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Made Like Martha - by Katie M Reid (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 240

Genre: Religion + Beliefs

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Author: Katie M Reid

Language: English

TCIN: 53746240
UPC: 9780735291263
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-9868


"Are you a doer--one who loves to check things off her daily to-accomplish list? Are your desire to be productive and your confident, capable ways often subtly (or even overtly) slammed by others, making you feel less spiritual than your laid-back, easygoing friends? Made Like Martha will infuse your life with a fresh perspective as you learn to embrace your God-given personality and also discover how--and when--to rest and retreat."
--Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, New York Times best-selling author of Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All, wife, and mother of three

"Made Like Martha is the gospel for go-getters. Within these pages, Reid silences the voices that push, 'Do more. Be more. Achieve more.' Those persistent taunts are covered by the glorious blanket of God's lavish grace and unconditional love. Allow yourself to be wrapped in the reminder that you are enough because He is enough. If you've ever been tempted to think that your worth is affected by your work, this book is for you. Made Like Martha is an open invitation to rest secure in your identity as a beloved daughter of God because of what Christ has already done."
--Kate Motaung, author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

"Finally! A permission-giving read for us go-getters to live out who we are created to be without shame. Made Like Martha is my new go-to gift for leaders, hard workers, and passionate women who long to listen to God's voice and know peace when they're tempted to hustle. Katie shares from a space of wisdom, grace, and authentic humility; a beautiful reminder that God isn't out to change us but simply to love us. Marthas included."
--Bekah Jane Pogue, author of Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned, national speaker, writing and speaking coach, and soul care provider at BekahPogue.com

"For those who long to get off the merry-go-round of striving, Katie's words are a welcome invitation to let go of trying harder and instead rest in your identity as a beloved daughter."
--Holley Gerth, best-selling author of You're Already Amazing

"Doers can finally breathe a sigh of relief and find rest in who God created them to be. Katie's words bring freedom to stop striving and start thriving as His beloved daughter."
--Erin H. Warren, women's ministry director at First Baptist Orlando

"As the firstborn in a family of six preacher's kids, I have always identified with Martha. Somebody has to be in charge of food preparation, cleanup, and the agenda when a group of friends or relatives gathers in my home! In Made Like Martha, Katie Reid knocks the ball out of the park as she reveals how much God loves doers and longs for them to find their identity in Him while they live out their calling and purpose. Read it for yourself first and then gather a group of women together and go through the Bible study. How do I describe this book? Honest. Powerful. Humorous. Deep. Encouraging. Inspiring. Applicable. Don't miss it!"
--Carol Kent, speaker and author of He Holds My Hand: Experiencing God's Presence and Protection

"Katie will take you and your weary Martha-self on a journey to abundant freedom. If you are a doer, do yourself a favor and read this book. And all the Marthas sing 'hallelujah!'"
--Jami Amerine, author of Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior

"Martha tends to get a bad rap, but God loves the Marthas of the world--the doers, the get-it-done-whatever-the-cost girls. He loves us in spite of our striving and doing. Katie M. Reid, in her wonderful new book, Made Like Martha, reminds us we are worth so much more to God than we could ever imagine, so much more than any task we can ever do for Him. Katie beautifully illustrates ways we can learn to serve others from a place of strength, not striving, a place of worship, not worry. Katie shares so much wisdom and practical application (plus a fantastic bonus Bible study) that if you identify more as Martha than Mary, you will rejoice in learning how to stay calm in the chaos, how to find a balance between striving and slowing down, and how to finally rejoice in the woman God created you to be."
--Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids: Partner with God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child's Life and mother of Grammy Award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli

"If you've ever wondered if you were 'too much' or known a faint awareness that you can overwhelm people with your energy, enthusiasm, and ability to do all things, Made Like Martha is for you. Katie combines poignant storytelling and powerful Scripture teaching into an invitation for us to lay aside our personal expectations and to-do lists and embrace the call of Christ--not to do, but to be. By sharing her journey of finding contentment in her personality and courage to live in God's purpose, Katie challenges, inspires, and encourages all women to embrace their own personalities and purpose."
--Teri Lynne Underwood, author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most

"'Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I'm made like Martha.' At last I can say those words with my chin held high, knowing Jesus loves me as much as He loves all the Marys in the world. This book was just what my Martha-heart needed. I felt affirmed in who I am and learned how to find peace and rest in the midst of my busy life."
--Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol

"There are some women in my life who just don't stop. Made like Martha, they are always on the go. They strive and are often left physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. For years, I have struggled to find words to encourage these dear friends. As it turns out, I was just waiting for Katie Reid to finish writing this book. In a world that often praises Mary for pausing to spend time with the Lord, Katie shares the Father's heart for the women He made to be like Martha. This long-awaited resource full of practical encouragement will bring freedom and rest to all who read it."
--Becky Thompson, best-selling author of Love Unending and Hope Unfolding

"For most of my life my 'Martha-ness' cast a shadow of perfectionism and a need to control over every situation. The striving, working, and doing left little room for grace for myself or those around me. Like Katie, I had to come to the realization that my God-given gifts and tendencies would actually only be able to effectively glorify and honor Him if I let go of my desire to micromanage. Made Like Martha takes you on a gentle, truth-filled journey to the freedom you perhaps don't even realize your soul is craving. And it's there, in that freedom where giftings and grace beautifully collide, that we become women who can serve from a place of peace rather than perfection."
--Vanessa Hunt, coauthor of Life in Season: Celebrate the Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home and founder of AtThePicketFence.com

"When you're exhausted from the try-hard, dizzy-busy life of striving to accomplish it all, while attempting to do it better than before, Made Like Martha's message of hope, truth, and freedom is the rest you need. Katie's deep and practical insight into the tension surrounding Martha's personality gives every woman permission to celebrate exactly who and how God made her to be--doer and all."
--Jen Schmidt, blogger behind Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, author of Just Open the Door, and host of the Becoming Conference

"I'm a doer. Maybe you are too. I work hard, love to check off my to-do list, and enjoy feeling accomplished. At least I did until I was diagnosed with a serious illness. My new limitations caused me to question my value and purpose. In Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done, Katie M. Reid helped me recalibrate and find strength in service and peace, even when busy and weak. She speaks to the deepest places of fear and fatigue that often chase after first responders, primary care givers, and those who love to take charge and leads us to give up a lifestyle of striving while embracing a new way of living--settled, even when busy. If you ever had a secret sympathy for Martha, you will love this book, and you will love Katie. Prepare to be encouraged."
--Jan Greenwood, Equip pastor at Gateway Church and author of Women at War

"What a beautiful invitation to leave the try-hard life behind and just belong to Jesus! This Martha is grateful."
--Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

"As a lifelong overachiever, I've been called (by others but also by myself) bossy, type A, a perfectionist, and more. Reading Made Like Martha was the first time I felt as though someone acknowledged those parts of my personality as something good and then reminded me that I'm also called beloved. This book offers a 'me too' hug from a fellow doer who knows that we are exactly the way God created us to be, as well as the relief of letting go of the burden to get it all done and get it all right. With gentle confidence Katie Reid speaks from her own experience, and it's almost as if she's taken a look inside my journal and at my to-do list as well. She points readers to the truth and real-life implications of Jesus's genuine affection for Martha and those of us made like her."
--Mary Carver, blogger and coauthor of Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts

"I want to sit at Jesus's feet just like Mary did, but the reality is I'm a hardworking woman more like Martha. Is it possible to thrive with a to-do list in our hands and a prayer in our hearts? In Made Like Martha, Katie M. Reid tells us how. For the dependable woman who feels as if it's all up to her, this is a message of hope. For the overwhelmed woman attempting to do it all, this is an invitation to freedom. For the discouraged woman who feels as though she's not enough, this is an anthem of grace."
--Wendy Speake, coauthor of Triggers, Parenting Scripts, and Life Creative

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Very encouraging!

5 out of 5 stars
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Amy W - 1 year ago
This book was such an encouragement to me, as I sometimes can overdo it with doing (or at least attempting to do) everything and yet feel guilty for not doing enough. Katie speaks in love while she explains how we are not supposed to change to instead be "Mary" - we were created to be this way. But, we need to remember what we are striving for and not miss the fact that Christ is the one completing a work in us. We cannot miss Grace! One of the chapters discusses stewarding without overdoing it, which was perfect for me during this time in my life. I realized that I need to relate to God as a daughter instead of a hard-working "slave". Here is one of my favorite quotes from that section: "When I act as if it's all up to me, I elevate my doer's heart above my dependence on the One who is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. And I forget that He is the One who gives life and breath and everything else (see Acts 17:25). On the other hand, when I downplay what I am called to and capable of, I ignore the reality that His divine power gives me everything I need for life and godliness (see 2 Peter 1:3)." So much good stuff in this book! I really enjoyed the reflection questions after each chapter as well as the assessments she includes after each part!
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You Don't Have to Stop Being Yourself-- You're Loved!

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EmilyP - 1 year ago
First and foremost, this book is an invitation not to stop striving, but to do it for the right reasons. Katie has written an honest, gut-check type book that not only makes you examine your heart for the work you do, but for the reasons you might be trying too hard. How can we each both be a Mary and a Martha? Which is the better woman to follow after? Doesn't Jesus still love them, regardless? As a lifelong type A "Martha," I have always felt convicted if I didn't feel like I should stop and release all the items on my "to do" list. Doesn't Scripture say that Mary "chose the best thing" by ignoring all the "many things" waiting to be done, while Martha felt she had to keep on going? Katie calls our striving what it CAN be--the good stuff--then opens our eyes to the parts that could use a little work. She does this in a way that is both supportive and encouraging, being she is a Martha herself. I could identify with how she felt she was being lazy or disobedient to who God created her to be by just stopping all the flurry of daily life. It's difficult for a hard worker to place everything on hold without thinking of the end results. The good news is that all this striving and goal seeking is not what's necessary to have the love of God! We're His chosen daughters. We don't have to live or work as if our value depends on it. He has already paid our cost and made us enough. He loves us just as we are, whether we relish in enjoying the present, calm moment, or enjoy the work associated with goal setting and changing our communities. I felt like someone who has been where I am was sharing her thoughts with me over coffee. It's a relief to know I am not the only one who finds encouragement in meeting a goal or dreaming a new dream--even if that dream might have a lot of work attached to it. There is also a Bible study in the back of the book and additional resources available online that you can print out from her website, which I loved having access to. This book is perfect for those who think that being a go-getter means that we must continue trying to meet new goals in order for God to accept us. If we just did this better, or just worked harder....these are all mindsets "Made Like Martha" will challenge and, prayerfully, change. Wonderful read and I will share it with my other hardworking sisters who need support! *I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.*
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Encouraging & Enlightening!

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Connie S - 1 year ago
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.
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Made Like Martha Is A Must Read!

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susam49 - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Katie Reid has written the book I didn’t know I desperately needed to read and embrace. But the Lord knew. “Made Like Martha” encapsulated how I was feeling without knowing I felt that way. Katie’s vulnerability and honesty spoke to my weary Martha soul. All my striving, trying to be more, and not embracing who God designed me to be awakened to Katie’s beautifully written truths. “Made Like Martha” is about believing we are enough and embracing who the Lord created us to be. We don’t need to “do” or “not to do”, we don’t need to strive, we just need to believe and live out “being” His beloved daughter. Nothing will ever change our place in Heaven or His eternal love for us. “Made Like Martha” is rich in faith, biblical stories and truths, relatable modern-day stories, action steps, and thought-provoking questions. Katie is genuine, honest, and soul-baring as she walks you through her story. She writes with passion, “I get you”, and a faith-filled spirit. Katie breaks down the walls of feeling like being “Martha” is somehow bad. She shares, “But God says, I have designed both Mary’s and Martha’s and I love them both.” I love that Katie has sprinkled her great sense of humor in the telling of some of her life stories. These words really drove the message home for me, “I had forgotten how to be a daughter.” “I have soul fatigue from years of striving and I want to be made well.” Yes, and Amen! Katie tenderly peeled away the layers and reveals the heart of Martha, the other side of her story, and God’s vast love for her doer soul. She broke down the barriers I felt trapped behind and opened the door to a radiant light that I had allowed to become dim. I, too, had forgotten how to be a daughter to the Lord. I was so caught up in the “doing” I forgot how to just “be”; to be in His Presence, to be His beloved daughter, to be who He created me to be, and that I am eternally loved, no matter what, just as I am, in my God designed Martha-ness. Another quote (of the countless) that spoke directly to my heart was, “Sometimes in our grown-up attempts to keep it together, we cut off parts of who we are and live an amputated life.” There is such wisdom, depth, and knowing in these words. I love that the book has Modern Martha stories from women who shed a light on their own Martha stories, truthfully sharing wisdom, grace, and faith. Beautifully done! I feel like I got two books in one because there is a Bible study at the back of the book! Each of the five lessons corresponds to two chapters of the book. Katie uses the acronym WORD for the study; Worship, Observe, Reflect, and Do! The study can be done individually or as a group study. I love that you can delve right in or do the study alongside reading the book and implement the steps right away. It resonates with my doer nature. I loved these quotes from Katie Reid: “Doing good deeds is not a way to earn My love, but it is a response to being loved by Me.” “But your serving, your doing, should be a response of gratitude, not a means to gain what I’ve already freely given to you!” “We don’t have to be perfect, we don’t have to live spotless lives, because Jesus always is and already did.” I absolutely loved “Made Like Martha” by Katie Reid! It is a book that I will be rereading again and again. Warning, have your highlighters and journal ready! I don’t think there was a page I didn’t highlight! This book has been such an eye-opening blessing to me! Thank you, Katie Reid, for writing such a life-altering book! I can’t wait for your next one!
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