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Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  9,763 ratings  ·  323 reviews
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
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Published January 1st 2000 by Crossings Book Club
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Kasi Lou
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
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Cynthia
Any woman who has ever been overwhelmed by the responsibilities in her life needs to read this book. It's a Jesus book, let me just get that out there right now. But it's a Jesus book that's full of insight into why we need to stop doing doing doing (as Martha did) and start stopping and listening as Mary did.

Oh, and the "Martha World" doesn't refer to Martha Stewart -- although the allusion works quite well. It refers to the New Testament story of Jesus going to visit Martha, Mary and their bro
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Lisa
This book really hit home with me. I am a Mary type, while my sister is a Martha. It really made me see that both types are important but that you need to be aware of the differences. It tells you both types are a way to serve God. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Christine Smith
A wonderful book for any Christian Woman to read is Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. This powerful book details the differences between Martha and Mary, the two sisters of Lazarus in the bible. Martha is described as “the original Martha Stewart, the New Testament’s Proverbs 31 woman, and Israel’s answer to Betty Crocker.” She is busy serving and preparing for Jesus, while Mary worships and listens at the feet of Jesus. While both roles are important, the purpose of the bo ...more
Jen
I feel a little guilty about not liking this book very much. I know so many Christian women who found it quite nice, and I really wanted to love it and feel changed by it in some way...



I don't believe my dislike for "Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World" has to do with lack of faith or lack of a personal relationship with Jesus; rather, it has to do with the book itself. First off, it is basically a self-help style book, complete with space for notes and journaling. As one who subscribes to th
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Denise
Lines that I loved from this book:

Have you ever tried to do it all? I have, I do, and I probably always will. It’s not only in my nature; it’s also in my job description – and yours, too. Being a woman requires more stamina, more creativity, and more wisdom than I ever dreamed as a young girl. And that’s not just for today’s busy women. It has always been the case.

With everything still left to do, there sits little Mary, being quite contrary, crashing a party meant only for men. But worse, she s
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Christina
I really tried to take my time reading this book because I wanted to reflect on the author's observations. Two things I really liked about this book:

1) The author's transparency, in giving examples from her life experiences and also in how hard it was for her personally to write this book. She really struggled with it and you really understand her sense of wanting to be changed by what she is learning and sharing in this book. I too, feel I have so much further to go in my journey and struggle w
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Karen
When I saw this title, it peeked my curiosity because I have been making more of an effort to be more like Mary than a Martha. It is a reference to a short story about two sisters in the Bible. Martha is the busy frazzled one preparing the meal for the company and Mary is the one who visits with Jesus instead of helping Martha. Jesus said Mary chose the better part. I think Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Joanna Weaver would make an excellent Bible study. It is loaded with scripture and pr ...more
Michelle
Apr 08, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Becky
Shelves: spiritual
This book was aloe vera to an overwhelmed spirit; I've rarely been so perfectly "in tune" and needing exactly what a book delivered at that moment as this book now. I've struggled with this story, struggled with the reality of trying to live a spiritual life, at a slow and savoring pace, and still getting done all the "stuff" that perpetually needs doing.
Weaver does an exceptional job of taking meaning from this story and applying it to real life, because she has struggled with the exact same th
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Magda
There are things to be gotten out of this book, but it's definitely too Protestant for me to feel comfortable with it entirely. Again, I didn't finish the book.


----one-star below, October 1, 2007
Not really something I would choose to read. Vassi asked whether anyone had read it, so I got it from the library to review for her. I had to return it to the library before I finished the last chapter and a half, as someone else had requested it.

Things I liked: The concrete what-to-do blurbs suggesting
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Shelly
Sep 27, 2008 Shelly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every woman who wants to know about Jesus
Recommended to Shelly by: My sister
I first thought " how could there be a whole book on this topic??", but the author provides so much more...like how important it is to have a daily relationship with the Lord. I love how she talks about not giving God what you want you think He wants you to give, but rather being like Mary, She came to Jesus with everything she had(a vessel of fragrance) and poured it on His feet. She didn't just use enough to clean Him, or enough to get the job done,but she broke open the container to give ALL, ...more
Joan
THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH BIBLICAL TRUTH. I FOUND IT ENLIGHTENING AND INSPIRING THE MORE I TURNED IT'S PAGES AND MEDITATED UPON GOD'S TRUTH. I FIND I HAVE BEEN CHANGED EVEN MORE AFTER READING "HAVING A MARY HEART IN A MARTHA WORLD". I BELIEVE WE ALL LIVE IN A MARTHA WORLD AND MARY HEART. WHEN WE LET LIFE'S PROBLEMS TAKE CONTROL,IT'S OUR FLESH! WHEN WE ARE SPIRIT DRIVEN, THIS IS WHEN WE ARE HAVING A MARY HEART. A HEART THAT DOESN'T WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW AND ONLY LIVES IN THE PRESENT. I BELIEVE GOD ...more
Gabrielle W.
Responsibilities always seem to weasel into 'God time'.
One day you're all 'gung ho' about God, praying when you wake up, before every meal and before bed. You spend random times throughout the day just talking to God. You study your bible and sing songs on praise.
But then the next thing you know, you start promising 'God time' after lunch, when you finish this, when you get home, and at the end of the day you offer up a prayer that ends mid sentence because you fell asleep.
We live in a world
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taramarie79
I read this awhile ago, own it, and will re-read it again. It's a very powerful book that emphasizes the importance of prayer in your life. Mary was busy but Mary was at Jesus feet. So many times we get caught up being "busy" that we forget to take time for God and listening for Him, even when we are busy for Him. This one has been lent out and I plan to re-read it again soon.
Mona
I took my time reading this book and felt the author spoke to me on many levels. Often times the feelings/thoughts I was experiencing where addressed in the book. I wondered if the author was in my head. I found the reading very inspirational and affirming to me. I may read this again with a reading group for discussion. I recommend this book for any person looking to deepen their faith and adjust the way to look at life. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the use of the word schizo ...more
Kathy
I recently pulled this book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, from my book shelf to skim through as I am attending a bible study on Women of the Bible...two of whom are Mary of Bethany and her sister Martha. I have always enjoyed this book because I have always seen myself as such a Martha with a huge desire to be a Mary. Don't know what I'm talking about...read the book and find out!

This is an excellent book for women particularly in these busy times when we are pulled in every direction.
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Helen
This is by far one of the most well written, beautiful and helpful Christian books I've ever read. Often I find these sorts of books trite and just regurgitating common sense, and rather over simplistic and condescending. Not so this one. The author Joanna Weaver puts herself firmly in the reader's shoes and you can easily identify with what she says. She identifies with you, and doesn't judge, even though she has a thoroughly important message. And, whilst the message is simple - based on the f ...more
Marge
The premise and scripture that supports taking time for God is right-on, but the style of writing and journaling is not for me. And I still don't understand how things get done if we don't take the time to do them.
Carol
This book was fantastic, I wish I could have taken time to read it through a second time and do the study portion at the end. I learned so much about keeping the right focus and balance in my life.
Trisha
I think this book was written for me. It was such a great biblical based reminder of how we should live in this world. You need to read this book if you have a busy life.
Barbara Repan
There are numerous sermons and teachings about Mary and Martha. I’ve often wondered how Martha felt. She was the busy one but I think she longed to sit at Jesus feet like Mary. This book takes a look at the life of Mary and Martha in a way that I felt like I was there. Joanna is a great storyteller.

The subtitle is Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life. Joanna does a great job of telling us how to be still, and find this closeness with our Lord. He wants time with us. We need time wi
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Cherri
good book, wonderful message especially for those of us who feel pulled in a million different directions and wonder why we're having trouble hearing God's voice.
Aimee
I gave this book four stars because of how I stumbled upon it, which correlates exactly with the message within. As a busy working mom of 2 young boys, I often find myself rushing through every day and missing life as it passes me by. At my swim club there is a book swap basket and I was in a rush to take my son to physical therapy one day when he stopped and said "look mom, free books". This one was right on the top and not at all what I would have expected to find in my neighborhood where I as ...more
Debbie
I must admit two things right up front:
1. I love fiction and very rarely read non-fiction.
2. It took me about 5 months to read this book.

Now that the confession is over with I must tell you that this is a fantastic book!!! The reason it took me so long to read it had nothing to do with the author or the book, but me...it just seemed like there was always a great fiction book calling my name. But I should have stuck this one out and finished it in record time.

I am truly a “Martha”, but I’m also “
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Jennifer Skains
Sep 24, 2007 Jennifer Skains rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Mother, Woman, Daughter
I have the tendency to become over saturated in the "to do's" and often forget that what's most important is that which is right in front of me. This book helps those of us who are struggling as young moms with the guilt of balancing the daily to do's and spending quality time with both our families and God.

This is also a great description of this book:

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 L
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Angela
This book is about finding intimacy with God in the busyness of life. It wasn't a great book but I still recommend it. I learned that I am very much a Martha and that I need to allow myself to become a Mary once in a while, perhaps more than that. Teaching yourself to have balance in the busy life of a mom, wife, sibling struggling with taking care of an aging parent and now back in the work force part time, is not easy. My daughter asked me yesterday, "Is it hard being a mom?" I paused, and ans ...more
Bethany Grove
This book is wonderful! I read this book during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season and Joanna helped me to look past all the materialist things that I was doing (prep, decorating, etc) and take in the moments of the days. Those teachings were something I carried on past the holidays and work towards implementing them into my everyday life.

Great study for women's ministry at a church or just getting some of your girlfriends together and slowing down to enjoy life and getting closer to
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J L
I read this with a Christian book discussion group at work. At first I thought I identified more with Martha than Mary, given my penchant for to-do lists and impatience with people and things who try to pull my focus away from my tasks. While reading, however, I realized that I do in fact bring a lot of Mary into my to-do list. I often have an active prayer in my heart as I go about my everyday tasks. While I realize there's a lot of room for improvement, I'm glad that this book reaffirmed by ap ...more
Tima
If you've ever found yourself drowning in lists and projects, if you've ever felt frustrated with everything you are doing, or if you somehow feel that your crazy, busy life is getting in the way of a personal relationship with Jesus, than this book is a must-have. Each chapter focuses on different aspects of the stories. The book has study guides in the back that go with each chapter.

I've read this book twice now and both times have been incredibly impressed. The author clearly identifies with
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Jennifer
Picked this one with certain group members in mind....then found out I probably needed it worse than anyone! Good, practical book for anyone struggling with the urgent crowding the important out of her life. Lots of good hands-on stuff that we as "church folk" give lip service to, but seldom take the time to really teach (such as "hmmm....quiet time....really...uh, what does that even look like???"
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Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit and Lazarus Awakening. These books have sold over a million copies. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. She loves sharing the heart of God for women at conferences around the country.
More about Joanna Weaver...
Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Study Guide: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life (A 10-Session Series for Personal Or Group Study) With This Ring: Promises to Keep

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