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Discover life the way it should be — powered by such love, faith and joy that it envelopes even those around you! In Living and Loving, author Lisa M. Harper will light up your world as she comes alongside and shares mile after inspiring mile of her marathon of life experiences. 
Interspersing dozens of encouraging and thought-provoking quotes and quips throughout the pages, Harper's wit and wisdom will leave you softly laughing or quietly reflecting, but always deeply inspired. 
An all out celebration of life, Living and Loving will help you take on your marathon of life — and fully live and love every electrifying step of it!


Lisa M. Harper earned her Masters of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and resides in the Clare, Michigan area. As an active pastor’s wife, mother of four, educator, speaker, musician, runner, Marathon Mission founder and author, Lisa is Living and Loving – The Marathon of Life.

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Lisa M. Harper 734-775-3073




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Here's what they are saying about Living and Loving - The Marathon of Life:


Living & Loving is about learning!  Through the author's story-telling  style, this action-packed book presents the reader with many of life's  everyday challenges, especially with work and relationships. As the reader,  you will find yourself connecting to most, if not all, of the stories told.   Inspirational - yet practical ways to positively approach your  own "marathon" are explored with a spiritually uplifting message.  This book  can be read and matter what stage of living you are in! 
Lizbeth Luther Wilson, PhD.
(M.Ed. Athletic Counselling & M.Sp.Sc. Sport Psychology)
PhD. Community & Behavioral Health Science - Performance Psychology

“Weaving compelling truths from her everyday journey…her work is a spirit of faith, love, and hope that will speak to your heart, enlighten your thinking, and motivate your life as you run the race marked out for you.”

William Leach
District Superintendent
Michigan District
Assemblies of God

“There is a way to run marathons optimally, and there is a way to live life fully… 'Living & Loving' helps connect the dots for us.”

James Wood, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Counseling
Psychology, Michigan Theological Seminary

“This book is impressive. It’s been a long time since I read a book that has so much practical inspiration and authentic encouragement.”

Maryanna Young
Personal Value Coaching

“'Living and Loving' is filled with such inspiration and encouragement. It will leave you feeling light, energized – ready to step forward in faith to experience your God-given dreams and ambitions. Every page helps mentor you into the person God has called you to be!”

Patricia Ball
Detroit Free Press Marathon



Excerpt from Living and Loving - The Marathon of Life

By Lisa Harper




 “I want to be a writer!” For over 30 years I have hidden this dream in my heart, not knowing if it would ever come true. I write this book now because I believe it is a message worth writing and reading. Life truly is like a marathon. There are highs and lows. There are valleys and mountaintops. There is even a start and a finish.

Think about these stages of your marathon of life: inspiration, preparation, perspiration, initiation, continuation, obstruction, anticipation, and celebration. In Living and Loving – The Marathon of Life, I have tried to include a variety of real life experiences as they relate to these areas. My hope is that you can see yourself in some of them as well. How would you respond? What would you do differently? What truths can you take with you?

No matter where you are in life, reading Living and Loving – The Marathon of Life will give you opportunities to reflect on your journey and even improve certain aspects that may have been nagging you for a while.

I trust that this book will be friendly, warm and conversational. While writing each story, I pictured myself talking to you face to face. Those of you who know me well are aware that I am a positive person by nature. Although some kind of pep talk comes out on every page, I was not bashful in letting you see some of my shortcomings, too. Hopefully you will sense from me a genuine respect and connection with you, along with a dash of humor along the way. You may even get a little kick in the pants without knowing it!


“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” ~ Socrates


While there is a deliberate sequence of stages as they relate to the marathon of life, feel free to pick up Living and Loving and randomly read any chapter. The first chapter in each of the eight stages refers to running in some way. The remaining chapters in each stage relate to all sorts of everyday topics of interest. Whether you read this book straight through or just glance at it for five minutes, your day will be brighter for it.


Finally, my intention is that you will be motivated and encouraged by the words on these pages. As a result, through taking small, significant, intentional strides, you’ll improve your marathon of life by Living and Loving, one step at a time!






Living & Loving: The Marathon of Life
by Lisa M. Harper

ISBN 13: 978-0-9823356-0-4
ISBN 10: 0-9823356-0-1

Softcover, 192 pages

Living & Loving: The Marathon Of Life

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