Eat Cake. Be Brave. (Hardcover)
Melissa Radke is a mom from east Texas (Lufkin, to be exact) who writes some of the funniest, most painfully honest essays I have read in a long time. You may know her from her "Red Ribbon Week" rant on social media. In EAT CAKE. BE BRAVE, she shares life experiences that would bring many folks to their knees and reminds the reader that she has value. Read this for some great laughs as well as a reminder of how you should treat yourself and those you love.— Cathy
Hilarious and heartbreaking, this is one woman's inspiring journey of 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.)
About the Author
Melissa Radke's online videos, at print, have reached over 57 million people on her Facebook page alone in a little over a year. Radke's "Upside Down French Braid" video has close to 10 million views and her "Red Ribbon" video has been viewed over 100 million times across multiple websites and media outlets. A Texan born and bred, Radke spent 15 years of her life in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a studio session singer for Recording Artists after graduating from Belmont University. Since becoming a parent, she moved her family back to her East Texas hometown because the barbecue is better and the babysitting is free.
"Melissa Radke... is a mom who gets it. We first came across Melissa when her 'Red Ribbon Week' video went viral, and we were hooked. Her honest approach to motherhood, paired with her sincerity, compassion, and amazing sense of humor has attracted a dedicated social following and an enthusiastic fan base."
—American Greetings Blog
"Melissa Radke...made me laugh AND totally resonated with me. Even though I know all moms go through this, it's still nice to be reminded that I'm not alone."—For Every Mom Blog
"[Melissa's] parenting videos are hilarious and relatable."—Us Weekly