- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook (July 10, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780735291263
- ISBN-13: 978-0735291263
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“Are you a doer—one who loves to check things off her daily to-accomplish list? Are your desire to be productive and your confident, capable ways often subtly (or even overtly) slammed by others, making you feel less spiritual than your laid-back, easygoing friends? Made Like Martha will infuse your life with a fresh perspective as you learn to embrace your God-given personality and also discover how—and when—to rest and retreat.”
—Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, New York Times best-selling author of Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All, wife, and mother of three
“Made Like Martha is the gospel for go-getters. Within these pages, Reid silences the voices that push, ‘Do more. Be more. Achieve more.’ Those persistent taunts are covered by the glorious blanket of God’s lavish grace and unconditional love. Allow yourself to be wrapped in the reminder that you are enough because He is enough. If you’ve ever been tempted to think that your worth is affected by your work, this book is for you. Made Like Martha is an open invitation to rest secure in your identity as a beloved daughter of God because of what Christ has already done.”
—Kate Motaung, author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging
“Finally! A permission-giving read for us go-getters to live out who we are created to be without shame. Made Like Martha is my new go-to gift for leaders, hard workers, and passionate women who long to listen to God’s voice and know peace when they’re tempted to hustle. Katie shares from a space of wisdom, grace, and authentic humility; a beautiful reminder that God isn’t out to change us but simply to love us. Marthas included.”
—Bekah Jane Pogue, author of Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned, national speaker, writing and speaking coach, and soul care provider at BekahPogue.com
“For those who long to get off the merry-go-round of striving, Katie’s words are a welcome invitation to let go of trying harder and instead rest in your identity as a beloved daughter.”
—Holley Gerth, best-selling author of You’re Already Amazing
“Doers can finally breathe a sigh of relief and find rest in who God created them to be. Katie’s words bring freedom to stop striving and start thriving as His beloved daughter.”
—Erin H. Warren, women’s ministry director at First Baptist Orlando
“As the firstborn in a family of six preacher’s kids, I have always identified with Martha. Somebody has to be in charge of food preparation, cleanup, and the agenda when a group of friends or relatives gathers in my home! In Made Like Martha, Katie Reid knocks the ball out of the park as she reveals how much God loves doers and longs for them to find their identity in Him while they live out their calling and purpose. Read it for yourself first and then gather a group of women together and go through the Bible study. How do I describe this book? Honest. Powerful. Humorous. Deep. Encouraging. Inspiring. Applicable. Don’t miss it!”
—Carol Kent, speaker and author of He Holds My Hand: Experiencing God’s Presence and Protection
“Katie will take you and your weary Martha-self on a journey to abundant freedom. If you are a doer, do yourself a favor and read this book. And all the Marthas sing ‘hallelujah!’”
—Jami Amerine, author of Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior
“Martha tends to get a bad rap, but God loves the Marthas of the world—the doers, the get-it-done-whatever-the-cost girls. He loves us in spite of our striving and doing. Katie M. Reid, in her wonderful new book, Made Like Martha, reminds us we are worth so much more to God than we could ever imagine, so much more than any task we can ever do for Him. Katie beautifully illustrates ways we can learn to serve others from a place of strength, not striving, a place of worship, not worry. Katie shares so much wisdom and practical application (plus a fantastic bonus Bible study) that if you identify more as Martha than Mary, you will rejoice in learning how to stay calm in the chaos, how to find a balance between striving and slowing down, and how to finally rejoice in the woman God created you to be.”
—Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids: Partner with God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child’s Life and mother of Grammy Award–winning artist Francesca Battistelli
“If you’ve ever wondered if you were ‘too much’ or known a faint awareness that you can overwhelm people with your energy, enthusiasm, and ability to do all things, Made Like Martha is for you. Katie combines poignant storytelling and powerful Scripture teaching into an invitation for us to lay aside our personal expectations and to-do lists and embrace the call of Christ—not to do, but to be. By sharing her journey of finding contentment in her personality and courage to live in God’s purpose, Katie challenges, inspires, and encourages all women to embrace their own personalities and purpose.”
—Teri Lynne Underwood, author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most
“‘Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I’m made like Martha.’ At last I can say those words with my chin held high, knowing Jesus loves me as much as He loves all the Marys in the world. This book was just what my Martha-heart needed. I felt affirmed in who I am and learned how to find peace and rest in the midst of my busy life.”
—Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol
“There are some women in my life who just don’t stop. Made like Martha, they are always on the go. They strive and are often left physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. For years, I have struggled to find words to encourage these dear friends. As it turns out, I was just waiting for Katie Reid to finish writing this book. In a world that often praises Mary for pausing to spend time with the Lord, Katie shares the Father’s heart for the women He made to be like Martha. This long-awaited resource full of practical encouragement will bring freedom and rest to all who read it.”
—Becky Thompson, best-selling author of Love Unending and Hope Unfolding
“For most of my life my ‘Martha-ness’ cast a shadow of perfectionism and a need to control over every situation. The striving, working, and doing left little room for grace for myself or those around me. Like Katie, I had to come to the realization that my God-given gifts and tendencies would actually only be able to effectively glorify and honor Him if I let go of my desire to micromanage. Made Like Martha takes you on a gentle, truth-filled journey to the freedom you perhaps don’t even realize your soul is craving. And it’s there, in that freedom where giftings and grace beautifully collide, that we become women who can serve from a place of peace rather than perfection.”
—Vanessa Hunt, coauthor of Life in Season: Celebrate the Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home and founder of AtThePicketFence.com
“When you’re exhausted from the try-hard, dizzy-busy life of striving to accomplish it all, while attempting to do it better than before, Made Like Martha’s message of hope, truth, and freedom is the rest you need. Katie’s deep and practical insight into the tension surrounding Martha’s personality gives every woman permission to celebrate exactly who and how God made her to be—doer and all.”
—Jen Schmidt, blogger behind Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, author of Just Open the Door, and host of the Becoming Conference
“I’m a doer. Maybe you are too. I work hard, love to check off my to-do list, and enjoy feeling accomplished. At least I did until I was diagnosed with a serious illness. My new limitations caused me to question my value and purpose. In Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done, Katie M. Reid helped me recalibrate and find strength in service and peace, even when busy and weak. She speaks to the deepest places of fear and fatigue that often chase after first responders, primary care givers, and those who love to take charge and leads us to give up a lifestyle of striving while embracing a new way of living—settled, even when busy. If you ever had a secret sympathy for Martha, you will love this book, and you will love Katie. Prepare to be encouraged.”
—Jan Greenwood, Equip pastor at Gateway Church and author of Women at War
“What a beautiful invitation to leave the try-hard life behind and just belong to Jesus! This Martha is grateful.”
—Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
“As a lifelong overachiever, I’ve been called (by others but also by myself) bossy, type A, a perfectionist, and more. Reading Made Like Martha was the first time I felt as though someone acknowledged those parts of my personality as something good and then reminded me that I’m also called beloved. This book offers a ‘me too’ hug from a fellow doer who knows that we are exactly the way God created us to be, as well as the relief of letting go of the burden to get it all done and get it all right. With gentle confidence Katie Reid speaks from her own experience, and it’s almost as if she’s taken a look inside my journal and at my to-do list as well. She points readers to the truth and real-life implications of Jesus’s genuine affection for Martha and those of us made like her.”
—Mary Carver, blogger and coauthor of Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts
“I want to sit at Jesus’s feet just like Mary did, but the reality is I’m a hardworking woman more like Martha. Is it possible to thrive with a to-do list in our hands and a prayer in our hearts? In Made Like Martha, Katie M. Reid tells us how. For the dependable woman who feels as if it’s all up to her, this is a message of hope. For the overwhelmed woman attempting to do it all, this is an invitation to freedom. For the discouraged woman who feels as though she’s not enough, this is an anthem of grace.”
—Wendy Speake, coauthor of Triggers, Parenting Scripts, and Life Creative
About the Author
KATIE M. REID is a firstborn overachiever and a modern-day Martha. As an avid blogger at katiemreid.com, Katie provides posts, articles, letters, and other resources for try-hard women on an ongoing basis. She encourages others to unwind in God's Presence--through her writing, as well as through her speaking--as they find grace in the unraveling life. Katie has published articles with HuffPost, Focus on the Family, iBelieve, Crosswalk, MOPS, (in)courage, God-sized Dreams, Inspiring Families, and many other websites. She is also a contributing writer for iBelieve.com and Lightworkers.com and has been syndicated on ForEveryMom.com. Katie is a devoted wife of a youth pastor and a homeschooling mother of five children, who resides in the middle of Michigan.
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“Made Like Martha” is about believing we are enough and embracing who the Lord created us to be. We don’t need to “do” or “not to do”, we don’t need to strive, we just need to believe and live out “being” His beloved daughter. Nothing will ever change our place in Heaven or His eternal love for us.
“Made Like Martha” is rich in faith, biblical stories and truths, relatable modern-day stories, action steps, and thought-provoking questions. Katie is genuine, honest, and soul-baring as she walks you through her story. She writes with passion, “I get you”, and a faith-filled spirit. Katie breaks down the walls of feeling like being “Martha” is somehow bad. She shares, “But God says, I have designed both Mary’s and Martha’s and I love them both.”
I love that Katie has sprinkled her great sense of humor in the telling of some of her life stories.
These words really drove the message home for me, “I had forgotten how to be a daughter.” “I have soul fatigue from years of striving and I want to be made well.” Yes, and Amen!
Katie tenderly peeled away the layers and reveals the heart of Martha, the other side of her story, and God’s vast love for her doer soul. She broke down the barriers I felt trapped behind and opened the door to a radiant light that I had allowed to become dim. I, too, had forgotten how to be a daughter to the Lord. I was so caught up in the “doing” I forgot how to just “be”; to be in His Presence, to be His beloved daughter, to be who He created me to be, and that I am eternally loved, no matter what, just as I am, in my God designed Martha-ness.
Another quote (of the countless) that spoke directly to my heart was, “Sometimes in our grown-up attempts to keep it together, we cut off parts of who we are and live an amputated life.” There is such wisdom, depth, and knowing in these words.
I love that the book has Modern Martha stories from women who shed a light on their own Martha stories, truthfully sharing wisdom, grace, and faith. Beautifully done!
I feel like I got two books in one because there is a Bible study at the back of the book! Each of the five lessons corresponds to two chapters of the book. Katie uses the acronym WORD for the study; Worship, Observe, Reflect, and Do! The study can be done individually or as a group study. I love that you can delve right in or do the study alongside reading the book and implement the steps right away. It resonates with my doer nature.
I loved these quotes from Katie Reid:
“Doing good deeds is not a way to earn My love, but it is a response to being loved by Me.”
“But your serving, your doing, should be a response of gratitude, not a means to gain what I’ve already freely given to you!”
“We don’t have to be perfect, we don’t have to live spotless lives, because Jesus always is and already did.”
I absolutely loved “Made Like Martha” by Katie Reid! It is a book that I will be rereading again and again. Warning, have your highlighters and journal ready! I don’t think there was a page I didn’t highlight! This book has been such an eye-opening blessing to me! Thank you, Katie Reid, for writing such a life-altering book! I can’t wait for your next one!
Reid proposes that the "modern-Marthas" should continue to be who we are designed to be, but exam our hearts to assess if we are serving from a posture of worship.
While the book includes many insights from the author herself, she is mindful of the many different types of Martha's she may have in her audience. She shares stories from friends, family, colleagues, and mentors to add depth and diversity to the narrative. At the end of every chapter, Reid graciously shared a space for these women to give their first-hand accounts of being a get-it-done type of gal.
Reading this book was like sitting in a room full of Godly women and getting to glean from their Godly wisdom with Reid leading the discussion.
Especially meaningful to me was the section where Reid spoke of her friend who struggles with chronic illness because I too struggle with chronic illness. Like this friend, I find it extremely difficult balancing my ambitions and my energy. It was refreshing to hear a voice speaking out for those of us who struggle in this way and to help others to understand our frustrations.
This book would make for a great study with a few friends. The author included a Bible study/discussion questions to go with each chapter at the end of the book.
"May our 'what if' worry be changed to 'even if' worship as we remember who is with us. Even if our what-if happens, the good news does not change. Jesus is enough."
"While God sometimes asks us to do hard things, those things are never wasted and serve a purpose far greater than we can imagine . . . no matter what happens, we are delighted in, are held by, and belong to a good Father."
Made Like Martha was a perfect read for my weary Martha soul. I'm already planning on buying a copy for myself that I can take notes in and recommending it to my family once it's published!
I loved how the author approached this topic. Books for the do-all Christian woman are not new, but Katie gave interesting and fresh insight. She shared her own struggles with perfectionism and Type-A thinking and offered biblical wisdom to help form a healthier perspective. She also included a Modern Martha section with insight from other writers/authors, practical ways to put the chapter topics into action, and space to reflect on your own heart and motives.
Most of all, I loved that the author was encouraging and pointed out God's love for Martha in the biblical story. Jesus did not condemn her, and He does not condemn us. He made us unique, with unique strengths and weaknesses. It was refreshing to hear from another driven woman like myself and hear her speak on her own Martha personality. Being a doer is not the problem, but the motives and attitudes that accompany the tackle-everything personality can be a problem. It's great to realize you're not alone in your approach to life, and even better, that you can use your God-given personality for His glory!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I loved it so much I pre-ordered a copy for my mom!