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About Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

With nearly a million copies sold, Joanna Weaver's popular book shows women how to blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him. 

An invitation for every woman who feels 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 the New 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, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him.

How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna 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.

This book includes a twelve-week Bible study.

Also look for the ten-week DVD study pack companion product to this book, which includes three DVDs and a separate, revised and expanded study guide.

Praise

“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

About Joanna Weaver

Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. Joanna and her pastor-husband, John, have three children and live in Montana. Visit her website at www.JoannaWeaverBooks.com.

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Product Details

256 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Jul 18, 2000

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 24

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Updated with a new 12 week companion Bible study, Joanna Weaver's popular book shows women how to blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him. Click here to download the first chapter of Having a Mary Heart in  Martha World now.  The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New 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, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him. How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna 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. Click here to download the first chapter of Having a Mary Heart in  Martha World now.

 

By Kayla Nelson

anticipation building, scissors out to slice open the tape, unwrap the plastic coating, breathe in deep, deep, deep. exhale, aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. the fresh smell of new books for the home school year. every time i get a new book or walk in to a book store i can't help but breath in and get swept away back to the days of warm sunny mornings in our dining room. i have always loved to read. my mom said i was reading at 4...

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By Julie Dearing

I read the book, but don't remember much of it. Its been a while since I wrote about a book. I would loike to be a Mary in a Martha world. I worry too much about my Family and Friends. I can't wait to read me when the Author writes some more books.

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By Cathy Hughes

This is a post for Blogging for Books. org. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. They did not make me give a certain review; the opinions below are entirely my own. Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver receives a 4.5 out of 5 on my scale. This book takes the stories of Mary and Martha and finds a modern connection. Weaver intertwines her own personal struggles with quotations from other writers in...

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By Elizabeth McCord

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is a book that I've been wanting to read for awhile now. I've heard many good things about it, so I was excited to get the opportunity to do so. This book was written by Joanna Weaver. She shares how to make time for the Lord in a world where everyone is constantly running around in circles. The Bible story of Mary and Martha is the center point of this book, using the teachings from that story as lessons...

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By Jill Jones

Are you a Mary in a Martha world?  Or, you could be a Martha bogged down with feelings of inadequacy, stress, self-imposed responsibilities.  Joanna Weaver, in "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World", invites us into an intimacy with Jesus no matter which personality we are like.Weaver's spiritual insights teach us that there is a better way-Jesus' way.  We can be Mary, completely devoted to God, and Martha, taking our responsibilities...

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