Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Pérez.
Gut wrenching! Mary Pérez has written a book that I found difficult to put down. Each page is filled with yet another thing that would be the end of most of us, but she continues to persevere. This memoir shows what many children of alcoholic parents must endure while they figure out what is normal for most children.

The book is written in a style that just tells the story like it happened. There is no fluff or attempt to make it more interesting, just raw, painful, events, one after another, like they happened in life. perhaps the book could have been made more “novel like” for our reading pleasure, but I don’t think there is any way to sugar coat a life like Mary endured.

This is a great book for book clubs to discuss, much could be learned about how children are affected by their parent’s behavior. Perhaps it would be a good read for AA members, it is a sobering reminder!

Book Review

Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall In Love With the Process of Becoming Great

Joshua Medcalf has written a great book. Chop Wood Carry Water carries centuries of wisdom in a small, easy to read volume.

I found the book enjoyable to read and the lessons within are so simple to understand it makes you wonder why you haven’t been doing that all along.

I think this book would be useful for presenting to a group of employees, for teaching ethics that would improve any business. But it isn’t written specifically for business. It’s more for personal growth. Our Church group read it and it’s great for discussions.

Chop Wood Carry Water isn’t a children’s book either, but I think kids from eight years old and up would enjoy and understand the teaching. It would be a good character builder for all ages.

This one is worth a read. I’d recommend the print version, you will find yourself jotting things in the margins. This is a good one to keep on your desk, to remind you where you are going and how to get there.