Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace (New Book Club Edition)

Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace (New Book Club Edition)


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A story of coming of age--and coming into grace.

More than a memoir, this book is a promise of hope for anyone who was abandoned as a child, to anyone who woke up hungry and went to bed hungrier every day, for every wife who has loved a husband who left bruises on her heart and on her body.

Somewhere between stealing cold cuts from stray cats and watching a stranger leave her mother's bed after breaking in through their bedroom window, Mary figured out that her family was dirt poor. Worse than her empty stomach, she was hungry for acceptance and love. She thought she found it when her baby sister was born and she became her "mommy," taking care of her needs as best as she could at the age of seven. Then she had to say goodbye over a small white casket.

Mary's grandparents, first generation immigrants from Puerto Rico, took her in and gave her a glimpse of faith and stability. For a brief, shining spell, she had a real home--until they decided that Mama needed her.

They may have been right, but Mama needed more than a little girl could give, and Mary lost her way again.

Just out of Juvy Hall, Mary found a knight in shining armor to take her away. She became a teenage bride to a man twice her age--a man as deeply enslaved to booze as every stepdad she'd had as a child. She loved him anyway and wore the bruises he gave her, even when she tried to leave him to give their children a better life.

Despite her fear and loneliness, she never imagined it would take a gunshot in the middle of the night to teach her courage. She was even more surprised when her rediscovered faith paved the path to forgiveness after so many years of pain.

Running in Heels is a memoir of the grit and grace that carried a young girl through the shadows of her mother's choices and on through an abusive marriage. Mary A. Pérez narrates an incredible story of survival in the face of hopelessness, and learning to forgive against all odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944952051
Publisher: Stellar Communications Houston
Publication date: 05/12/2016
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Mary A. Perez was born in the Bronx, raised in Miami, and now resides in Texas with her husband of nearly twenty years. Her award-winning essays have appeared in La Respuesta and Sofrito for Your Soul. This is her first book.

Mozart once said, "Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."

Ella Hearrean Ritchie couldn't agree more. As the owner of Stellar Communications Houston, she combines her love of great people and great content to produce quality business communications and nonfiction books on time.

Because it's about more than blog posts and books. It's about providing quality, clarity, and reliability to the world through communication.

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But more than anything, that's why Ella cares about the well-being of every team member and client. She shares in their victories and roots for their success.

Her passion for people and content goes back a long way. Before forming Stellar Communications, Ella served school districts throughout Texas as a reading and writing educator. Her achievements include training and leading teams of educators, implementing weekly newsletters, leading writing initiatives, and writing a winning grant to visit the White House in Washington, D.C.

She received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in English and Reading, with Honors, from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she tutored other students in English and business communications.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Humbled Beginnings
Chapter 2: Heaven, Hell or Hoboken
Chapter 3: To Abuela's House We Go
Chapter 4: The Little Green Dress
Chapter 5: Bump in the Night
Chapter 6: The Crux of the Matter
Chapter 7: Big Brother
Chapter 8: My Daddy's House
Chapter 9: Growing Pains
Chapter 10: A Rock and a Hard Place
Chapter 11: To Live Again
Chapter 12: My Dark and Shining Knight
Chapter 13: Pipe Dreams
Chapter 14: Colorado's Bicentennial Adventure
Chapter 15: Combustion
Chapter 16: Motherhood
Chapter 17: Letters from Home
Chapter 18: A Day of Reckoning
Chapter 19: My Two Cents
Chapter 20: New York, New York
Chapter 21: My Guardian Angel
Chapter 22: Texas or Bust
Chapter 23: Let Go and Let God
Chapter 24: It's Official!
Chapter 25: And Then There Were Four
Chapter 26: Good as Gold
Chapter 27: No Guts, No Glory
Chapter 28: Oh, Brother!
Chapter 29: Gone, but Not Forgotten
Chapter 30: Running in Heels
Chapter 31: My Grit, His Grace
Chapter 32: Into the Shark Tank
Chapter 33: Boy, Oh Boy!
Chapter 34: On Borrowed Time
Chapter 35: Mrs. C
Chapter 36: From the Inside Out
Chapter 37: Transition
Chapter 38: Mama Mia
Chapter 39: Happy Birthday!
Chapter 40: Storms Strike
Chapter 41: This Too Shall Pass
Chapter 42: The Catch
Chapter 43: Full Circle
Chapter 44: A Leaf in the Wind
Chapter 45: The Best for Last
About the Author
Dear Reader
Questions and Topics for Discussion

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