Friday, August 10, 2018

"Made Like Martha" by Katie M. Reid

About this book:

  “Are you a Martha who feels guilty for not being a Mary?
Do you want to sit at Jesus’s feet as Mary did—but you feel the need to get things done? In Made Like Martha, Katie M. Reid invites you to exchange try-hard striving for hope-filled freedom without abandoning your doer’s heart in the process.
Through her own story and rich biblical illustrations, Katie reminds you that it’s not important whether you sit and listen or stand and work. What matters is that your spiritual posture is one of a beloved daughter who knows she doesn’t need to earn God’s love. Your desire to get things done is not something to temper but something to embrace as you serve form a place of strength and peace—knowing Christian already did His most important work for you on the cross.
With “It Is Finished” activities at the end of each chapter and a five-week Bible study included, Made Like Martha helps you find rest form striving even as you celebrate your God-given design to “do.””

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Luke 10:38-42 at the beginning; All about God, Jesus, Martha and Mary, & being like one of those women; Tons of Scriptures are read, referenced, mentioned, & discussed; ‘H’s are typically capital when referring to God (excepted when versions are quoted); Many mentions of others & events in the Bible; Mentions of Jesus’ miracles; Mentions of Christians; Mentions of churches, church going, worship songs, sermons, & pastors; Mentions of sins; A few mentions of missionaries & mission trips; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of Christian songs & singers; A mention of Vacation Bible School.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘darn’, a ‘wimp’, and two ‘sheesh’s; Mentions of a family who kept a slave in contemporary times & historical slavery; A few mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of wars; A couple mentions of divorce; A mention of a tattoo;
             *Note: Mentions of other books, blogs, & authors; Mentions of TV shows/movies, fictional characters, toys, products, plays, singers, & songs; A few mentions of social media sites; A couple mentions of car brands.

Sexual Content- A mention of a wife satisfying her husband in the bedroom;
             *Note: A couple mentions of childbirth & labor; A couple mentions of the author’s “birthing hips and substantial thighs”.

                                                        226 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add ½ to a full star for older girls who feel like they are a Martha}
Type A.
Those are three things I’ve called myself over my short life, but especially in the last year.

“Jesus never asked Martha to be Mary, and He didn’t ask you to be either. He simply pointed out that you do not have to serve from a place of striving and worry, because He is already enough for you.”

While I do not typically read non-fiction, I began being interested in it after learning the tag line: “Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done”. I have to say, though, that I learned while reading I’m not a complete Martha. I definitely like lists, organizing, and such, but I haven’t felt that I have to accomplish things to show Jesus that He didn’t make a mistake dying for me on the cross. So, because I couldn’t completely relate, I am personally giving this book a 3.5 star rating.  
The last forty pages are a Bible study section where readers can learn more and expound on the Scriptures already mentioned through the book. I personally really liked that each week had an activity for the Bible study members to do together. Overall, I did enjoy this non-fiction and even underlined parts in my copy! ;)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Waterbrook/Multnomah) for this honest review.

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