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Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul Paperback – March 15, 2016
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I love, love, love this book! Sarah Mae is a fellow struggler. As a recovering messy I appreciate that. Rather than detailed spreadsheets and overwhelming to-do lists, Sarah offers practical advice and gentle challenges that offer hope to our cluttered homes as well as our cluttered hearts. I wish I would have had this book back in the middle of my struggle.
Joanna Weaver - Bestselling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
About the Author
Sarah Mae, listed as one of the Christian Broadcasting Network's Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter, is an influential Christian blogger, conference founder, and coauthor of the bestselling book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe. She makes her home in the beautiful Amish countryside of Pennsylvania.
C. S. E. Cooney launched her voice-acting career narrating short fiction for Podcastle, the world's first audio fantasy magazine. She is a performance poet, singer-songwriter, and fantasy author whose collection Bone Swans has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Locus Magazine. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
I have perfectionistic tendencies and can be very organized. However, I also get stressed out easily and have a hard time staying on top of a regular cleaning schedule. I look at my house and think of all the projects I should do, such as painting or deep cleaning something, but looking at the piles of laundry around and a sink full of dirty dishes depletes me from doing extra tasks. This book has helped to free me! It has really inspired me to get my heart and home in order, make a weekly cleaning schedule, and ultimately, “have realistic expectations…but without expecting perfection…land in the softness of grace.” (This is a quote from the book about making your personality work for you).
Each day Sarah writes about a different topic that is related to cleaning. She genuinely shares stories from her own struggles and helpful tips that energize her readers to take action. For example, one day you discover your cleaning style, another day focuses on purging, while another day she speaks of distractions that keep us from our goals.
At the end of each chapter, there is a Mary challenge and a Martha challenge. The Mary challenge starts with a Bible verse and then asks questions to focus your heart and sometimes to respond to short, yet poignant questions. The Martha challenge is where you take action with a daily, manageable cleaning or organizing task. The tasks are very specific; however, they are easily adaptable no matter your season of life or how many rooms you have in your home.
I personally love cleaning and organizational books, but I must say this is a favorite of mine. Generally, when I’ve read a book of this nature I may take note of one or two concepts to apply and then pass the book along to someone else. Not this book! This is a book I know I’ll want to return to on a regular basis. This book really helps you to prioritize your time, but never out of guilt. Sarah’s tone is so friendly that it motivates me even more to get off the couch and get moving. Also, I love how the book is divided into doable tasks, so even for busy days most can be completed in small chunks of time. I can go forward now to stay on top of my cleaning, but return to Sarah’s wonderful book when I need a boost!