- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook; 1 edition (July 18, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578562589
- ISBN-13: 978-1578562589
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (576 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life Paperback – July 18, 2000
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“Often a book fails to live up to its title, but Joanna Weaver’s Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World more than lives up to its promise. I found the book easy to read, personal, and well-written with a message much more than surface deep. The book probed, challenged, and encouraged me to live day by day as a Mary in a Martha world, while showing the positive qualities of both Mary and Martha personalities. Readers will be blessed!”
-Carole Mayhall, author of Come Walk with Me and Here I Am Again, Lord
“Joanna Weaver has a heart that sings. Whenever I’m around her, she makes me smile. Her voice rings out true and clear in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. This book invites us to join in the chorus of daily communion with Christ, despite the pressures that threaten to silence us. Consider it as sheet music for your soul.”
-Robin Jones Gunn , best-selling author of The Christy Miller series
“Balance. That’s what it is all about, and Joanna Weaver has found it, described it, and called us to this wonderful, practical work. If you have ever struggled with how you can find one quiet moment while longing for a deep holy communion or if you have been discouraged because neither seems possible, you will be challenged and blessed by Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World!”
-Jan Silvious, author of Foolproofing Your Life
“With candor, humor, and passion Joanna Weaver invites us to cultivate a “Mary heart” that delights in time with God and assigns him top priority. Yet she doesn't discard the service-oriented Martha. Instead, she wisely and practically models how to balance the Mary and Martha qualities in us all. I especially appreciate her thoughts on expressing lavish love–to God and to humanity.”
-Judith Couchman, Designing a Woman’s Life author and seminar leader
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Updated with a new 12 week companion Bible study, Joanna Weaver's popular book shows women how to blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him.
An invitation for every woman who feels she isn't godly enough...isn't loving enough...isn't doing enough
The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord's feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won't leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.
Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him.
How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Marys and Marthas alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.
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Joanna addresses what might be the single biggest problem for Christian women today: How in the world do we find the TIME for our walk with God? She very clearly explains both the how and the why, illustrating her points with plenty of examples from the Bible and her own life. I ended up thinking, how in the world can I NOT make time for God? When I make God my center, everything else can swirl around me (like hula hoops) and stay balanced.
Her book is changing the way I approach my walk, helping me to make time for my devotions on a daily basis. She's also helped me to understand exactly what to do in that devotion time -- how to study the bible and have a conversation with God (not a monologue to God). The book is wonderfully written and is hard to put down.
Thank you, Joanna, for your service to God and to all of us through this book!
It focuses closely on the various stories about Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus, and reads quite a lot into these relatively brief stories. This imaginative approach is appealing, but sometimes I would have appreciated a slightly more studied approach. Because I was reading another more studioues book on women in the Bible, Band of Angels, and the contrast in interpretations was sometimes vast.
Another aspect I found annoying is that this book felt quite firmly into the class of books written by women in the US who don't work formally and get to spend most of their time looking after their family. This simply isn't a reality for many women around the world. The examples of service via baking cookies for school, or popping into see a friend, are just not relevent for so many of us. In the service discussion, I think it would have been helpful to at least briefly touch on how people serve through their work and at work, as this is the balancing beam that many women have to walk.
Overall, I definitely think there was helpful material in this book and I would recommend it. Unless you do get very annoyed by the parochialism I described in the paragraph above, in which case I would avoid it.
I lead a small group Bible Study in my home and we're studying the book of John. Time and again, I would open this book by Joanna Weaver and read to my group out of it. Finally, they all decided they needed a copy of their own! And some of them are in turn passing it on to other friends and relatives.
The author makes herself vulnerable in this book, passing along personal anectdotes and stories we can all identify with. This book shows you how to sit at Jesus feet like Mary while still getting stuff done like Martha. <P... of course I had to get this book for our library after I had read it.....
Please read it - you'll love it too!
May God bless you and your family!