Friday, November 14, 2014

Having A mary Heart in a Martha World, By Joanna Weaver-Book Review

"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."
Responsibilities always seem to weasel into 'God time'. 
One day you're all 'gung ho' about God, praying when you wake up, before every meal and before bed. You spend random times throughout the day just talking to God. You study your bible and sing songs on praise. 
But then the next thing you know, you start promising 'God time' after lunch, when you finish this, when you get home, and at the end of the day you offer up a prayer that ends mid sentence because you fell asleep.
We live in a world all about the go. People are praised when they stay busy, and you're suppose to understand when someone "doesn't have time for reading the bible and praying today."
I'm definitely more of a Martha-things need to get done. But busy-ness breeds distraction, which weakenes one's relationship with God; He should be the number one thing in my life, and everything else will fall into place.
The main point of Having a Mary Heart in Martha World is to find a balance between our worship and service. We should be a combination of both Mary and Martha!
This isn't a quick read, there's a lot of information in this book, but it is an easy read. Written conversationally, with humor, care, and with many personal anecdotes, Joanna Weaver helps you find intimacy with God in one's busy hectic life. If you've ever found yourself in a sea of lists and to-dos, if you've ever felt overwhelmed with everything or feel like your life is getting in the way of your relationship with God, then this is the book for you! 5 out of 5!

For more information click HERE.
To read the first chapter click HERE.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.
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