A wonderful book for any Christian Woman to read is Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. This powerful book details the differences between Martha and Mary, the two sisters of Lazarus in the bible. Martha is described as “the original Martha Stewart, the New Testament’s Proverbs 31 woman, and Israel’s answer to Betty Crocker.” She is busy serving and preparing for Jesus, while Mary worships and listens at the feet of Jesus. While both roles are important, the purpose of the book is to find balance between your inner Martha and inner Mary.
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver was written more than ten years ago, yet the content is applicable today. You’ll often hear Christian women refer to their “Martha” personality and may wonder what exactly this is. You may feel overburdened with volunteering, work, family and worship and exploring your options to find balance in your life roles. Or you may spend so much time worshiping, you neglect serving. What is a Mary heart, and how do you get one? You’ll want to read this book.
“Martha thought she had value because she was productive. Jesus wanted her to learn that she had value simply because she was His,” writes Weaver. In the chapters of this beautiful book, you’ll learn to let go of your inner-Martha and sit in the Living Room with Jesus, or let go of your inner-Mary and find yourself in the Kitchen of worship. The back of the book includes a small group study guide, and resources for Living Room or Kitchen Services in the name of Jesus.
Joanna Weaver Quotes from Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
- If I don’t take time to read God’s Word, I won’t hear His loving call.
- Whether we like it or not, we’re the only Jesus come will ever see.
- If we call ourselves Christians, then our lives should be unmistakably and obviously Christlike.
- Service without spirituality is exhausting and hopeless.
- A need is not necessarily a call.
- A true passion for God will naturally result in a compassion for people.
- Compassion pleases the heart of God, even when it comes from non-Christians.
- Let’s get connected with the vine so that we start bearing fruit.
- It’s amazing what a little time-out can do for you, especially when you spend that time with Jesus.
Joanna Weaver is a bestselling author, pastor’s wife and mother of three. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Focus on the Family, Guideposts and HomeLife. She is the author of the award-winning wedding book called With This Ring and has recently published Lazarus Awakening. She also published a second book in this series called Having a Mary Spirit, Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out. You can learn more about the author at her website JoannaWeaverBooks.com