The book takes its name from the sisters/friends of Jesus in the New Testament: Mary AND Martha. Why Martha was most definitely a great "housekeeper," she wasn't a great "homemaker." And there is a difference! A housekeeper is obsessed with the perfection of the clean home and the perfect meal. The homemaker is great a cleaning and serving, but recognizes the importance of relationships. Sarah Mae breaks this book up into 31 short, encouraging devotionals. After each devotional, there's a Mary Challenge and a Martha Challenge. The Mary Challenge involves studying a passage of Scripture. The Martha Challenge involves a well-structures list of cleaning/straightening up duties. If you're looking for a book that short, easy to read, encouraging, AND includes a detailed schedule for keeping an organized house, this book is for you!
Just to give you a little taste of the greatness of this book, here are a couple of excerpts from the book:
"You are a creator of beauty and peace and safe spaces. You are a homemaker. Let's embrace the empowering definition of who we are: 'Who is woman? She is the redeemed life-giver, enlivened by the love of Christ and continuously renewed by Him as she nurtures others.'"
"When I enter into the mundane and choose to clean even when I don't want to, I am closer to who Jesus is. I am choosing to be like Him. And when this happens, not only is my character changing for the better, but cleaning becomes an act of worship."
I received a digital copy of this book, free of charge, from Tyndale Blog Network, in exchange for my honest review.