By Katie M. Reid (WaterBrook)
Teachers, preachers and readers often interpret Jesus’ words in Luke 10:38-42 that Mary’s actions are good, and Martha’s aren’t. Thus, generations of God-created doers have felt guilty or tried to change rather than using their heaven-sent gifts. In Made Like Martha, Katie M. Reid offers good news for those who get things done.
The author emphasizes that although Martha’s and Mary’s are daughters of the king, Martha’s sometimes strive with “hired help mentality” rather than enjoying “beloved daughter’s reality.” Reid asserts Jesus’ concern was because Martha was distracted, worried and upset by details, not because she was getting things done. She captures the dependable doer’s essence in 10 chapters containing biblical examples, personal experiences, explanations from a modern Martha and an “It is finished” exercise. The book closes with five group Bible studies.
Filled with wonderful wisdom and comforting comments, the youth pastor’s wife ultimately reminds every Martha that a doer’s service should be confident and secure, because nothing anyone can do is ever enough, but Jesus is. Mary knew that. Martha learned that, and so can anyone blessed with the gift of getting things done. Self-proclaimed “Martha” Katie Reid and Made Like Martha can help.
Kathy Robinson Hillman, former president
Baptist General Convention of Texas