Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life
An invitation for every woman who feels she isn’t serving enough, loving people enough, doing enough. The life of a woman today isn’t all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament, in this regard at least: Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet and learn, 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 in your work and resentment of others.
Our Lord Jesus invites each of you to choose the same “better part” that He invited those women to then. A book with valuable suggestions of how a close walk with Christ can blend into our “kitchen service” for Him.
About the Author
Author Joanna Weaver, with a fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, 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.
“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