An invitation for overachievers to discover what it means to rest as God's daughters without compromising their God-given design as doers.
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 from a place of strength and peace—knowing Christ already did His most important work for you on the cross.
With “It Is Finished” activities at the end of each chapter and a fiveweek Bible study included, Made Like Martha helps you find rest from striving even as you celebrate your God-given design to “do.”
“Made Like Martha will infuse your life with a fresh perspective as you learn both to embrace your God-given personality and also discover how—and when—to rest and retreat.” —Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut
Reid, contributing writer for Christian lifestyle blogs iBelieve and LightWorkers, cuts through the common idea that Jesus preferred Mary over Martha in this book of uplifting encouragements for Christian women. "Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things," Jesus says in Luke 10, after Mary sits at his feet while Martha continues cooking. "Only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good, which part shall not be taken away from her." Reid digs into this passage, asserting that "since I spend most of my days bustling instead of sitting at Jesus's feet, I feel as if something is inherently wrong with me." She breaks the book into three thematic sections: striving, sitting, and standing. To begin, she addresses the attitude of constant striving, with her most helpful section exploring how Martha-like women commonly worry about "what if" scenarios. Reid explains how shifting one's thinking to "even if" allows one to be more prepared for tribulations. In the next section, she explores ways of being grateful and "enjoying your spiritual inheritance," and in the final section, she brings her thoughts together to propose ways of "stewarding well without overdoing it" and strategies for rest. Reid's cheerful book will appeal to Christian women looking for more peace of mind.