Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World   -     By: Joanna Weaver
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Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Random House, Inc / 2000 / Paperback

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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? Now updated with a new 12 week companion Bible study, 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 1578562589
ISBN-13: 9781578562589
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. Joanna and her pastor-husband, John, have three children and live in Montana. Visit her website at www.JoannaWeaverBooks.com.

Discussion Questions

Nothing has transformed my life like the study of God’s Word. Something
powerful happens when we go beyond other people’s opinions and revelations
and discover for ourselves what God has to say. I designed this twelveweek
Bible study to help you do just that.

I recommend using a translation of the Bible that you enjoy and understand,
as well as a notebook and a pen to record your answers. Before each
lesson, ask the Holy Spirit to increase your understanding as you examine
God’s Word and then help you apply the truths you discover.

Each lesson starts with questions for individual reflection or group discussion,
then moves into a study of scriptural principles. At the end of the lesson,
you’ll have an opportunity to write about what spoke most to you in
that chapter. The stories, quotes, and sidebars within the chapters may provide
further opportunities for discussion or reflection.

My prayer is that each of you will begin to experience the blessing God
promises to those who look “intently into the perfect law that gives freedom…
not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it” (James 1:25). There is
a holy makeover waiting for each one of us. It is found in God’s presence and
within the pages of his Word. Dig in, ladies! You’ll be glad you did.

Editorial Reviews

"Often a book fails to live up to its title, but Joanna Weaver’s Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World more than lives up to its promise. I found the book easy to read, personal, and well-written with a message much more than surface deep. The book probed, challenged, and encouraged me to live day by day as a Mary in a Martha world, while showing the positive qualities of both Mary and Martha personalities. Readers will be blessed!"
-Carole Mayhall, author of Come Walk with Me and Here I Am Again, Lord

"Joanna Weaver has a heart that sings. Whenever I’m around her, she makes me smile. Her voice rings out true and clear in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. This book invites us to join in the chorus of daily communion with Christ, despite the pressures that threaten to silence us. Consider it as sheet music for your soul."
-Robin Jones Gunn , best-selling author of The Christy Miller series

"Balance. That’s what it is all about, and Joanna Weaver has found it, described it, and called us to this wonderful, practical work. If you have ever struggled with how you can find one quiet moment while longing for a deep holy communion or if you have been discouraged because neither seems possible, you will be challenged and blessed by Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World!"
-Jan Silvious, author of Foolproofing Your Life

"With candor, humor, and passion Joanna Weaver invites us to cultivate a "Mary heart" that delights in time with God and assigns him top priority. Yet she doesn't discard the service-oriented Martha. Instead, she wisely and practically models how to balance the Mary and Martha qualities in us all. I especially appreciate her thoughts on expressing lavish love–to God and to humanity."
-Judith Couchman, Designing a Woman’s Life author and seminar leader

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  1. Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for every Christian women
    November 14, 2014
    gcwfarmgirl
    Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!

    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.
  2. Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Learning to Live Balanced Well
    November 13, 2014
    Janet
    Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, has been on my to-read list for a very long time, so I was really excited when Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers offered me a complimentary copy of the newly released version in exchange for an honest review. I think I put off reading it because I wasnt sure what to expect from it. I had heard high recommendations, but I was also feeling kind of tired of the whole Mary and Martha thing. I was afraid the book would be more of the same.

    But it wasnt. This book is full of fresh insights into the lives of Mary and Martha, their relationship with Jesus, their place in history. Its also full of practical wisdom that all women, whether they consider themselves more like Mary or Martha, will be able to apply to their lives. Joanna Weaver teaches, in an easy-to-understand way, the path to the balance we all need.

    On page 5, she tells us (about Mary and Martha), That is not to say one is right and one is wrong. We are all different, and that is just as God made us to be. Each gifting and personality has its own strengths and weaknesses, its glories and temptations. You see? No Martha-bashing here. Weaver shows us the strengths and weaknesses, glories and temptations of both women, helps us to identify these in our lives, and teaches us how to let Jesus bring out our best. (Theres even a chart on pages 182-3 to help us see which way we may be leaning.)

    I read this book at just the right time and will be praying and waiting and watching for some opportunities to make some adjustments with the loving and gentle guidance of my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. If you also are feeling as if the balance may be off in your life, I recommend this book to you.
  3. Charlotte NC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
    August 21, 2014
    Judy
    Charlotte NC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is wonderful. Every woman would benifit from reading this book. Awesome, I gave it 5 stars
  4. Dubuque Iowa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read that hits nail on the head
    January 22, 2014
    susieQ
    Dubuque Iowa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Really am enjoying the book. Author speaks to every woman with understanding of reality in each of our lives. She gives good practical advice on how to go to Jesus from our "busyness" to sit at His feet. Am very glad that someone suggested this to me
  5. Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great study!
    January 22, 2014
    Karen
    Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had read the book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" several years ago. I currently lead a Women's Bible Study and was thrilled when I learned that there was a study guide and DVD to go with the book. We are currently on Chapter 3 and the study has been great thus far.
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