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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: OakTara (February 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602903034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602903036
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,617,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LYNDA LEE SCHAB got her writing start in greeting cards and from there went on to write articles and short stories in print and online. She currently works behind the scenes for FaithWriters.com and is a regular monthly book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com.

Mom of two teenagers, Lynda lives in Michigan, where she works as an administrative assistant and freelances on the side, while trying to sneak as many moments as she can to work on her fiction.

The Madi Series is near and dear to her heart. Lynda admits she has a lot in common with the character of Madi. Not only are they both addicted to ice cream, chocolate, and computer games, they struggle with the same types of insecurities and continually require a hefty dose of God's grace.



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Hope for God's wisdom and healing.
Valerie Comer
The characters seemed real and had to struggle with real issues in a very real, but funny, way.
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It'll capture your attention and keep you reading to find out what happens next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Matzke on December 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
It'll capture your attention and keep you reading to find out what happens next. Can't wait for the next book about Madi. The writer gets you laughing and weeping and thinking. Loved it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By swilson69 on December 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Amazing Book

I highly recommend this book. I fell in love with the characters. I laughed and cried with Madi. The only thing negative I can say about this book is that it ended. :) I can't wait for the next one to come out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Russell on January 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Madi McCall can be a lot of things: Narcissistic, neurotic, and nutty. Queen of the Morons and Princess Pathetic. And one who thinks that denial is a river in Egypt.

In other words, she is just like us.

When we meet Madi, she is struggling with insecurities, body image, and general boredom with life. She tries to find a job, but her skills are limited to acing computer solitaire and personally boosting stock for Edy's Dibs. (Not much demand in the job market for those talents.)

Before long, things get interesting as Madi jumps to conclusions faster than Super Man leaps tall buildings. Her insecurities get the best of her and her husband moves out of the house...and in with her detestable brother-in-law. Could it get any worse?

Yup.

Life marches on, despite the fact that Madi's world has been knocked off its axis. Her children struggle with various assorted kid issues, her best friend is acting weird, and then there's her mother, Maxine...

Maxine has chanted a mantra of "all men cheat" for as long as Madi can remember. And even though her father eventually turned his life around, her mother isn't about to let anyone forget what he did. And she certainly isn't going to forgive him. According to Maxine, he is the culprit of every rotten thing that has ever happened and ruined her life.

Maxine could win a medal in grudge-holding if it was an Olympic sport.

Madi's own issues ramp up as she ignores God and tries to `wing it' which of course, doesn't work out so well. It all comes to a head when she's dragged to a class reunion she doesn't want to attend. Everything snowballs out of control until Madi finally figures out she doesn't have to do it all on her own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Comer on January 6, 2012
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Madi McCall has been married to Richard for 18 years, during which time her mother has been waiting for this marriage to fall apart. All men cheat, her mother says. It's only a matter of time.

Seems like the time has come when Madi sees Fawn Witchburn come on to Richard in the lobby after church. And then there's the fact that after parent-teacher meetings, Richard, a 4th grade teacher, has brown lipstick on his shirt. The color Fawn wears. Fawn, whose daughter is in Richard's classroom.

Madi kicks Richard out to the dismay of their three kids and the delight of her mother. But...what if she's wrong? What if Richard isn't lying when he defends himself?

This women's fiction tale takes a humorous serious (not a typo!) look at one woman's insecurities. Madi's story is told in a quirky first person present tense voice while she grapples with her issues and those of her mother. Not all families are hunky-dory happy (you knew that, right?). This novel holds out a beacon of hope for women in dysfunctional situations-hope that God can and will give them the strength to break those chains. Hope for God's wisdom and healing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose A. Mccauley on November 30, 2011
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I can't get my mind off Mind over Madi, Lynda Schab's debut novel! I read this book in three evenings, laughing, crying and even snorting several times at the humor and drama in this story.

Madi McCall, stay-at-home mom to three, has had issues with trusting men even since her dad left them when she was a teenager and her mom told her all the details. Her insecurities heighten when she finds lipstick in a shade she would never wear on her schoolteacher husband's shirt. Not giving him a chance to explain, she asks him to leave.

Told in first person with a chick-lit voice, this story grabs you by the heartstrings with emotions for Madi and her husband and the kids who all experience distress in their own way. Madi has a lot to learn, and God knows just the people to bring into her life to help her, even when it is painful for her and the others.

Each chapter begins with a quote. My favorite which I believe sums up the story well is:
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Maria Robinson

This story also has many fairy-tale references which fit the story perfectly, and like all fairy-tales has its happily-ever-after-ending! Treat yourself to a copy for Christmas and buy several for your girlfriends, too! And I hope she is a fast writer because I can't wait to read the sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole O'Dell on November 26, 2011
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Madi. Madi. Madi. Oh, how I wanted to throttle you a time or two. But, at the same time, I wonder how many times my own insecurities have blinded me to the truth right in front of me and caused me to shut down to those around me. And Sylvie, you're a good friend--honest, loving, patiently prayerful--I can only hope I'm like you to my friends--though I fear I'm more like Madi. lol

Mind Over Madi is a super-fun, yet realistically disturbing, look at the inner-workings of an insecure housewife. It's intriguing to watch the characters circle Madi like planets around the sun--at least in her own mind. By the end, you'll find yourself routing for things to happen you never even considered. Great story, fun writing, probably for the 18+ reader.
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