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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592767923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592767922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a big fan of Tami Kiser's Smart Martha tips and techniques for years, I'm thrilled to find all of her words of wisdom compiled into book format. With Smart Martha's Catholic Guide for Busy Moms, Tami gives moms practical solutions for managing their homes but more importantly for nurturing their souls and familial relationships. From prioritizing family dinners to organizing your home and schedule, Tami gives moms the tools they need to help themselves and their families live happier, holier lives." --Lisa M. Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms

Customer Reviews

This book was easy to read.
Now, when I see 3 of the same kind of 18 month blue pants or a book that my daughter really doesn't read, I just toss it in an it's great.
This is a really great book for Catholic moms.
Jessica Prado

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Samuelson on December 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Tami Kiser is a mom of nine children. She knows what it means to be busy!

The biblical story of Martha and Mary is one that resonates with a lot of Christian moms - how do we get all the Martha jobs done, and still have the heart of Mary?

This book was written to give mothers practical advice, ideas, and tips on how to be a "smart Martha" - a mother who, while taking care of her home and family, remembers that the best thing she can do for her family is to treat each child (and her husband) the same way Mary treated Jesus in the biblical account. Mary sat with Jesus; she spent time focused on Him, listening to Him with her heart, not running around "worried and anxious about many things" as was Martha.

This really struck a chord with me, and has been something I've been thinking about for the past couple of years or so, so I was eager to read this book.

It's a balancing act really, this being both Mary and Martha, and a mother must have her priorities clearly set before her in order to be at all successful in accomplishing what needs to be done while still listening to her family with her heart.

Tami Kiser has a lot of practical tips to share, and she writes in a friendly, familiar way, with some great humor thrown in occasionally.

Many of her tips about organizing toys, and general housekeeping were either unrealistic for me or things I already do, but they were written well and I do think would benefit many mothers. The author's idea of how many toys are "a few" toys for each child was "a lot" of toys in my opinion; perhaps I was looking for a more simplify-and-minimize approach than she uses in her home.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shaina M. Raile on November 15, 2010
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As a young wife and stay-at-home mother making decisions about how to run my household both now and thinking ahead to when my husband and I have more children, I have found myself drawn to what I call the "Catholic Mom" genre. As the latest in the genre, this book certainly did not disappoint; I inhaled it in days!

Tami Kiser has found a particular niche with her writings in this genre. Her overarching message of balancing Mary and Martha dispositions is timeless in the way that many of the other "Catholic Mom" books are, but her book is unique in that it is also very now, very 2010. Kiser directly and specifically references technology today and how to use it for the good (organizing a family of 11!) and what evils it may bring (explicit images, etc). She talks about particular websites, specific movies, new phones with internet capability, the latest video gaming systems, and so forth. I would love to see a revised version of this book in a few years since she seems so up-to-date on everything out there and technology is changing so quickly!

Even when she is not talking about technology though, she does a great job about being specific on how she goes about a certain task, explaining both the theoretical and practical application. For example, she does not say something like "Keep your purse organized," leaving a clutter-prone reader to wonder how that might be possible. Instead, she tells you exactly how she organizes hers and includes pictures so the reader can do the same if desired. This sort of clarity is very helpful to someone like me who is looking for very specific ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa H. Jones on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Smart Martha's Catholic Guide for Busy MomsThis title instantly spoke to me, as it offered a Catholic perspective organizing my busy life as a mom. I'm happy to report that the book did not disappoint! Author Tami Kiser expands on the Bible story of Mary & Martha to help moms find the perfect balance in their life between prayer and work. Her key phrase, "The Smart Martha Way" translates as "women who want to get their work done, yet know that their first priority is to look for and always be attentive to Christ who is present." Tami uses her organizational skills and experience as a busy mom of nine kids to show us how we can all be a "Smart Martha" at home.

My favorite thing about the book must be the real practical solutions incorporating your Catholic faith into the mundane chores, busy mom schedule and overall everyday family life. Tami provides helpful resources throughout the chapters including tools for keeping a playroom clean, helpful tips for dinner planning, secrets to conquering laundry (in a house with 5 teenagers!), and managing electronic time with the kids.

I'm working on creating a chore chart now, based on her suggestions to include cleaning chores in manageable Daily, Weekly and Big Occasional categories. I've discovered that just altering my thinking about cleaning chores in line with her suggestions makes cleaning my house feel more manageable.

Most importantly, with her practical solutions, she offers real support to women who find themselves in the midst of a busy home life. Her website Smart Martha.
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