Having a Mary heart in a Martha world - Book review
Most woman will relate to one of them. Some woman would like to be a little bit more like the other and all woman find themselves half way between the two at some point in their life.
Its hard to find a Christian woman who doesn't know the story of Mary and Martha. Barely more than a few sentences in the Bible it has been the topic of many books and sermons.
I picked up this book thinking I already knew quiet a lot about these sisters but Joanna Weaver unpicks their sisterly relationship, individual personalities and relationship with Jesus is a modern, relatable and refreshing way.
She takes lessons from the two encounters Mary and Martha have with Jesus and uses them to show the reader how they can build a better, more intermit relationship with God.
So often it is easy to portray Martha as in the wrong, but she loved Jesus and her busy service came from the right place. When you take this story as Martha getting a telling off from Jesus it leaves busy woman everywhere feeling discouraged. So is it possible to be intermit with God and still get those ticks on the to do list? Joanna Weavers believes it is. Understanding that life is busy and the clock never stops she moves through her book encouraging, uplifting and guiding the reader to be intermit with God while also actively serving him with love and passion.
I enjoyed so much about this book. Mainly because I didn't feel like I was learning from an academic or a compiled piece of research but from someone who has lived it and is still living it. Joanna Weaver writes from a place of vulnerability. Using her own experiences and ups and downs in life she writes honestly and with compassion. It felt like every page had a "that's me" moment and this was matched with plenty of solutions, advice and biblical references.
As a mum of two young children this book was so relevant to me however I think it would also be relavent for any stage of life and although it is focused at woman there is plenty in there for men as well.
This is a book I could easily pick up again in a couples of years for a refresher course and I would encourage anyone who has ever felt court between Mary and Martha to give it a read.