Having A Mary Heart in A Martha World

Having A Mary Heart in A Martha World

Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life

eBook - 2000
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With nearly a million copies sold, 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.

This book includes a twelve-week Bible study.

Also look for the ten-week DVD study pack companion product to this book, which includes three DVDs and a separate, revised and expanded study guide.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307569028
0307569020
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 225 p.)
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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bibliosara Jan 21, 2018

I really enjoyed Joanna Weaver's take on Mary and Martha. I knew, of course, the story of Mary and Martha. What I didn't realize were that they were also the sisters of Lazarus AND that Mary is the same Mary who washed the feet of Jesus with perfume and her hair.(Maybe that's because I've never been all that good about studying the bible...)
Weaver is a great writer, down-to-earth and insightful. She brings context to the stories involving these two sisters in a way that makes the message of their actions applicable to everyone. I think many women will relate to the struggle that is seen in Mary and Martha's actions: work vs worship. Are we trying to prove our love for God through actions, or are we taking the time to grow intimacy between us? Our actions are an important part of our faith, and work is necessary, but so is the quiet time that we should be taking to worship God and grow closer to Him.
I especially enjoyed the audiobook version of this, and loved listening to it on my drives to work, school, etc. Weaver's appendix contains all sorts of helpful things that I highly recommend. This novel takes a small, well-know, but little-understood story and breaks it down into 12 weeks of quieting your soul and finding balance in your life. It makes intimacy with God, as well as achieving a life of faith-centered action, seem attainable and-most importantly-desirable.

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Jun 10, 2008

A Mary heart. A Martha world. Can the two parts of me ever come together? Will I ever find the pure, exquisite joy of being centered in Christ alone? Is it really possible to live a balanced life of Living Room Intimacy and Kitchen service? ...Now more than ever, I believe the answer is yes.

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