Your value is an accrual of experiences! Embrace the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright complicated to awaken your joy!

– Mary Tess Rooney

Heart Value

Feel Appreciated in Ways That Matter and Discover Your True Stride

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Have you ever felt undervalued, overlooked or unappreciated? Are you successful by societies standards, but feel deflated inside? Are you settling for less than you deserve? Do you desire success, happiness and recognition?

If your heart longs for more but you don’t know how to achieve it, Heart Value is the path for you. This book empowers you to honor your truth as you make choices and take actions to elevate your value, relationships, fulfillment and joy. Through stories and self-discovery practices, you are invited to:

  • Prioritize fun to elevate your joy
  • Follow your heart to awaken your inner guidance
  • Reclaim your power by voicing what truly matters to you
  • Expand your value by honoring your unique experiences and talents

Heart Value is a gift for your soul. Make an investment in yourself and what lights you up personally and professionally! Your inner compass knows what’s calling you. It’s time to follow your heart, direct your path and discover your True Stride!

Trade Reviews

With the encouraging tone and clarity of a good coach, Rooney offers highly practical, career-oriented guidance for people in a situation where they might not expect that practical guidance is possible. Heart Value aims squarely at those with “a voice deep inside you, tugging at your heart strings, reminding you that you want something and deserve something more.” Drawing on her experience in the corporate world and some private matters, too, Rooney invites readers to identify that something that the heart values but currently lacks, to embrace the adventure of finding it, to make “resonant choices” while striding toward it, and to voice their value and “activate appreciation” at work and in life. Above all else, she encourages “Striders” to “realize our truth and groove in all that we do.”

Rooney’s system for “getting your stride on” is flexible but not vague. It’s steeped in original terminology (the heart vibe; the “value vault” made up of all the experiences, good or bad, that make you you) and tools (the Feel-Choose-Act Amplifier, the Joy Frequency Grid) crafted to reveal what truly lights a reader up—and what steps to take to prioritize those findings in life. These coinages don’t just reveal Rooney’s acuity for branding. At the end of chapters, Rooney continually demonstrates how her simple, intuitive Feel-Choose-Act Amplifier offers a route to transforming a feeling or desire (“I felt frustrated that …”) into action steps (“I made a choice to …”) and results.

The many original anecdotes—from Rooney’s own life, her coaching clients, and others—are relatable, relevant, and resonant, illustrating principles like “Schedule Joytime” and “Value Unique Over Same,” and her encouraging tone (“You are constantly gaining value. With age, your expansion experiences and value add up.”) feels steeped in wisdom rather than cloying. Still, what stands out most here are the shrewd tips, insights, and points for reflection that close each chapter, always connected to the essence of her message: appreciate your value and what you value.

Takeaway: A highly encouraging and practical guide to appreciating your value and your desires, especially in the workplace.

Great for fans of: Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass, Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.

Production grades:
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Foreword Clarion Reviews by Melissa Wuske

Clarion is part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books whose mission is to publish authors and illustrators across all platforms to entertain, inform, and connect with readers everywhere.

 “Heart Value . . . makes joyful living seem like an adventure: exciting, exhilarating, and worth the hard work of getting there.”

“Built on the premise that too many people are trapped in work and life, feeling drained and undervalued, the book asserts that life doesn’t have to be that way.”
“Positive and warm in voice and tone, the book backs up each of its assertions and affirmations with practical tools and real-life examples.”

IndieReader by Anthony Aycock

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“Reading [Mary Tess Rooney] is like listening to an old friend, one whose judgment you’ve learned to trust. She makes everything sound doable, which is the best quality a self-help book can have . . .”

Part how-to guide, part why-are-we-here manifesto, Heart Value is a worthy addition to the self-help canon.

Kirkus Reviews

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 “An outspoken blueprint focuses on finding true passion in life.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“A lively, if familiar, guide that urges readers to embrace their inner compasses.” – Kirkus Reviews

“(Mary Tess) fills each energetic chapter with vivid anecdotal stories, inspirational quotes, and exercises she calls ‘checkpoints’. . .”
– Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Heart Value

Amazon 5 out of 5 stars
Game Changer – “Freedom To Choose Again

This book gave me multiple tools to apply in my daily life. My favorite is the “Freedom to Choose Again”. I don’t have to live with a choice that doesn’t feel right long-term. I also love the idea we are constantly accruing value in very experience – the good, the bad and the ugly all are worthy investments in our Value Heart. It’s truly a must read!!!

– Catherine Delnero


Amazon 5 out of 5 stars
A Must Read

It was very easy to pick up and very hard to put down. The format was amazingly designed and incorporated perfectly. It’s obvious that the author is genuine and the book flowed like I was talking to an old friend. Highly recommended.

– Cap


Amazon 5 out of 5 stars
 Heart Value is a MUST read!

This guide pulls out all of your good traits, places them front and center and breathes new life into them. The self doubt and negative mind chatter is replaced with confidence and love for self. It’s like talking with your best friend and receiving heart-felt advice for your highest good. It gives you back your freedom ♥️

– Linda D


Heart Value is an easy and relatable read that encourages us to challenge antiquated thinking and resist negativity so we can create, refine and discover our own life of resonance. Mary Tess goes beyond directive telling and presents powerful coaching questions and thoughtful activities to inspire each reader and invite them to discover what is calling.

– Jeffrey Shaw

Reading Heart Value feels like an adventure that guides you to pull out your good traits and then places them center stage and breathes new life into them. It’s a huge confidence  builder, and Mary Tess guides readers as if she were their  best friend, offering heartfelt advice for their highest good.

– Linda Dickinson

As an avid reader of personal development books (Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, etc.), this is now my favorite book. I thought I was doing what makes my heart happy and joyfully sharing my value, but when I reflected and completed the exercises at the end of each chapter, I gained awareness of my emotional disconnects.
Thank you for giving me a new lease on life!!

– Ryan Cwick

This delightfully positive, no-nonsense approach to discovering what feeds my soul—and how to value that for myself in all aspects of life—is eye-opening! The stories and fun adventure-positioning make it an enjoyable and impactful read. I’ll be buying extra copies for friends, family and coworkers.

– Danielle Seth

This book is a must-read for everyone who feels a void and knows they want something more for their life. Heart Value connects readers to their inner truth and gives them the confidence to direct their path according to their heart’s desires. Mary Tess demonstrates how to achieve personal fulfillment and joy.

– Brian Gourlay