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Mary, Martha, and Me [Kindle Edition]

Camille Fronk Olson
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Book Description

When someone says, "She is a Martha-type," we know just what that means: a woman who is practical, competent, down-to-earth. We understand that Marthas are certainly useful and necessary, but it's usually Mary that gets the halo. Author Camille Fronk Olson brings unique insights and perspectives to the biblical story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who serve Jesus in different ways. Exploring the mixed messages in daily life, she discusses the motives and focus that determine our choices and the problem of comparing our gifts and contributions to others. In her warm, engaging style, the author brings to light the lessons Mary and Martha learn from each other and the "one thing [that] is needful" for both.

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In this brief and engaging work on Jesus' interactions with Mary and Martha of Bethany, Olson shows her chops as a professor of biblical studies (she teaches at Brigham Young University), paying very close attention to the gospel texts. She begins with the famous story of Mary of Bethany sitting at Jesus' feet, listening to him teach, while her sister Martha bustled about and was "cumbered about much serving." But Mary, Olson cautions, did not choose the "better" part by eschewing housework for study, but rather "that good part." Neither path is better than the other, Olson says; for both women, one thing was needed: to fully embrace truth and serve Christ. Olson contextualizes the story with first-century customs and religious observations, relating it to other narratives about Lazarus's death and resurrection as well as Mary's controversial anointing of Jesus with spikenard. Olson mixes the biblical explorations with stories from her own life, including her relationship with her grandmother (who comes across as at once tender and formidable). Although this book is intended for an audience of Mormon women and draws occasionally on the Book of Mormon and the teachings of LDS leaders, it deserves a wider readership for its fresh and thoughtful rendering of familiar New Testament stories. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Camille Fronk Olson, associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, served as dean of students at LDS Business College before joining the BYU religion faculty in 1993. She earned a master's degree in Near Eastern Studies and a Ph.D. in sociology of the Middle East from Brigham Young Univiersity and has published numerous articles and chapters in various compilations. She has served on the Young Women General Board and Teacher Development Curriculum Committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Product Details

  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (November 12, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002X95Z7E
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for ME! November 6, 2006
We often juggle between "doing" and "listening". Camille Fronk Olson has hit the right balance by comparing Mary and Martha to Ourselves.

Tale of Two Sisters: Martha is the hostess with the mostest - preparing who knows what for the LORD, while Mary sits at his feet and listens. Martha pleads with the LORD for some help from Mary. If you don't know this story, it's found in: Luke 10:38-42 KJV

38 ¶ Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

"Mary, Martha and Me" helps us to see the good in both women, and think about which one we most identify with - or not?

Surprise! Most of us are quite a bit like each of the sisters, in more ways than we might imagine.

Please read this little book, or give it as a gift. It will speak wonderful words to your heart and soul :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written August 24, 2008
This is a great book that gives you more insight on these women. I learned so much from reading it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting January 22, 2007
By D. Sugg
This was a great book to gain deeper understanding of these 2 very important people in the New Testament.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring May 15, 2014
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Mary, Martha and Me is a very inspiring and enjoyable read. It gives the reader food for thought and helps in letting the reader to realize that choices we make in following Christ is up to us.
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