We long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet we find ourselves continually struggling to bring that vision to life in our daily walk. At the very core, every one of us is a "twisted sister" within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our "good girl" desire to put Jesus first and our "bad girl" realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way. In Having a Mary Spirit, Weaver, author of the bestseller Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, directs your gaze past your own shortcomings to the God who stands ready, willing, and able to make a new woman out of you. She equips you with biblical insights and practical tools to partner with Christ, inviting him into the hidden places of your soul and giving him full permission to redeem and renovate. Drawing on the stories of biblical Marys and others whose experience with God transformed their lives, Weaver shows how you can find the hope, healing, wholeness, and joy your heart longs for. Includes a 12-week Bible study for both individual reflection and group discussion.
Devoted fans of Weaver's bestselling title, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha
World, have waited some seasons for a follow-up worthy of this original
Mary/Martha signature piece. According to Weaver, a six-month writing
sabbatical morphed into six years while two children grew up, a third was
born, church-building projects loomed large, relational miscommunications
snowballed and inner chaos reigned. She admits that the tugs between flesh
and spirit took their toll on her flagship message for Christian women to
achieve life balance between the soulfully serene "Mary" and perfectionist
"Martha." Weaver spends 16 delightfully entertaining and spiritually hefty
chapters challenging and entreating women to allow God entrance to the heart's
inner places for a "soul-surgery" of sorts. She discusses guarding one's
heart from distractions and cynicism; bringing thoughts under control; honing
a fearless, courageous attitude; and learning to adopt a discerning, malleable
and servant-minded spirit. Weaver's insight is keen and far-reaching, patient
and practical. Clearly, the substance of this material is neither new or
unique, yet Weaver has a way of approaching even well-worn subject matter with
a neighborliness that both charms and enthralls. (Oct. 10) Copyright 2006
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