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. Teressa Stout says:

    Loved the first one & I know this one is just as good.

  2. Yes! Looking forward to reading this.

  3. Hello! This sounds like a lot of fun! I’m all up for some new reads for the year! Enjoyed your book and shared it with my Southern belle friend Sarabeth! :) This poor Super Bowl has led me to reading my favorite blogs. :)

  4. Tammy Kelley says:

    Pick me, pick me! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and can’t wait to read this one!

  5. I want to win!! Can’t wait to read it!!

  6. Me me meeeeeee!!!!

  7. Just finished your book…it helped me get through jury duty the week following New Years. Of course, I did get a few raised eyebrows when I laughed out loud! And I didn’t read any during testimony! Promise!

    Would love to read this book. Know it’s gotta be great!

  8. SO glad you got a good rest on Wednesday night! It sure was nice to pull into my driveway Wednesday afternoon. I nearly cried with relief after the white-knuckle drive home that day.

    Also SO excited about this new book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I can’t wait to read Melanie’s new book!

  10. Heather V. says:

    I would love a copy of her new book.

  11. Nothing better after a massive ice storm stuck-on-280-walking-home kind of week than to win a good book and stay home! Thanks for the give-away, Sophie!

  12. pick me! :-)

  13. Jenny Ferrari says:

    I would love a copy of big Mama’s book!

  14. Love hearing Melanie’s and you podcast .. You guys are too funny.

  15. Would love!

  16. Ashlee Johnston says:

    I’d love to win a copy!

  17. Amanda Donovan says:

    Oh my gosh, i cant wait to read this!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Sue Mom of Two says:

    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings So much! I would just love to win a copy of Melanie’s new book. I laughed til I cried reading the first one!

  19. Put me in the hat for a chance at Melanie’s second book: I loved the first one!

  20. Hi! Yay antelopes!

  21. Amy Brown says:

    I’d love to win! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  22. jennifer bice says:

    loved her first book!

  23. I would love it, Sophie!

  24. Please oh please pick me!

  25. Darla Baerg says:

    Would love to win this!

  26. Love your blog & book. If you are recommending a book I KNOW I will love it too.

    BTW….Go Dogs!!

    Thank you!

  27. Hooray for being home! Even living in a winter-y weather kind of place, I felt so terrible for families who just wanted to be home together…..and hooray for the schools/business that took care of everyone! Since I live in a wintery place, a good book would be lovely!

  28. I am really looking forward to reading this book!

  29. Looking forward to this one!

  30. Jackie M. says:

    I loved her first, and can’t wait to read this!! So, so excited for the chance to win. Bless you!

  31. I enjoyed her first book and would love to read this one too.

  32. Love to listen to you and Big Mama’s podcasts and have read both y’all’s books! Would love to win this book! Thanks Boo Mama!

  33. Shelly G. says:

    I would so love a copy of Melanie’s book!
    And thank you for sharing your funny self with all of us! :)

  34. Can’t wait for this! Would love to win!

  35. Sandra Phillips says:

    Book sounds great, can’t wait!

  36. I would love to win this!!

  37. Would love to win!

  38. Crissy Kinley says:

    Can’t wait to read this book as I too share my shabby chic living room with some of God’s great creatures who are no more. I’ve brought burlap into the living room in a few places to help “introduce” these caped friends with ease. It’s working, just like our marriage of 15 years now :-). Only by the grace of God :-)

  39. Would love to win! Thanks!

  40. Janet Worthy says:

    Loved her first book and yours! Love her blog and yours! Can’t see any way I wouldn’t love this book!!!

  41. I would love a copy of this book!

  42. I’d love to win a copy!!!! loved her first one so very much!!

  43. I like everyone else would love to win this book. :)

  44. Love love love! Can’t wait to read it!!!!

  45. Can’t wait to read this new book!

  46. Jeannette says:

    MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Please pick me! I cannot wait to read it. And then I am donating it to the church Library. Sparkly Green earrings is very popular at our church.

  47. I love to read and this book sounds like great one!

  48. I would love to win this book! Thank you for doing this and I an so glad things are back to normal for you and yours.

  49. Oh I would so love to win one! Sparkly Green Earrings was awesome and I know this one will be too!

  50. I’m so excited about this book! I know it will be fantastic. Pick me!!

  51. Just finished A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, would love to follow up with this!

  52. Pick this girl! :)

  53. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    Oh how I would love to have this book!!!! Thank you !!!!

  54. I can’t wait to read it!

  55. I’d loooove to win!

  56. Pretty please, pick me!! :-) Love you & Melanie’s writing so much!!

  57. Me!! Me!! Pick me!!

  58. I read “Sparkly Green Earrings” cover to cover in one sitting, laughing and crying all the way, much like I did “A Little Salty” (except I might have leaked a little when reading about the SUV; just the thought makes me giggle now). Would love to have a copy of Antelope!

  59. This is fantastic! I’m so excited to dive into this book!!

  60. Me! Me! I love Melanie!!

  61. Pick me and I’ll spread the word in Canada!

  62. sheespatti says:

    So glad you made it through the ice storm. I loved Melanie’s Sparkly Green Earrings and would love to win a copy of her new one!

  63. Would love to win this book!

  64. I read sparkly green earrings in one sitting when’s now one-year-old was only a few days new. Would LOVE a copy of Melanie’s new book!!!!

  65. Would love to read the book!

  66. Thanks for the chance! And I’m so glad your family is back together.

  67. Lisa Waidelich says:

    I would LOVE to have this book! Lisa-Jo had a link for an excerpt for the book…and I couldn’t put it down!!! Can’t wait to read the whole thing…something needed that may revive the “ho-hums” after 28 years of marriage….

  68. Kristy Yarbrough Fuller says:

    Antelope sounds fabulous!! I will read it whether I win or not….but, I would love to win a copy!! Can’t wait!!

  69. Mary Feagley says:

    Loved Melanie’s first book…can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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

  71. I love her blog, loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and so I can imagine that this book will be a great read!

  72. Amy Bailey says:

    I would love to win a book! I loved the first one!

  73. Sandy Barksdale says:

    Loved her first book. Can’t wait to read this one!

  74. Can’t wait to read it! Love you both, and love that you are such good friends.

  75. Looking forward to reading it!

  76. I would love to have this book! I loved her last one (and yours too) and would love the chance to get this one.

  77. I would love to win it!!!

  78. Suzanne Adkins says:

    Helllleerrrrr…pick me!!!!

  79. I would love to have this book!

  80. Cindie Heavner says:

    Oh I loved SGE……cannot wait to get my hands on Melanie’s new book!

  81. Pick me! But also, I cannot wait for YOUR second book too. :)

  82. Sign me up! Fantastic!

  83. Please pick me!

  84. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter!

  85. Jennifer Vincent says:

    YAY! Pick me! :)

  86. I have so enjoyed watching the two of you emerge from bloggers to friends to bona fide authors. It’s truly been so fun to witness God’s hand in bringing you together and your words and testimonies into the greater arena. Good on the both of ya! My life will be complete if you two ever take your podcasts to radio- I can see the Sirius XM radio channel now: Boo & BIg. Or, BMamas Live. I could go on. But your public loves you both!

  87. Melanie’s 1st book was great, I’m sure the 2nd will be too!

  88. Would love to win!!!

  89. Leslie B. says:

    Your book came out on my birthday last year, and Mel’s is super close this year.

  90. Oh, I would be so excited to win!

  91. Loved Sparkly Green Earrings & cannot wait to read this one!!

  92. Pick me, pick me! :-) Please?

  93. Winning this book would be thrilling. Thanks for the opportunity.

  94. So happy about your safe family reunion!

  95. Loved the first book and can’t wait to read this one!

  96. I love a good friendship and a good book :)

  97. I would love a copy…her first book was such a joy!!!

  98. Stephanie C says:

    Would love this – loved Sparkly Green Earrings!

  99. Would love to win a copy. Thanks!

  100. Love you and Melanie both! Can’t wait to read her next book!