Kindle Promotion: $0.99 or £0.99

My book, Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage, Kindle format will be available on for $0.99 or £0.99 for one week only beginning on Tuesday, April 1st through April 6th.

I’ll be honest – I have a difficult time marketing this book due to its intensely personal story, so here are a few of the Amazon reviews which you can find online:

5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and impactful, March 26, 2014



This review is from: Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage (Paperback)

An amazingly honest and scriptural look at the nature of abuse, its effect on everyone involved, and the healing that comes in Christ. As a pastor, I look forward to sharing this story with those in my congregation whose lives have been impacted by abuse.


5.0 out of 5 stars A story of true redemption, December 20, 2013



This review is from: Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage (Paperback)

The author does an excellent job of drawing you into her story. Her style of communication makes you feel as if you are sitting in her living room and having a conversation. I liked the honesty and personal stories of what was occurring in her mind as she explained the circumstances. The book moves you through the various phases of how women are lured, kept, and finally trapped by men who claim to love them. It moved me deeply and gave me great compassion for women who find themselves in this situation. It also showed a clear picture of divine rescue – one that you won’t easily forget.


5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad True Abuse Story Filled with Spiritual Hope and Triumph, November 7, 2013


Brian Godawa “godawa”

This review is from: Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage (Kindle Edition)

I am a man. But even though this book is in the genre of women’s stories of abuse, I loved it. It was absorbing. It read like a page turning thriller. And it’s true, which makes it touch the soul like fiction cannot. I designed the book cover so I was only going to read enough of it to get an idea for the design. But then I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in two nights. The author tells her true story of how she entered into an abusive marriage, struggled with her own internal doubts, and survived that abuse with spiritual victory. Her writing is economic, yet vivid, like Hemingway. She captures the kind of human emotion and drama in a real life story that I crave in all my reading. I found myself fearing for her in hostile moments, laughing at the irony she would point out in the middle of pain, tearing up for her suffering, and feeling joy in her triumph. Mark my words, this book is the debut of a writer who has a future. You will be seeing more of her as time goes on, because she knows how to write with honesty, clarity, and freshness. She knows how to tell a great story.


To anyone who reads it, I pray it is a blessing.




Do Something Already


Urban Hallelujah

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Every time I had a run in with him, I called her.  My business hero, my career mentor, my friend.  She always gave me great advice.  She made recommendations that actually worked!  She listened to my sob stories.  She was my shoulder to lean on.  She gave me confidence that I could handle whatever he threw my way.

“He” was someone at work who couldn’t stand me.  He looked for me to make mistakes and seemed to love to let everyone know about them.  He watched for opportunities to let me fail and gave me a piece of his mind every chance he had.  He complained.  He argued. He justified.  He drained me.  And I was his manager.

I would call her, and she would make it better.  She would give me pointers for things to say and do to encourage a better working relationship and performance.  She coached me…

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Whenever I need an injection of happiness, one of my favorite catalysts is Shawn Achor’s TED talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work”:

Seriously, the first story Shawn tells makes me smile whenever I hear of a girl named Amy.

If I need to get up and move, Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” will be a catalyst for me. Pop up the video and dance along with me!

When I need to be reminded that God is listening to my prayers and that I need to just peacefully wait for His answer, a catalyst for my faith is to read of His answers in someone else’s life.

Krista provided that today in her blog post: “… God Blew My Flippin’ Mind! And He Wants to Blow Yours…”

What catalyst is at work in you today?


Who are you hanging around?

Jim Rohn said that “we become the combined average of the five people we hang around the most”.

So how do you delete the toxic people from your life and surround yourself with positive people? I have no magic answers, but in my case, I had to sever communication. Written and verbal – all communication. First though, I had to let go of any notion that I could help them change. Most frustrating is when they keep asking for advice but ignoring everything you offer.

It can be particularly difficult if they are related to you, and it may be impossible to complete remove them from your life, so mitigate their negativity with other positive people. Make it a 4 positive to 1 negative ratio at least.

If we become a combined average, be sure you surround yourself with as many positive, uplifting and growing people that you can find. That includes the ‘people’ that you allow into your mind – all input counts.

Will you share the ways you increase positivity in your life?

Haiti to Heartbreak Hill.

There are so many different requests for charitable donations from all over the world. I am always drawn to the missions that provide training for the future as well as critical need support, because they give a gift of dignity instead of mere dependence.

If you are looking for a trustworthy organization and a cause worth supporting, this is a good one.

Please check out this fundraiser for Heartline Ministries:

“Heartline Ministries includes:
* Women’s Education Center – cooking, sewing, literacy, and art classes
* Maternity Center – labor and delivery services plus pre-natal and postpartum care, early childhood development classes
* Men’s Discipleship program/Bakery – Biblical training and instruction coupled with vocational training
* Guest House – a home for travellers and visitors to Port au Prince”

“Heartline Ministries is not simply a collection of programs though…
The mission is to intentionally walk alongside impoverished men, women, and children in Haiti, meeting critical physical, emotional, financial, educational, and most importantly – spiritual needs.”

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Haiti yet but I hope to one day. In the meantime I visit vicariously through the blogs of both the Livesay family and the McHouls.