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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Weaver Narrator: Jill Gajkowski Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bethany Trilogy Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9781608140039
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, bestselling author of the Glenbrooke series and 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 leader

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille Tingey | 2/19/2014

    " Learning to balance worship and work--this book was helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Honeycutt | 2/2/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! I had it sitting on my bookshelf for a few years and finally got around to reading it! It was encouraging and well written. The title makes it sound more geared toward women, but I think ANYONE would get something out of this book since it deals with balancing service and worship; spending intimate time with the Lord; and examining your heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/27/2014

    " Great book to help you slow down and spend time with God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Susla | 1/17/2014

    " This was an excellent book. I read this with a bible study group at my church and grew spiritually. We plan to read her next book, Having a Mary Spirit, this Fall. I highly recommend this book for someone who is trying to place Jesus first in their busy life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 1/7/2014

    " Used this as a year-long book discussion group study. Not my favorite choice content-wise, but it is very nicely laid out for discussion purposes with questions included in the back. The content includes very traditional Christian concepts which is ok, but didn't 'stretch' me in any personal way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Jones | 12/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book when I read it in 2003 it really helped me evalute how much I am about doing things for Jesus and not just being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/10/2013

    " This is one of the best Christian books I've read, especially among the ones that are meant for group study and stuff. I love that it is practical and provides an actual plan forward rather than just telling you some things you should know. Weaver's writing is intelligent, creative, and engaging. A bit sappy or something at times, but I'm hard to please that way. Definitely an excellent read for anyone (not just women) who wants to balance work and worship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stacie | 11/27/2013

    " Good basics, which I needed as a reminder. Yet I finished it wanting more. That's probably more my own fault; there really isn't a "formula" for having a close relationship with God, per se. In the end, it was a good enough read, gave me things to think about and a few things to try and it wrapped up nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Aranda | 11/20/2013

    " A truly life changing book. This is one I'm going to have to buy and read over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 11/12/2013

    " Loved it!! Just last week I looked back to the discussion we did online of this book and it refreshed my memory. I learned a lot about myself and how I can better serve God and others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/10/2013

    " I skimmed this, and it was kind of nice, but it wasn't compelling enough to make time for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mar | 10/27/2013

    " I loved this book for a spiritual growth experience and personal growth also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Blue | 10/24/2013

    " Excellent spiritual comparison for busy mothers today. Great book for a womens group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 10/15/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. I never pictured Martha in this way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda Newman | 10/3/2013

    " A great reminder to a Martha who wants to be a Mary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie | 7/20/2013

    " reading this book as a small group "book club" study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 6/10/2013

    " I liked this book; however, I did not like her perspective on Eve and the events in the Garden of Eden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki Mascia | 12/8/2012

    " This was not an easy read. I think it was meant more for a bible study especially after seeing the bible study companion in the back of the book. :-) It definitely made me think! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Rooney | 7/19/2012

    " Interesting read. The first half was much better than the final chapters. Spiritual message with helpful lists and action items. Well annotated with scriptural references. Very extensive discussion questions included. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha B | 5/1/2012

    " Great read! Could read it over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/1/2012

    " This book is amazing...it is on my Top 5 books that changed my life for sure. I would recommend this book to everyone (male and female alike). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renée | 9/30/2011

    " I really liked this book...I have it all marked up with pink and yellow highlighter and have also tabbed many pages with Post-it's highlighter tabs too, for quick reference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 9/27/2011

    " most excellent book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 8/16/2011

    " Great Story. Really helps you understand the importance of balancing your life in service and in your spiritual growth. Great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Whitehall | 7/16/2011

    " I did this as a bible study at church. A very good book. I learned that I do not need to be perfect but just need to strive to be more of a Mary. I need to strive to sit at Jesus feet. This is a process. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis | 6/4/2011

    " Good reminder to not get so caught up in "doing" that we lose focus of what is important. And not to feel we personally have to do everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 5/4/2011

    " not ready to give my review yet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alix | 4/3/2011

    " Overall, a good read. Not a heavy duty book, but easy to read a chapter at a time, with a good "motif" for each section that can be practically applied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 3/26/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, especially the part about Mary emptying her alabaster jar at the Master's feet. It was insightful into the balance between service and intimacy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 2/22/2011

    " I liked this book; however, I did not like her perspective on Eve and the events in the Garden of Eden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/19/2011

    " Excellent read to help improve/strengthen and guide me to keep working on getting closer with the Lord!! READ IT FOR SURE!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 12/24/2010

    " After reading it on Kindle, ordered a hard copy so I can go back and do the study at the end.
    Some chapters I felt were talking directly to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bebedough | 11/10/2010

    " Given to me by a priest of my church, as she led a women's spiritual book club on this and related topics. So far, a great guidebook for women, even if God is not a major focus in your life - you can draw great life guidance that is spiritually focused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 11/4/2010

    " Great book to help you slow down and spend time with God. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 8/21/2010

    " this was good. It has a study guide at the back so great for doing with someone. I had one AHA moment while going through this book. "

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