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Raema Mauriello is a mother of 4 and the author of "Because Crack is Illegal" and "The Struggle is Real". She started her career as a Navy Journalist and a Search and Rescue Swimmer, graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelors of Religious Studies and serves in ministry at her church.
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Raema Mauriello is a 34 year old mother of 4, and works on the staff of Shoreline Dallas as a staff pastor and project manager. She is the author of "Because Crack is Illegal" and "The Struggle is Real". She started her career as a Navy Journalist and a Search and Rescue Swimmer (being one of only 8 women at that time who completed the arduous training course). She graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelors of Religious Studies, continues to serve in ministry and writes weekly on her personal blog (www.raemam.com).
Book Synopsis for "Because Crack is Illegal"
Because Crack is Illegal takes a unique and hilarious approach to the daily devotional for every mother in every stage of life. For 30 days mothers are encouraged through personal, transparent and funny stories of trial, victory and overcoming. Each day the reader will be challenged to laugh, learn and grow through reflection and daily application of scripture.
Sample Chapter of "Because Crack is Illegal"
Life has a funny way of throwing the unexpected at you. You're going through life feeling like you have it all together and then BAM! Your two boys are holding up women's underwear in a store and you are rendered completely speechless. I'm not speechless very often but when I am it's a pretty profound moment in my life. This life that we live can throw things our way that are not expected, but how we handle the unexpected is what really matters.
In January of 2014 I woke up in a puddle of blood. Knowing that this was not normal I called my doctor in a panic and they brought me in immediately for an ultra sound to see what was happening. My husband, Jordan, and I sat there in silence as the tech took pictures. In the past, every ultra sound I had was to see a baby, but this time the monitor was not facing me and the tech wasn't making cute statements about a developing baby. The look on her face was serious and I knew something wasn't right. Normally in moments like these I would try to make light of a tense situation and try to make people laugh...but this time I had nothing funny to say. I was rendered speechless. We were moved into a room to wait for the doctor and all I could look at was a clock on the wall. I watched every second tick by and it felt like an eternity, but finally a doctor who wasn’t my normal doctor came in. She was holding the ultrasound pictures and her expression was serious. She said, "You have a growth on your left ovary that is the size of a grapefruit. Your doctor is in surgery today and we are trying to get him over here to talk with you." Then she left the room.
I would say that I am a pretty strong person. I can usually see the positive in hard situations, but in this moment I couldn't look at Jordan who was sitting across the room because I knew I would lose it, and I hate crying. All kinds of thoughts started to rush through my brain: Was it cancer? What was it? Who is going to take care of my kids? Jordan can't really cook; everyone is going to starve to death! And what happens if he gets re-married? I would have to come back from the dead and kill people. What will everybody do without ME??? On the fear scale, 1 being a spider and 10 being clowns, this was an 8. Listen, it was not one of my finest hours.
A day later I had another appointment with my doctor and he reassured me that it was most likely just a benign tumor but we needed to have it removed right away. I am a healthy person; I rarely get sick because quite frankly I don't have time to get sick, I don't get injured, and I have never had to have surgery. This was all new territory for me. Apparently my ovaries did not get the memo that I did not give them permission to grow extra things and that I don't have time for their crap! Did they decide to stage a coup because I wasn't having any more babies?
In this moment I had a choice. Either I believed that God is still good, even now, or not. We prayed that God would heal me and that the growth would disappear, but that is not how He chose to heal me. Even still, He is in control and it says in Psalm 136:1, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever." This is what I chose to believe and this is what I will continue to believe. It doesn't say anywhere that this life is going to be easy, but it says our God is good. When we choose to say this in the midst of the hard times, it takes the sting out of the situation. This took my focus off of the enormity of what lay before me and placed it on God and His enormity trumped this situation, hands down.
When things happen in our lives that we never see coming we get to make the choice to praise Him anyway. He is the keeper of our lives and we need to remember that He sees all and knows all. Even when all hell breaks loose, He is good. Today, even if you are in the midst of a storm choose to say, "I trust you" and "God you are good." This frame of thought removes the pressure off of us to try and figure it out and puts the situation into Gods hands. His hands are the only ones I trust to make the wrong things right. He has never let us down and He isn't going to start now.
-What situation are you currently in where you need to make the choice to believe that God is good? Is it a sickness or a loss? Is it a disappointment?
-Has your focus been on the trials or God? If it has been on the trials, how do you feel? Defeated? Frustrated? Angry?
How did you decide on the title of the book?
Where did you get the concept for this book?
What did the publishing process look like for you?
4. How has your background helped prepare you to write a book?
5. How will this book encourage the reader?
6. In your book you talk candidly about past mistakes, why have you chosen to be so transparent?
7. Do you plan on writing more books?
8. What would you say to someone who has a dream of writing a book?
9. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
10. What does a day in the life of Raema look like?
11. Is your family supportive of your career as an author?
12. What do your kids think about you writing a book?
13. Can you share with us a story that did not make it into your book?
14. What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
15. Who would play you if “Because Crack is Illegal” became a movie?