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Running in Heels - A Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary PerezRunning In Heels: A Memoir of Grit & Grace

Author: Mary A. Pérez
Genres: Christian Living, Inspirational, Memoir, Nonfiction
Tags: Mary A. Pérez, Memoir, Running in Heels, Upcoming Release
Publisher: Chart House Press
Publication Year: 2015

“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.”

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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 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 “step-dad” she’d had as a child. She loved him anyway, even wearing 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 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.

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


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‘My desire is that my story may help someone else walking through similar circumstances I once walked,’ Mary Ann Perez author of Running in Heels


About a week ago Natasha Collins with invited me to be a guest on her wonderful blog and to share with her readers a little about my journey in writing “Running in Heels.” She knew my desire was to reach out to others going through or who have gone through similar struggles that I mentioned in my memoir.

Natasha, thank you again for reaching out to me.

Originally posted on Literary Lifestories:

Today we have our first guest blogger. Please join me in welcoming Mary Ann Perez and here she talks about her soon to be released memoir, ‘Running in Heels’, published by Chart House Press.

Mary: ‘I wish to extend my sincere thanks to you for reaching out to me that I might share my heart and give your audience some information about me and my first memoir, ‘Running in Heels’. My desire is that my story may help someone else walking through similar circumstances I once walked. After crying many tears throughout the years, I am humbled to see that my work has come into fruition.’

I came across Mary’s blog after she ‘liked’ one of my posts here on After clicking on her site,, I was struck by her story and remarkably the fact she chose to share it and she did so because ‘when you’re going through struggles…

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Cover Reveal! Release Date!

Release date: February 24, 2015! Pre-orders available on February 1st.








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January 16, 2015 · 4:27 PM


I sat by a friend and glanced at her phone which had a word for the day. The word was “persistence.” I like to link it to the phrase, stick-to-itiveness.

I am well acquainted with persistence. Synonym: tenacity, grit, endurance, unflagging. Even so, this doesn’t mean that I find persistence an easy feat. It takes work, and you sometimes have to be like a dog with a bone.

Then I watched an oldie-but-goodie 1962 movie, The Miracle Worker about Helen Keller. I’d seen this movie many years ago before, but I don’t remember it having such a great impact on me like it did this time. We know the story of Helen Keller and all her accomplishments in overcoming great adversity in being deaf, blind, and mute thanks to Anne Sullivan, her wonderful teacher. But Anne Sullivan faced many challenges at a young age as well.

Anne suffered with health problems of her own, growing up in an impoverished home. At a young age her sight was severely damaged from an eye disease, and at the age of eight her mother died. She became a ward of the state, underwent many botched surgeries before her vision was partial restored. Anne eventually graduated at a school for the blind. As she sought employment, she obviously became the perfect teacher to Helen Keller.

She never faltered in her belief in Helen, believing “the chick has to come out of its shell sometime.” Anne’s way was to teach while disciplining, because “obedience without understanding is blindness, too.”

Anne’s persistence and determination taught a seven-year-old deaf, blind and mute child to blossom and to communicate with the world. Later on in life, she helped Helen to write her biography.

What remarkable wit of the teacher and the student. What if Anne had given up? So many obstacles to overcome, the endless challenges to not throw in the towel. Anne saw Helen’s parents as spoiling her negative behaviors with rewards to pacify her, which was doing more harm than good. Wouldn’t it have been easier for Anne not to have cared? Give up? Leave? Instead, Anne’s persistence brought help to the helpless, light into darkness, and knowledge to ignorance. Against all odds they both changed history. They overcame defeat and did not quit.

That’s the kind of person I want to be. How about you?


© M.A. Pérez 2015, All Rights Reserved


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