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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400072476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400072477
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Devoted fans of Weaver's bestselling title, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, have waited some seasons for a follow-up worthy of this original Mary/Martha signature piece. According to Weaver, a six-month writing sabbatical morphed into six years while two children grew up, a third was born, church-building projects loomed large, relational miscommunications snowballed and inner chaos reigned. She admits that the tugs between flesh and spirit took their toll on her flagship message for Christian women to achieve life balance between the soulfully serene "Mary" and perfectionist "Martha." Weaver spends 16 delightfully entertaining and spiritually hefty chapters challenging and entreating women to allow God entrance to the heart's inner places for a "soul-surgery" of sorts. She discusses guarding one's heart from distractions and cynicism; bringing thoughts under control; honing a fearless, courageous attitude; and learning to adopt a discerning, malleable and servant-minded spirit. Weaver's insight is keen and far-reaching, patient and practical. Clearly, the substance of this material is neither new or unique, yet Weaver has a way of approaching even well-worn subject matter with a neighborliness that both charms and enthralls. (Oct. 10)
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Praise for Having a Mary Spirit 

“Once again, Joanna Weaver guides us gently, lovingly, yet firmly along the life-changing path of righteousness. Her honesty about her own struggles assures us we're not alone. And her commitment to biblical truth reminds us God will be with us every step of the way. I promise you'll emerge from this reading experience a changed woman!”
–Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible

“Reading Having a Mary Spirit is like having a cherished friend visit and speak right to my heart. As someone who loved Having a Mary Heart in Martha World, this second book focuses on intimacy with Christ, but it also takes us deeper, showing us--through personal anecdotes and touching stories--the joy found in turning ourselves over for a holy makeover. If you're ready for a transformed spirit, you'll adore this book!”
–Tricia Goyer, award-winning author of eight books including Generation NeXt Parenting

“It seems the most authentic books are the ones that inch their way out of an ordinary life and quietly speak of all that is eternal. That is the case with Having a Mary Spirit. This personal and life-pondering book will strengthen and soothe the places in your spirit where your everyday life has left you parched. Drink deeply!”
–Robin Jones Gunn, Bestselling author of Sisterchicks® on the Loose! and Take Flight!

Weaver spends 16 delightfully entertaining and spiritually hefty chapters challenging and entreating women to allow God entrance to the heart’s inner places for a “soul-surgery” of sorts. She discusses guarding one’s heart from distractions and cynicism, bringing thoughts under control, honing a fearless, courageous attitude, and learning to adopt a discerning, malleable and servant-minded spirit. Weaver’s insight is keen and far-reaching, patient and practical. …Weaver has a way of approaching even the most tried subject matter with a neighborliness that both charms and enthralls.
from the Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. These two books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Dutch, Chinese, German, Korean and more. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. Past appearances include: Focus on the Family, The Harvest Show, Moody's Midday Connection, HomeWord, and Janet Parschall's America. She is also a highly sought after speaker and shares her message at intimate gatherings and several high profile events each year. But of all her roles, including serving beside her pastor husband, Joanna loves most being a wife and mother. For more information about Joanna and her books, please visit www.joannaweaverbooks.com

Customer Reviews

So far I've read almost half of the book.
Elizabeth Jones
I read Joanna Weaver's book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and I expected this to be similar.
Merry Mary
Would be a great book to study and discuss as a group.
K. Andrae

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Without true transformation, the best many of us can do on our own is alter our behavior in efforts that in the end look more like self-improvement and sin management than actual heart change. That's why we need God to transform from the inside out. In Having a Mary Spirit, bestselling author Joanna Weaver draws on the stories of various biblical Marys as well as others who have experienced true transformation through God's power and grace.

It's been more than six years since Weaver finished writing the wildly popular Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World, but she still hasn't lost her ability to connect with women and delve deeply into the issues that many of us face on a daily basis. She points out that a number of women struggle between their good-girl spirit and their bad-girl fleshly desires. In any given situation, one side may win over the other. But the key is transformation through our relationship with God.

Weaver explains that how we think can often affect how we behave and underlines the importance of placing all of our thoughts before God. She writes:

"God has recently been convicting me of such careless thinking. Of allowing thoughts to come and go much like cars crossing the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. No roadblocks. No checkpoints. No sin-sniffing dogs. No discipline of the will. Careless thinking is a dangerous habit. For as our thoughts go, so go our emotions. And as our emotions go, so often goes our faith. If the Enemy can get me confused, he can get me discouraged. If he can get me discouraged, he can cause me to doubt."

The transformation is responsible for taking every thought captive, according to 2 Corinthians 10:5, and bringing them into obedience to Christ. She points to the power of Scripture in the transformation process.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Merry Mary on August 13, 2007
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I read Joanna Weaver's book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and I expected this to be similar. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover much more. The author gives a thorough explanation of how we are to live the Christian life.

Starting with the chapter "Change me, Lord", she emphasizes the necessity of allowing God to work in one's life rather than just trying harder to live up to the Christian ideal. The first half of the book deals with "how the process of change happens and why God is so intent that it does. The second half focuses on the more practical application of training our minds, guarding our hearts, and purifying our ways." -p.7.

Joanna Weaver does an excellent job of weaving her own experiences into the book so that one can identify with her struggles. I especially appreciated the chapter on "Rooting Out Bitterness." Perhaps, that is because I needed it or maybe we all need help with this.

I would recommend this book for a women's Bible study covering a chapter or two each week. That way, there is adequate time to discuss the material and seek to apply it with others who may be going through similar struggles. It is definitely a book full of information to apply, not just one to read. However, I never felt the author put me under the pile of things to do, but rather presented clearly what Christ wants to do in one's life and how to cooperate in that process.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Eller on January 3, 2007
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Joanna Weaver takes her first best-selling book deeper by teaching us how to find that Mary Spirit within us. This is a power, practical, book that addresses faith from the inside out--our attitude, our spirit, our words, our outlook on life. It's a powerful read. It's not fluff--thank goodness, but rich with insight.

Thank you, Joanna, for waiting six years to write your next book. It was worth the wait.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Krisie on January 9, 2007
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If you enjoyed the author's 'Having a Mary Heart, in a Martha World' you will also enjoy this one. This book covers some hard questions of character, in order to help you become more like Jesus Christ, in His strength. I highly recommend this book, although it does overlap slightly with the afore mentioned book. Another great, spirit-filled study written by Joanna Weaver.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Fisher on September 14, 2007
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This book is wonderful. I love the way it is written, just as if Joanna Weaver was sitting next to you on the sofa. She lets you know that it is alright to be struggling with the same issues over and over. She tells you why and then gives you the tools to change and allowing God to change you from the inside out. Absolutely a remarkable book. I believe that it has changed my life. Do yourself a favor - read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Henry on June 4, 2007
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This book was great! Joanna Weaver is an awesome writer. I laughed, cried and learned so much about how to live "in the spirit" instead of as "flesh woman". I underlined something on almost every page and that is unusual for me. God truly met me in this book and I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Charbonneau on August 13, 2007
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This study has been a real spiritual work out for me. Each week as I read the chapter and the verses God's spirit has opened my heart to areas of my life where He still needs to do some work. Then He sends along a little practice for me to go along with my preaching at the study.
A great book for learning more about the true role of the third person in the Trinity in our daily lives, so we don't do what we don't want to do.
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