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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Byers  

Pen Name: Mary M. Byers


Born: 1962 in Fort Wayne, Indiana



Illinois Connection

Mary currently lives in Chatham, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary M. Byers is a professional speaker and freelance writer. She’s the author of The Mother Load and is a frequent media guest on women’s topics. Mary is a former advertising director, senior–level association manager, and entrepreneur.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family (Hearts at Home)
ISBN: 0736915028

Harvest House Publishers. 2005

Motherhood is an intense, ’round–the–clock job. To stay healthy and happy, moms need friends, laughter, solitude, balance, and an intimate relationship with the Lord. But exactly how do moms meet these needs while juggling family responsibilities? Mary Byers, the mother of two lively young kids, shares how moms can find small pockets of time to—

  • rest and refuel
  • create personal space
  • make time for friendship, exercise, and intimacy
  • identify and prevent “balance busters” that create chaos
  • creatively stay sane in the midst of mothering

The Mother Load offers down–to–earth suggestions, spiritual truths, and real–life advice from moms to help women survive and thrive in today’s active families. Includes questions for group discussion and personal reflection.

How to Say No...and Live to Tell About It: A Woman's Guide to Guilt-Free Decisions
ISBN: 0736916873

Harvest House Publishers. 2006

Do you know a yes-aholic? Many women feel pressured to say yes to commitments and activities even though their time and resources are already stretched thin. Mary Byers, author of Mother Load, offers women strategies for quickly evaluating commitments, priorities, and energy levels so they can realistically decide what to do. Readers will discover how to...

  • know when "yes" isn't the logical answer
  • identify the best use of their time
  • use their gifts and talents more effectively
  • turn down "opportunities" graciously
  • have more time with their families

Whether at home or in the business world, women will be excited about these secrets to guilt-free decisions that lead to more efficient productivity and more discretionary time.

Extraordinary Women: Secrets to Discovering the Dream God Created for You
ISBN: 0736921109

Harvest House Publishers. 2007

Julie Clinton, president of Extraordinary Women ministries, reaches thousands of women every year through Extraordinary Women conferences. Now Julie shares the gems of godly wisdom she has gleaned from her Christian journey and her desire to help other women lead vibrant, abundant lives.

With biblical illustrations, life examples, prayers, places for journaling, and time–sensitive chapters, Clinton explores how every woman can embrace purpose and delight and extraordinary living as they

  • Discover and live God’s dream for them
  • Release control to take hold of freedom
  • Make every day count in surprising ways
  • Handle testosterone and create a strong marriage
  • Let go of the past to embrace the future

Insights from fellow Extraordinary Women speakers add extra motivation and encouragement throughout this great resource that combines practical with inspirational to help each reader discover how exceptional her heart and purpose becomes when placed in the Creator’s hands.

The S.O.S. for PMS: Practical Help and Relief for Moms (Sandy's Tea Society)
ISBN: 0736921702

Harvest House Publishers. 2008

Gather any group of moms together and the topic of frustrating PMS symptoms rises up in conversation along with the guilt and concern about its effects on family members. Now Mary Byers, author of The Mother Load, offers mothers encouragement, help, and camaraderie as she shares:

  • women's stories--the good, bad, and the hopeful
  • overlooked symptoms and how to manage them
  • foods and activities to avoid or indulge in
  • God's first aid for stress, depression, and anxiety
  • a call for help--how husbands can come to the aid of their wives

This gathering of useful advice and shared experiences will comfort readers who have ever felt alone in their PMS plight and will inspire healthier lifestyles, relationships, and daily choices for all women.


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