Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

I recently read

62589: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Having a Mary Heart in a Martha WorldBy Joanna Weaver

The back of the book itself offered the book as:

An invitation for every woman who’s ever felt she isn’t godly enough, isn’t loving enough, isn’t doing enough. 

This is an invitation I can certainly relate to.

One of the things I really liked about this book were the resources located in the back of the book. First, a study guide is included. I really enjoyed this because when I’m reading a book that’s encouraging growth, I want to be able to think about it and push myself to think of how there might be something I can apply. This study guide does just that. It not only asked questions that really made me stop and examine my heart, it also included a lot of scripture to look up and focus on. The fact that she doesn’t just give you the scripture, only the book and verse, was encouraging because to me it really pushed home the point of being in His Word, the Bible.

She also includes in the back of the book lots of other book resources by various authors. She covers a nice range of topics such as Devotions, Hospitality, & Organization to name a few. I have added a few to my “wish list” for the future. 🙂

Other resources include an example for journaling through the Bible, planning for a Half-Day of Prayer, and Christian Rights in the Workplace.

I actually used her journaling layout for awhile as I first started to build the habit of reading my Bible daily. I found it to be tremendously helpful as a starting point.

Mrs. Weaver didn’t just stop there with the resources. In every chapter she also includes “grey boxes” filled with self-examining questions, encouragement, and plans to put things into practice. One particular list I truly enjoyed was ” Top Ten Ways to Tame Your Worry Habit”. Each way included a scripture verse to look up. I also really enjoyed another one titled “Practicing Hospitality” which gave some excellent suggestions on how to always be ready to be hospitable without creating a lot of unneeded stress.

Honestly, those two Chapters were probably my favorite.

Chapter 3 is titled “The Diagnosis”, where the list to tame your worry habit is located. For those who have followed my blog, you know the battles I’ve had with worry and anxiety. I felt she did a wonderful job in this chapter pointing out how to recognize the differences between a legitimate concern, non-legitimate worry, and how to give up both to the Lord. There was a lot in this Chapter I was able to use to examine my heart, come to acceptance through the Holy Spirit of where I needed to change, and by the power of the Holy Spirit start putting that change into practice.

Chapter 11 is “Balancing Work and Worship”, where the suggestions for hospitality are located. I really loved how she directly linked the need for a balance between work and worship with the command Christ gave us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself“. (Matthew 22:37-38, ESV) She focused particularly on keeping the Sabbath and practicing Hospitality, including helpful suggestions on each subject.

Her writing style is easy to follow, read, and understand. The way she writes about specific verses is with great illustration, bringing to life the historical figures involved. She gives one the opportunity to know the story, the timing, the situation, and the people on a deeper level.  I feel she does this in a wonderful way as she ultimately always points the reader back to Scripture and not “her version” of the text.

Her book houses stories that bring tears to your eyes, and others that leave you laughing. She shares her own struggles, her own humanness, which I think allows the reader to connect, engage, and relate. Reading this book, I truly had a feeling that she wrote this with the hope in her heart she would be able to encourage other woman to reach out to the Lord, to draw closer unto Him, and to grow deeper in their walk with Him.

I read this book as part of a small woman’s group at my church. While I highly recommend the book for women as a personal individual reading, I feel there is great value to be had in reading it in a small group setting. The study guide questions gave our group the opportunity to have some transparency with one another, deepening our relationships and allowing us the opportunity to worship more together, encourage one another more, and lift one another up in prayer. It has truly been a blessing of fellowship I am thankful to the Lord for.

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I really enjoyed Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. For any woman who reads the invitation her book offers and thinks, “I’d like to accept…”, my recommendation is to go for it. 🙂

62589: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Having a Mary Heart in a Martha WorldBy Joanna Weaver

In Love & Faith,


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