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Friday, June 27, 2008

Having a Mary Heart Blog Tour

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity for providing a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review. The opinions contained herein are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

I sure have been living the Martha life lately! Even though the girls have been at my mother's this whole week, it seems as though I cannot accomplish even the few "urgent" items on my short list. Obviously, taking care of a newborn trumps any other "important" item, but I must admit to getting a tad frustrated at not even being able to respond to congratulatory messages.

Mr. Incredible has been simply incredible - he has taken care of the house for me this week, and I think he has done a better job than I manage to do. I jokingly asked if I could hire him, but I know he is doing this out of love for me and not for any love of housekeeping! In fact, I think he's bored nearly out of his mind.

We did get out on Wednesday morning. Buddy Bear had his newborn checkup, and I stopped at Wal-Mart to purchase a few supplies I had forgotten I would need for a baby. I was delighted to find that a certain brand of pacifiers now packages the pacifiers in custom boxes, meaning that I can toss the pacifiers into the diaper bag and not have to worry about their being clean. I know - it doesn't take much to amuse small minds. *smile*

So what does my rambling have to do with Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World? Simply this - if I do not take care, I will always be "too busy" to spend time with my Lord. Even though I have not yet finished reading this book (it is taking me a while to ponder the concepts shared), I have had my eyes opened to areas in which I need to improve. Joanna Weaver, the author of this book, doesn't write from some elevated spiritual plateau but instead cordially invites the reader to take what is best from both Mary and Martha, encouraging us to find that necessary balance between service and worship.

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 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, 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.

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.

Related links:
Joanna's blog: http://joannaweaver.blogspot.com
Buy the book at Amazon.com
Blog tour schedule

5 comments:

dana wyzard said...

Sweetie, have I told you lately that I love you? I think you need to know that someone who hasn't even met you in person, holds you in her heart. I've been having a wrestling match for a long time, with everything that I have ever believed. I am so far in doubt that, even though I want to read that book desperately, I know that it would be useless for me.

arrrrgh I'd write a post about it, but I don't want people to know that this choir singing, guitar playing in the ministry, "Sunday church, opening prayer person" has become such a doubting Thomas.

dana wyzard said...

I just re-read my comment and I must apologize for throwing up all over your comment page.

Revka said...

Dana, thanks. :) Your comment is greatly encouraging - the part about loving me without having met me.

There is no need to apologize for the rest of it - it did not in any way violate my comment guidelines, and it was a transparent, honest comment. I welcome those at any time. :)

I will be praying for you, and please let me know if I can help you in any way. You know that I have struggled with doubt.

jeannie said...

You know I have never read this book.
I think I really need too.
Where would I find it?

Revka said...

Jeannie, you can buy it online through Amazon.com, and I bet it's also available in your local Christian book store.