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. Count me in… I would love one of these in eBook form!

  2. Emily Woodley says:

    What a sweet thing to do for a friend! I’d love to read this!

  3. Would love to win this!

  4. Loved her first book so much (and yours too!)! Can’t wait to read this one!

  5. I cannot wait for this book to be released! I been counting the days! By the way, I ready for another one coming from you as well! Happy Writing!

  6. Oh I loved her first book!

  7. Jennifer Sanchez says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. : )

  8. Me! Me! Me!

  9. Ooh! What a treat it would be!

  10. I enjoyed her first book and would love to read her second one.

  11. I loved Sparkly Green Earrings, and I’ll read “Antelope” regardless. But it sure would be nice to win. :)

  12. Thanks Sophie!! So glad y’all are safely home and got some sleep!

  13. Would love a copy!

  14. Samantha Shah says:

    Would love a copy of this book!!!

  15. It would be nice to have a new book here in ssm and all this snow! Thanks

  16. Would LOVE to win!!!

  17. So glad things are getting back to normal for you after the big freeze of ’14.

  18. I hope I win!!! My husband and I listened to her other book as an audio book, ME being the narrator:) Listen to this Al, “………

  19. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I would love to read this one!

  21. Kristin P says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book! Thanks for giving some away!

  22. I will love reading Melanie’s new book! Sparkly Green Earrings was a joy and I anticipate the same from “Antelopes”.

  23. Lauren Fuston says:

    Can’t wait to read it!! Would love to win!

  24. Pretty please pick me!?!

  25. Can’t wait to read her new book!

  26. Sounds like a great book! I would love it!

  27. I have never read any of her books. The title is intriguing!

  28. Michelle b. says:

    You’ve got my curiosity. Interested to see what book has to say.

  29. Michelle Pharis says:

    Yes, please! Thanks for the chance. Glad you’re safe and with your family once more.

  30. I read her first book and can’t wait to read this one!

  31. Loved her first book and can’t wait to read her new book.

  32. I would love to win it! Adored Sparkly Green Earrings and look forward to reading every page of Antelope.

  33. I would love to win this book!!

  34. Would love to have a copy of her new book!!
    Loved the first book!!
    Love her!

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

  36. Thanks for the giveaway. Love reading both of your blogs!

  37. Would love a copy of this book! Loved & shared Melanie’s first book-can’t wait to read this one, too!

  38. I would LOVE to win this!

  39. Love Sparkly Green Earrings so much I can’t wait to read this!

  40. Loved her first book and can’t wait to read her second one!

  41. Tracey Knight says:

    Sophie, please put my name in the hat! I loved LOVED Sparkly Green… & can’t wait to read this one!
    So glad you are back home & doing NORMAL things!

  42. I love the Big Mama blog! I would love to win a book!

  43. Jennifer Morgan says:

    I just LOVE her writing!! Can’t wait to read this book – and the only way it would be better is if it’s free!

  44. Shauna Hamilton says:

    I’d love to win this! :)

  45. Exciting times! I just love both of you to pieces.

  46. I am so excited to read this book!

  47. Can’t wait to read it!

  48. Kristin Johnson says:

    Loved Sparkly Green Earrings! I’m positive that Melanie’s new book is just as awesome! :)

  49. Great give away! I’d love to win!

  50. I LOVE Melanie’s blog and her first book. I would LOVE to win this one.

  51. Would love to read this!!

  52. Jennifer G says:

    Please pick me!! :)

  53. If I won I would be happier than a bird with a French fry.

  54. I would love to win this book, loved Sparkly Green Earrings so I look forward to reading this too!

  55. I can’t wait to read Melanie’s book — loved her last one and I know this one will be just as wonderful!

  56. Oooo, YES! Pick me! Actually I’ll read it if I DONT get it! Can’t wait!

  57. I loved her first book, I can’t wait to read this one too!! PS. Loved your book too, and I have been listening to all your podcasts over the last few weeks and they are the best part of my day!! Thanks for taking the time to do them, keep ’em coming!

  58. Deborah S. says:

    Can’t wait to read this book……. Only thing to make it better…… if it was a freebie!!!!!

  59. LOVE Melanie and you!! Y’all are the best! I can’t wait to read this book!

  60. Emmelie P says:

    I’d love to win!

  61. I would LOVE, LOVE to win a book! Thank you!

  62. Loved her first book! Would love to win this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

  63. I would love, love, love to read it! I already feel like I know both of you. I promise, that isn’t creepy! So happy your family is home safe.

  64. Would love to win Melanie’s new book! Sorry about your back…have you tried the ThermaCare heat wraps? This is what Nonny wears when she pulls something in her back and it hurts for days! You can buy them at WM and you can discreetly wear it under your clothes for 12 hours. Boy, does that heat feel good!

  65. Loved having you in Opelika this weekend! I would love to win a copy of Melanie’s book!

  66. I would LOVE to win this!!

  67. I have been dying to read the book ever since I saw the preview on Melanie’s blog. I am getting married in May, and am looking for all the practical, real life advice I can get:)

  68. Deana Lewis says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  69. Thank you so much! Loved her first one, so I know this one will be super, too. Glad you are back to normal weather-wise there. That was an odd system that moved through the south. Good gravy!

  70. Angel Brown says:

    I would love to win this book! I’ve heard great things about it!

  71. She’s an amazing author! Would love a copy.

  72. I am dying to read this!!!

  73. Jessica O says:

    Would love to win this!

  74. Can’t wait to read this!

  75. As a newlywed I would love this! I loved Sparkly Green Earrings!! (And I loved A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet!)

  76. Would love to read Melanie’s new book.

  77. I would love it :)

  78. Would love to win. Loved Sparlky Green Earrings!!!

  79. Count me in!!

  80. Carolyn Bakalekos says:

    I have loved both your and Melanie’s books. I will read it whether I win or not but would be so fun to win.

  81. Yay! I web-met you through the Big Mama blog and you both are such an encouragement!

  82. Yolanda McLean says:

    i have pre-ordered my copy, but I have a friend that I would like to gift a copy.

  83. Would love to win a copy!

  84. I love your podcasts! Can’t wait to read the book!!!

  85. I’m really looking forward to reading Melanie’s book!

  86. Throw my name into the hat, please! I’d love to win a copy. I feel like you two are friends of mine since I follow your podcast!

  87. I would love to win the book!

  88. Shannon Durbin says:

    I would love to win!! I absolutely loved her first book!!

  89. I love your blog and your book! Would love to win this one!

  90. I loved her first book. I would love to win a copy of her new book!

  91. Pick me!!

  92. Would love to win and share it with one of my favorite people too.

  93. I would love a copy of the book ! Would be a wonderfully exciting early birthday present for myself. :)

  94. Kathleen G says:

    I would love to win this book!

  95. Kristen Gregory says:

    Would love ur book. I think I read u r coming to ladies retreat in OK in April. Would love to read ur stuff before seeing you here:)

  96. Yay!!!! So excited to read this book- I do have the reminder set on my phone to buy it, but if I win it, then I can buy one for a friend!

  97. I love me some BigMama! And I would love a copy of the new book!

  98. I can’t wait to read this even if I don’t win!

  99. I would love this book. I have her first and loved it! I have yours and enjoyed it just as much! Love you two!

  100. I would love to win this book!!! Pick me please :) I can’t wait to read it.