- Title: Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out
- Author: Joanna Weaver
- ISBN: 9781400072477
- Page: 269
- Format: Paperback
Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk.At our very core, every one of us is a twisted sister within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control We are afflicted with spiri Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk.At our very core, every one of us is a twisted sister within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our good girl desire to put Jesus first and our bad girl realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way.In this life changing book, Joanna Weaver, author of the perennial bestseller, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, directs your gaze past your own shortcomings to the God who stands ready, willing, and able to make a new woman out of you She equips you with biblical insights and practical tools to partner with Christ, inviting him into the hidden places of your soul and giving him full permission to redeem and renovate.Drawing on the stories of biblical Marys and others whose experience with God transformed their lives, Joanna shows how you can find the hope, healing, wholeness, and joy your heart longs for Having a Mary Spirit will launch you toward lasting personal transformation soul deep change that results in a complete makeover, from the inside out Includes a 12 week Bible study for both individual reflection and group discussion
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One of my favorite books of all time. I plan to re-read it many times and recommend it to just about every woman I know. Although it is geared more toward females, I found myself reading several passages to my husband because I loved the author's interpretations of verses and 'wake-up calls'. As my husband said, "There is a lot in there that we need to hear every day".
I learned how to (or how to try to) control the "FleshWoman" in me. This is by far the best book I've read about ME - ME the woman; not me the mom, me the wife, me the parent, me the (fill in the blank) but just about me the woman. I did read it slowly to allow the chapters to digest before moving on. It's a deep, spiritual, biblical read. I loved it! It wasn't superficial, nor did I feel guilty or at fault for my failures as a woman (You know ladies - not doing it "all" so to speak)Many things [...]
To me this book was an ugly look at the inside of the heart which is a person's thoughts. Sometimes looking at this heart and realizing that change must happen to keep fellowship with God is difficult.I want to take care of my own problems,but God wants us to depend on him with our ability. I like this writer, Joanna Weaver, the way she writes to the reader, as if, she is having coffee in the living room with you.
I think I would have given this book 5 stars if I had read it with a group of ladies together because discussing the ideas in the book with others would have made it more memorable in my mind. With that being said, this book was still a good reminder for addressing what I need to work on and how to keep growing in my faith. I do need to be better about know scripture so that these truths are in my heart in my deepest times of need. I liked the point to guard my heart against things that are not [...]
My sister and I worked through this book together and learned a lot about ourselves and our place in the world as Christian women. What I love so much about this book is how down to earth the author is and how honest she is with her readers. She doesn't preach to us from the standpoint of a "perfect Christian woman," she is still finding her way just like we are- I love that! Each chapter is accompanied by questions and bible verses that help readers dig deeper as they work through topics from d [...]
Having a Mary Spirit is an excellent read for women (since it's aimed at women) who desire a closer walk with Christ. One of my prayers that I like to keep going - since it's the prayer God always answers, no matter what (!) - is for God to remove anything about me that He doesn't like. Believe me when I say that if you don't mean that, then absolutely do not pray for it; it's like the one prayer that 100% of the time God has always answered.Anyway, there was one thing about this book that I str [...]
I hate to admit, I needed this book. I need the reminder that I am prone to sin, that He must increase that I might decrease. I don’t know that these things are always the easiest to hear, but I’m not going to refuse the medication the Lord portions out.
Things to watch out for:a competitive spirita controlling spirita contentious spirita discontented spiritp. 45The baptism of love the New Testament church experienced after the Spirit's coming was unlike anything the world had ever seen. People set aside time daily just to be together, to eat and laugh and sing and worship God. When someone was in need, others sold their possessions - without being asked! - so the needy person could be helped. Slave or free, Jew or Gentile, or even a complete st [...]
This book had such good reviews but I sort of feel like I could have gotten the jest of the book by reading the very thorough and glowing reviews. This book might be good for a women's Bible study. I read about 85% of the book. I kept looking for some real practical how-to's. The ideas seemed, well, simplistic. I guess I was looking for something deeper. And I did not connect with her humor. But, as I mentioned, others loved the book and said one woman said it was her favorite of all time and th [...]
After having read Joanna's first book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" AMAZING!! years ago, I couldn't wait to read her next book in her series. Our Martha desire to have a more Mary-like attitude and spirit instead of our react-first-think-later fleshly attitude that generally rules. Here Joanna Weaver takes you step by step teaching you how God can give you a holy makeover from the inside out. Joanna's devotional writing style gives practical insight and guidance for daily living and [...]
This is an excellent book, that has really challenged me in several areas of my life. I really relate to the author as I am very much like her in my personality and challenges. The chapter on forgiveness was really excellent as well as the parts about fear. It has been a slow read for me as the Lord puts His finger on different areas in my life. I have realized that change is totally impossible apart from abiding in Christ--the change just happens as a result of that. I am experiencing victory a [...]
Every woman should read!
Not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Gave up 50 pages in.
It is a book on self help to be more like Christ and less of me. I feel it has some revelatory concept and is excellent on the subject. This is a "rubber meets the road" kind of book for every Christian Believer that is serious about God. It was a book timely for me as I was dealing with an area, that I needed God to change in me. And after reading it, coupled with the Lord's timing, I am changed from the inside out in this area of God's choosing to deal with in me. I lead a group of about 5-8 w [...]
I thought this book would be very similar to Joanna Weaver's first book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" (after all, the title is almost the same). This one does start out with some basic Christian background, which is perfect for a new Christian. But it also has some more depth in the later chapters. My only problem in this book is the author uses one conflict in her life over and over again in numerous examples. It seemed a bit repetitive, but it was applicable several different ways.Th [...]
One of the best bible studies I’ve done in a long time.
Life-changing book! Weaver walks you through the process of transforming from being burdened by your sin to true freedom in Christ.
this book is excellent. It really opens your eyes to the flesh and gives scripture to change if you really want to. God is waiting to help bring us closer to him.
Always a great reminder of what is important and simple truths to follow
This is a excellent Book. I learned a lot about myself and my relationship with God. I am going to 're-read it. Lots of scripture reference.
Wonderful devotional book. It has been a long time since I've read a book that has captured me in this way. Would recommend it to others and will definitely be a book that I would read again. The author is honest about her walk with the Lord, the highs and lows of her faith, the refining of her character to be more like Christ. Some cheesy parts but for the most part just really honest and insightful.
I don't even know how long it's been since I finished a book!!! Two months, I suppose. I read another book by this author, "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World," and it was very good and I wanted more of the same. A few of the chapters were not as interesting as the first book, maybe even a little too cliche like if there is such a phrase. The good chapters (totally subjective, of course) made up for it, however. Alot was said about Flesh Woman (the natural man's bride, I guess). We all battle [...]
I found this book to be a challenging and very worthwhile read. This quote from the book cover well describes the struggle that I, the author, and I expect many others go through on a daily basis - "At our very core, every one of us is a "twisted sister" within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our "good girl" desire to put Jesus first and our "bad girl" realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out [...]
The author does very well when sharing other writer's words and stories and there are break through moments here. That said, it's a depressing read in some ways- I can't relate to this woman very much and I don't especially like her advice. Being Godly doesn't mean stifling your nature but growing into who God wants you to be. Chapter 14 was troubling. A Woman who calls another stupid in the name of 'Speaking the truth in love' is not chastised but praised and there's a sense that love means tel [...]
I read this book for my Bible Study. It was the second book by this author we read. A great book and so many wonderful life lessons. The book really spoke to me . I learned more about turning away from " flesh woman" and trying to be the person God wants me to be, God wants to make me a new woman and this book gives you the stores and guidance to do this. It will not be easy and there will be mistakes and times I take steps backwards but God is forgiving and will continue to be there for me. Joa [...]
A wonderfully written book! Better than "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." Joanna Weaver encourages and inspires us to experience the gradual transformation through daily living and obedience. Through daily obedience can God change us and get us from where we are to where He wants us to be. There is not one quote that sums up the book. The whole book is great. She supplements her writing with other great writers throughout time and sub-articles that enhance the content. This is another boo [...]
This is a wonderful book full of practical information for daily living of the Christian life. Joanna Weaver shares from her own experiences, including failure and success. She is very open and transparent. We used this for a study in my Sunday School class, and I think we all identified often with the struggles discussed in this book. I recommend it for all Christian women, and it is good for a group study.
This book was almost a 'must' to follow the previous one (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World).but it is just as enriching as a book and study by itself. Joanna Weaver continues to provide practical insights and advice to help the reader draw yet a little closer to the Savior. Even though the book contains a study guide I would recommend getting the separate study guide, or better yet, get the DVD pack by the same name. It makes an excellent companion for individual or group study!
Joanna Weaver has beautiful insights and plenty of take away tools to help you have a Mary Spirit. I have been allowed to study many works on grace and healing that this book just didn't surprise me with the insights or help tools. Not saying that this book is bad, it's not; I am just saying I have heard many of these advice tips. I really like Joanna Weaver's writing style and will read more of her works in the future. I Give this book 3.5 stars.
I have read this book twice now and have loaned it out and recommended it to many different ladies in my church. I love Joanna's writing style and how she digs in deep with scripture, bringing out solid Truth and encouragement to live a life of loving Jesus better. This is a great practical book with very applicable applications in moving forward in our journey with Jesus. I highly recommend this book!
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