From the star of The Radkes, the reality show premiering on USA network on June 4, this is the hilarious, heartbreaking, and inspiring journey of one woman learning to stand up for herself in a world of naysayers, by the creator of the "Red Ribbon Week" video, which has over 150 million views.
My name is Melissa Radke, and there is a very real chance you have no idea who I am or why I wrote a book. But admit it, you're curious!
Even though millions of people seem to like watching my videos bemoaning the trials of parenting, marriage, French braiding, faith, and living life as an anti-aging female, you may still be wondering who let me write a book.
I mean, books are written by people who have been interviewed by Gayle King and say things like, "You see, Gayle, I was having a root canal and I literally died in the chair. I saw heaven. Also, when I came back to earth I could speak Mandarin."
Yeah, that didn't happen to me. No Mandarin. Though I have been known to break out in song! (My voice was once described as a "ray of light in a dark world" . . . but I think my dad was being a little dramatic.) Although if Gayle King were to ever ask me I would tell her: "I wrote this book between taking my kids to the local pool and picking out flip-flops at Old Navy, and the only metaphysical moment I experienced came right after I looked directly into one of those mirrors with 10x magnification."
I wrote this book because when I turned 41 I made a decision to be brave. To live brave -bolder and freer. You see, I thought our lives were supposed to change when we turned 40...but mine didn't. Yet every piece of it changed when I turned 41; when I set out to prove that it wasn't too late for me, that careless words wouldn't stunt me and rejection would not stop me. And maybe, just maybe, it will take you reading about the journey I took to finding my sense of self-worth in order for you to rightfully believe in yours. This book is about how all the years of my life led up to the one that changed it. So, cut a big slice and raise a fork...
Here's to bravery.
Here's to courage.
Here's to cake.
(And not the crappy kind, like carrot.)
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Eat Cake Be Brave
Excellent book...One minute you are laughing at her silly antics, and the next minute you are crying because of the tragedy she has endured.
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This book is real. Not in a Real Housewife kind of way but real in that you feel what she is feeling. I laughed so hard I cried. And then there were the moments she really made me cry. Melissa is the kind of woman you would want for a bestie. She’s laughable and lovable and just plain honest y’all. But it. Read it. Enjoy.
I preordered this book weeks ago. I got it on my phone last night at bedtime. I work 7:30-4 and still finished it today. It was a very good read. Pretty funny and emotional if you follow Melissa you feel as if you know her and know her pain and her joy. 💕