Book: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World


This book was written by Joanna Weaver.  It is a marvelous book.  My Theresian Community used it for our year-long study program.  It’s about finding intimacy with God in our busy lives.  Many of us can related to the Martha ways of living – doing-doing-doing!.  This book helps us to get in touch with the spirit of Mary who takes things a bit slower and puts her spiritual growth and relationship with God at the top of her to-do list.

Part of me is Mary, wanting to be more prayerful, be in God’s presence more than just on Sunday; and yet part of me is Martha.  There is just so much to do.  Where do I find the balance?

Joanna reminds us that while the world applauds achievement, God desires companionship.  The world says, “Do more, Be all that you can be.”  But our Father whispers, “Be still and know that I am God.”  He isn’t looking as much for workers as He is looking for sons and daughters to pour His life into.

Each chapter goes deeper into the Martha Mary mentality, how to identify the warning signs of Martha overload and how to find the balance.  This book is very well suited for a book group.  The questions at the end of each chapter provide the catalyst for great discussion and insight. 

(and if you like this one, the sequel to it is ever better.  “Having a Mary Spirit”)

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