my-office-or-in-my-car-for-crazy-long-during-an-unprecedented-snow-event” is now a requirement. :)
    Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway!

  59. Loved her first book! Would love to read this one. Thank you for the chance.

  60. We loved having you in opelika! Would love to add this book to my collection.,

  61. Pam Wildes says:

    I loved the first one-can’t wait to read this one!

  62. Andrea W. says:

    I loved Sparkly Green Earrings! Can’t wait to read Antelope in the Living Room!

  63. Would love to win this book!

  64. I would love to receive a copy!!

  65. I would love to win this! Before I break down and order it. :-)

  66. Would love to win! Loved her first book!

  67. I would just love to win!

  68. Can’t wait to read this!!

  69. Would love to win!

  70. I love reading each of your blogs each day! I can’t wait to read Melanie’s new book!

  71. I love her blog and first book! And I’m having surgery February 6 so I’d LOVE to have something awesome to read while I recuperate. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  72. I loved “Sparkly Green Earrings” so much. I can’t wait to read Melanie’s new book!

  73. Loved her first book and would love to win a copy of this one!

  74. I would so love it!

  75. Betsy Yow says:

    I am so excited about her new book and very glad you, along with the rest of Birmingham and Atlanta, are back safe and sound at home!

  76. Can’t wait to read the book!

  77. I’ll take some antelopes please!

  78. Leslie Mertz says:

    I would love to win this book!

  79. Boom.

  80. Me please!

  81. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings..can’t wait to read Antelope!

  82. I’d be thrilled to win a copy!!

  83. Mary Ellen says:

    Loved her first book. Looking forward to reading this one.
    Would love to win. Thanks!

  84. Can’t wait to read it!!

  85. I loved your Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, so if this is even half as good, it will be a joy to read. I could use a laugh these days. Thanks for the offer!

  86. yes please!!

  87. I can’t wait to give this to my big sister! We both loved her first book, and I know we will both love this one!

  88. I loved her first book and can’t wait to read this one!! Thanks for giving five away!!!

  89. Would LOVE to win a copy!!!

  90. Chrissy Huffman says:

    Woo Hoo!!! Can’t wait to read her second book!!!

  91. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  92. Beth in the Heartland says:

    Would love to win this! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings. Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. Tammy Minnick says:

    Awwww I love both of yall!

  94. I’d love to win a copy of Melanie’s book!

  95. Katherine Heath says:

    I would love to win this! If I don’t win, I will happily buy it though! Cannot wait to read this book!!

  96. Oh, I cannot wait to read this! I absolutely love Sparkly Green Earrings! I laughed Til I cried, cried Til I sobbed, and laughed and cried some more! Melanie is such a gifted writer!

  97. Lindsey Grace says:

    Oh pick me!!! Love y’all’s blogs and can’t wait to read this book whether I win it or not!!! 😃 Much ❤❤❤!!!

  98. Please Please Please!!

  99. I’d love her book – her first one was great!!! Love you both!

  100. I want it!!! :)