Thursday, June 9, 2016
Book Review~Having a Martha Home the Mary Way
As a wife and mother, it seems a constant struggle to keep the house clean. It feels like a losing battle most days. I would love to have my home spotless 24/7, but I know that is not realistic for a busy, functioning family with kids and pets. In her book Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul, author Sarah Mae helps readers tackle their homes cleanliness one day at a time, while nourishing their souls with stories and scripture.
After an introduction into Gentle Homemaking, explaining Martha and Mary, and the author telling her story, there is a chapter on how to use the book, explaining the Martha Challenges and Mary Challenges. The Martha Challenges are for those who aren't natural cleaners, and breaks down cleaning tasks into smaller, doable steps. The Mary Challenges invite you to read a scripture and ponder different aspects of your life.
Each day has a scripture, a story/lesson, a Mary Challenge with plenty of room to write your responses down, and a Martha Challenge for the day. I found the Mary Challenges very thought provoking, and the Mary challenges were totally doable. At the back of the book are some extra tips to help you. The most important thing I took away from Having a Martha Home the Mary Way is that cleaning the house is about more than just cleaning. It's not about everything looking perfect, it is about creating a peaceful, comfortable retreat for those you love. I want my home to be the place my family looks forward to coming home to. If I'm stressed about cleaning, I will not be creating the warm environment for my family.
Having a Martha Home the Mary Way is a great read for those with cleaning challenges and those without. Inside its pages are great reminders of why we, as wives and mothers, do what we do.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.