Having a Martha Home the Mary Way By Sarah Mae

I have loved Sarah Mae since I read her first blog! I am thrilled she is publishing books! Keeping an orderly and clean house is a challenge for most women. (Me included!) Sarah Mae gets it!! She is one of us! She doesn’t shame you, guilt you or push you into improving as homemaker but gently guides you. I appreciate her transparency in sharing her story.
The Bible instructs us to do everything “heartily as unto the Lord.” However there are things we don’t even think about doing as if we were doing them for Him. One of those is housework. Most of the times I know I am in the mode of just get it done! As women we can be like Martha and get so wrapped up in our “to do list” that we forget to make time for the Lord and include Him as Mary did. I have often thought about the story of Mary and Martha. I understood putting God first, but there are things that have to be done, so where is the balance? This book helps define that very question. Each chapter contains two challenges. “Martha Challenges’ breaks your home care into manageable realistic steps. “Mary Challenges” are Bible readings with questions to answer to prepare you spiritually as you work. One of the most beautiful homemaking books I have read. It helps me put God not only in my home but in my work to maintain it.
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr

I was sad to see this was the last book in the At Home in Trinity series. I have enjoyed all of them. As I read it, I couldn’t help but think about when I met Martha in the first book, The Midwife’s Tale. It was like thinking back on the life of a friend.
Midwife Cade has faced many changes in the three books. She is a middle aged widow and these new chapters in her life hold true for women even now: children becoming adults, letting go of control in their lives and ours, realizing we cannot keep up our youthful pace, confronting new decisions about the future, and most of all accepting the time of life we are in.
There were moments I became aggravated at the Martha for her overbearing, bossy attitude toward others. Then I realized taking control of situations was just part of her calling as midwife spilling over into other relationships.
I admired her for waiting on God’s guidance in the choices set before her, and I could relate to how much harder those are later in years. A lesson that ran throughout the book was how God provides for us even before the need arises. I experience this in my life as a widow. I continued to enjoy the fascinating facts about medicine and midwifery during that era. Ms. Parr’s solid characters and wonderful sense of humor made this another great book. I loved the ending!!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.