31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul: Sound good? Then you might want to grab a copy of Sarah Mae's newest book: Having a Martha Home the Mary Way.
I was intrigued by the title of this book. I knew the Luke 10 passage that was being referenced and the contrast between sisters Martha and Mary: Martha, the practical hard worker, and Mary, the one who sat at Jesus' feet and chose "the good portion." As a perpetual Martha, I was interested to find out how to bring a bit more of Mary into my housekeeping.
After a few short introductory chapters, the book consists of thirty-one daily sections. Each day begins with a quote and a short writing based on the day's assignment. Then comes the "Mary" section of a short Bible study. Finally, the "Martha" challenge is a practical action to take towards the goal of having a clean home within a month.
I appreciated a number of things about this book. First, Sarah emphasizes that a "clean" home is not a perfect home. Rather, it is one that is welcoming and allows your family to live life without being tripped up by messes. I found there to be a good balance between Mary and Martha information, as caring for both souls and homes are necessary. Finally, the Martha challenges contain a manageable task for each day and include days for catch-up. The book is full of encouragement and could be a great help for anyone looking to work towards having an enjoyable, orderly home.
What stuck with me most from the book was actually found in the Day 1 writing, when Sarah recalls being welcomed into a home and finding beautiful touches throughout, such as flowers and chocolates on the guest room nightstand, lit candles, and music playing. She says, "I want to do that also-to be someone who takes the time to make the ordinary into something beautiful." Yes.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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