Friday, June 30, 2017

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World ~ Book Review

Good morning!
I'm here to share a wonderful book with ya'll. Enjoy!
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
By: Joanna Weaver

About the book:
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 the feelings of inadequacy. 
Then comes Jesus, into the midst of your busy life, to extend the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters from Bethany. Tenderly, he invites you to choose "the better part" - a joyful life of intimacy with him that flows naturally into loving service. 
With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, Joanna Weaver 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.  

 My thoughts:
I have heard and read many wonderful things about this book, so I was certainly excited when Mrs. Weaver agreed to send me the book. She was so sweet to also send me the study guide and 10-session DVD series to go along with it! (Each session is about 20 minutes long.) The book was just wonderful and so encouraging/inspiring to read - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mrs. Weaver dug deeper into the story of Mary and Martha and kindly explained what lessons we can learn from these two friends of Jesus, as well as how we can apply those lessons in our own lives. There were many applicable and encouraging chapters in the book, such as "The Better Part", "Martha's Teachable Heart", "Mary's Extravagant Love", "Balancing Work and Worship", and many others.  The DVD series and study book were both helpful as I read the book. In the video sessions, Mrs. Weaver explores how each of us has some Mary and some Martha within, and explains how we can balance the living room intimacy Jesus wants to have with us and the kitchen service we do. She also emphasized that Jesus didn't come to weigh us down...He came to set us free! The study guide has chapters that correspond with each video session, and asks a few questions that pertain to the subject of the sessions. The study guide can be used individually or as a group study and is not overwhelming at all. My sister Deborah watched most of the videos with me. I've also asked her to share her thoughts about it: 

Hey ya'll,
Ashley asked me to write a review about "Having A Merry Heart in a Martha World."
There are 10 sessions on the DVD and 2 books you can get with it to help you understand a little more. I would definitely recommend this book for all girls/women of all ages. It will encourage them when they are young, and it's so uplifting. I think Joanna Weaver did an awesome job teaching about Mary and Martha, how we can be so much like Martha, but we should take time to be like Mary, spend time with Jesus, and not always be so busy with life that you forget the important things. I also loved how before she talked about each lesson, she had a little story about what that lesson would be of. I also liked the scenes she chose for the stories at the beginning of the sessions. I would highly recommend these books and the DVD also. I rate this 10 star rating. I would like to thank Joanna Weaver for sending this to us and I would also like to thank Ashley for letting me write a post about this book. Have a Mary rest of the day in this very Martha world. :) 

There were many different Bible versions used for the Scripture quotations throughout the book.  I give it 9.5/10 stars. If you are looking for a book that will encourage you in your walk with Jesus, I would highly recommend this book, study guide, and video series.  I want to thank Mrs. Weaver for allowing me to review her book. To purchase the book, click here. To see/purchase other books Mrs. Weaver has written and/or to view her blog, click here.

I received a free copy of the materials from the author in exchange for a review. 

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30~

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a really good spiritual read. Thanks for sharing about the book!

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