Saturday, June 21, 2008

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
by Joanna Weaver

When I said "Yes!" to reviewing this beautiful book, I had no idea how much I needed to read it. Nor how difficult it would be to find the time!

I read in snatches every day, so books that used to take me hours to finish now stretch out over days and weeks. Sometimes months. The books travel around the house with me - among crumbs on the kitchen counter, lost in the shuffle of books on the school table, traveling up and down the stairs in the laundry basket, lying on top of the holding tank on the toilet... I'm serious.

This is a Martha world, friends, and I'm living in it.

But as I dove into this restful book, my heart became calmer and more accepting about this busy life. So many chapters spoke again and again of the need for releasing worry, lowering expectations while still desiring excellence, and (best of all), living so that Jesus "sticks out all over"! (Sweet story on page 108)

I want that. I want Him to stick out all over- through my words, my actions, reflected in my husband's and my children's faces. And their lives. I have a few pages left in this book, and I intend to turn back to the beginning and read it all over again. It's that good.

If you would like to read a copy of your very own, the author, Joanna Weaver, is giving away seven copies on her blog! All you have to do is leave a comment on the post the link will take you to.

Joanna Weaver was voted the Most Promising New Writer of 1997 at the Mount Herman Writer’s Conference. She has authored Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and written for publications such as Focus on the Family, Home Life, Aspire, and The Evangel. A pastor’s wife for more than eighteen years, she and her husband have counseled many couples, both those approaching their wedding and those struggling in marriage. The Weavers live in Montana and have taught young married classes and spoken on the topic of marriage throughout the northwestern United States.

Dive in, friends. He extends the same invitation He gave to Mary and Martha... choose "the better part" - "a joyful life of intimacy with Him that flows naturally into loving service." (From the inside cover)
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