Reading this book has given me a new appreciation for the story of the two sisters mentioned in Luke 10. Martha was the perfect hostess who wanted everything to be just right for Jesus's visit and she was unhappy that her sister Mary wasn't helping. Mary was just sitting around enjoying the company of their important guest and to top it off, Jesus seemed to defend Mary!
Author Katie B. Reid admits that she is a modern Martha but she now knows that this is okay and she has written this book to help others who possess a type A personality and are "Made Like Martha". Reid has finally realized that "Jesus wasn't telling Martha to stop being who He designed her to be; He was pointing out that she did not have to work herself into a frenzy to be loved. Martha was already adored by Jesus, and His love was a gift to be received, not a prize to be earned."
I love that this book is filled with so many examples about our compulsive need to keep doing when we should be receiving. "Nothing we do or don't do affects His approval. If we are in Christ, then we are approved through his death and resurrection." I also appreciate that there is a Made Like Martha Bible study that has five lessons to correlate with the ten chapters. What a great way to reinforce the encouragement and wisdom that fills the pages of this book!
"Made Like Martha" shows that it is okay to be made like Martha and equally okay to be made like Mary because God created them both and He loved them both. And He feels the same about all of us who are His beloved daughters!
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher but a positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.