Saturday, June 21, 2008

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Author: Joanna Weaver
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
June 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7403-7
Genre: Inspirational/Christian living

Every Christian woman is familiar with the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible, how Martha busied herself trying to serve our Lord, and anticipate His every need. Mary, on the other hand, drew nearer and nearer to the Lord in order to hear His every word. Martha wasn’t pleased by this, but when she complained, the Lord said that Mary has chosen the most important thing.

We all long to be like Mary, spending hours basking in God’s presence but how can we do this when we have jobs to do, houses to run, children to care for, and schooling to help with? Quiet time is next to impossible. And a prayer closet? How is that possible when we have no privacy at all, every step is trailed by children?

In this book, Joanna Weaver shows us that we can draw nearer to our Lord. With personal stories, short easy to read chapters, and a study guide, she teaches us how we can balance work with worship, a shows us a simple plan for a half-day of prayer.

I enjoyed reading HAVING A MARY HEART IN A MARTHA WORLD and really learned a lot from reading it. Like Martha I long to bask at Jesus’ feet, but life keeps me busy, so my relationship with Jesus sometimes took a back seat.

I didn’t have a lot of time to read in this book, but each chapter has breaks, so if I got interrupted while reading I could pick the book up later and finish. I made a goal of reading and thinking about one chapter a day, and I was able to meet that. There is also plenty of space in the book to write our thoughts, etc. HAVING A MARY HEART IN A MARTHA WORLD is easy to read, and well-written. I highly recommend this book for church libraries, pastors, and personal libraries. Ms. Weaver will help change your life. Study guides included. $19.99 hardcover. 246 pages.


She'll be giving away 7 copies of Having a Mary Heart. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on Joanna's blog tour post

She is also giving away 7 copies of With This Ring, her latest release. To enter that contest, simply leave a comment on Joanna's blog tour post (

telling her which chapter of Having a Mary Heart was your favorite and why.

Easy and fun!

About Joanna:

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.

About Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World:An invitation for every woman who’s ever felt she isn’t godly enough, isn’t loving enough, isn’t doing enough.The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in theNew Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…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, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, into the midst of your busy life, to extend the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters from Bethany. Tenderly, he invites you to choose “the better part”–a joyful life of intimacy with him that flows naturally into loving service.With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, Joanna Weaver 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.

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