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"Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You!"You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk.At our very core, every one of us is a "twisted sister" within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiri"Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You!"You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk.At our very core, every one of us is a "twisted sister" within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our "good girl" desire to put Jesus first and our "bad girl" realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way.In this life-changing book, Joanna Weaver, author of the perennial bestseller, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, directs your gaze past your own shortcomings to the God who stands ready, willing, and able to make a new woman out of you. She equips you with biblical insights and practical tools to partner with Christ, inviting him into the hidden places of your soul and giving him full permission to redeem and renovate.Drawing on the stories of biblical Marys and others whose experience with God transformed their lives, Joanna shows how you can find the hope, healing, wholeness, and joy your heart longs for. Having a Mary Spirit will launch you toward lasting personal transformation-soul-deep change that results in a complete makeover, from the inside out.**Includes a 12-week Bible study for both individual reflection and group discussion**...

Title : Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out
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Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out Reviews

  • Meg
    2019-03-28 23:01

    One of my favorite books of all time. I plan to re-read it many times and recommend it to just about every woman I know. Although it is geared more toward females, I found myself reading several passages to my husband because I loved the author's interpretations of verses and 'wake-up calls'. As my husband said, "There is a lot in there that we need to hear every day".

  • Shari
    2019-03-27 00:11

    I learned how to (or how to try to) control the "FleshWoman" in me. This is by far the best book I've read about ME - ME the woman; not me the mom, me the wife, me the parent, me the (fill in the blank) but just about me the woman. I did read it slowly to allow the chapters to digest before moving on. It's a deep, spiritual, biblical read. I loved it! It wasn't superficial, nor did I feel guilty or at fault for my failures as a woman (You know ladies - not doing it "all" so to speak)Many things I read and learned in this book has stuck with me. There is a small 'study guide' in the back of the book. I did not do that. I've been saying I'll read it again doing the guide next time but I've just not had a chance to do that.

  • Gala
    2019-03-27 21:58

    To me this book was an ugly look at the inside of the heart which is a person's thoughts. Sometimes looking at this heart and realizing that change must happen to keep fellowship with God is difficult.I want to take care of my own problems,but God wants us to depend on him with our ability. I like this writer, Joanna Weaver, the way she writes to the reader, as if, she is having coffee in the living room with you.

  • Jodi
    2019-04-01 22:56

    I think I would have given this book 5 stars if I had read it with a group of ladies together because discussing the ideas in the book with others would have made it more memorable in my mind. With that being said, this book was still a good reminder for addressing what I need to work on and how to keep growing in my faith. I do need to be better about know scripture so that these truths are in my heart in my deepest times of need. I liked the point to guard my heart against things that are not good for me - funny thing is I have been telling my tween daughter the same thing as she finds friends who are not "true" to her. I like the comment - "Guard your heart! Whatever you allow into your life will eventually be revealed - both the good and the bad! So true! Also loved reading that a "quiet and gentle spirit is a heart free from fear." As I have grown in my faith that is so much of want I desire for me and for my family! Reading this also reaffirmed forgiveness for others - not so much for them but for my heart and my freedom to enjoy life. I love how by forgiving others will help my soul to avoid "shriveling." I can grow "bigger" by forgiving others and this will open up so much for me. I also liked the comment "Forgiveness is a love offering we pour out before the Lord - an act of gratitude" and "Love keeps no records of wrongs." The comment to "keep still" in times of trouble was also comforting and a thought I need to remember because I tend to get all aflutter rather than staying calm - be still and trust in the Lord! The final thought I liked in the book was "the simple fact that I have an opinion doesn't mean I have to share it!" Sigh - I need to remember that the next time I get truly angry! Good ideas to try to make myself a kind and helpful person.

  • Becca
    2019-03-24 01:11

    My sister and I worked through this book together and learned a lot about ourselves and our place in the world as Christian women. What I love so much about this book is how down to earth the author is and how honest she is with her readers. She doesn't preach to us from the standpoint of a "perfect Christian woman," she is still finding her way just like we are- I love that! Each chapter is accompanied by questions and bible verses that help readers dig deeper as they work through topics from dealing with their flesh women to becoming women who wear Jesus. We all deal with worldly temptations, but we can all use the qualities of Christ to be the women God wants us to be.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-09 23:50

    Having a Mary Spirit is an excellent read for women (since it's aimed at women) who desire a closer walk with Christ. One of my prayers that I like to keep going - since it's the prayer God always answers, no matter what (!) - is for God to remove anything about me that He doesn't like. Believe me when I say that if you don't mean that, then absolutely do not pray for it; it's like the one prayer that 100% of the time God has always answered.Anyway, there was one thing about this book that I strongly disliked, and I'm sure some readers would disagree. There are several instances where the author has long paragraphs describing what she said the Lord had spoken to her personally. First off, I have a strong aversion to anything having to do with Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. When people take the Lord's words and use them as their own as though God is speaking directly to you, I don't know, I just feel like that is not right, especially in the way it is used in Jesus Calling. The way that the author said the Lord spoke to her in Having a Mary Spirit had me feeling kind of the same. At one point, she gave the Lord a twang. Do I believe God speaks to people? Oh, absolutely! But this most often occurs through His word. So, her having full paragraphs of the Lord speaking to her had me thinking it was more of an impression that God gave her and not God directly speaking those words to her. I thought it would have been better if she had written that was what God taught her, etc. instead of what He directly spoke to her. Me nitpicking, but it did bother me quite a bit every time it came up.The reference to the "flesh woman" and the mention of Twanda, got a little old for me as well.This book is really for anyone who wants to change. You know there are certain things holding you back in your life, and that God would like to remove. Having a Mary Spirit really lays out, in a beautiful way, how that can take place and what we can do to allow God to transform us through the Holy Spirit. It may sound grueling, but this was just an excellent read. I was dealing with some bitterness and things going in to this read (that have been so hard to get rid of), and this book helped me have a better perspective. There were some really excellent quotes from various books the author read that meant something in her life, and I'm seriously going to copy her list and see if I can read some of them. For those interested, some versions of this book (not sure if it is every version) also include a Bible study at the back. Overall: definitely worth a reread; I got a lot out of this book

  • Christabelle
    2019-04-16 22:10

    I hate to admit, I needed this book. I need the reminder that I am prone to sin, that He must increase that I might decrease. I don’t know that these things are always the easiest to hear, but I’m not going to refuse the medication the Lord portions out.

  • Linnea
    2019-03-23 00:06

    Things to watch out for:a competitive spirita controlling spirita contentious spirita discontented spiritp. 45The baptism of love the New Testament church experienced after the Spirit's coming was unlike anything the world had ever seen. People set aside time daily just to be together, to eat and laugh and sing and worship God. When someone was in need, others sold their possessions - without being asked! - so the needy person could be helped. Slave or free, Jew or Gentile, or even a complete stranger - everyone had a place in God's family. When pagan observers were asked to describe the early church, their oft quoted comment was "Behold, how they love each other!"p. 51"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another"John 13:35Being Led1. Tune your heart to His voice2. Mind the checks (if you feel doubt, wait and do nothing)3. Test the message (against scripture)4. Watch for repetition5. Take the next step6. Beware the Spirit's withdrawal7. Ask for and expect wisdomThe only type of self-examination, according to Smith: "For one look at self, take ten looks at Christ."p. 84Yes to Little ThingsSaying yes to inconvenience so someone else might be blessed.Saying yes to a backseat role though we're fully qualified to drive.Saying yes to doing the unseen, the unnoticed, and the underappreciated.Saying yes to overlooking faults and inconsiderate slights.Saying yes to patient listening though there's much to do and more to say.Saying yes to chores others should rightfully do.Saying yes when we'd rather say no.Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. Luke 16:10p. 1025 Rs for Managing (harmful) thoughts1. Recognize (as defamatory, selfish, accusing, confusing, etc.)2. Refuse to accept it as own - don't dwell on it3. Reckon yourself dead to teh power of sin (Romans 6:7, Colossians 3:5)4. Rest in knowing that you are in Christ and He is in you.5. Remind yourself of who you are in christ, dust ourself off...You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you. Isaiah 26:3p. 118Afraid (Pslam 27:1)Overwhelmed (2 Corinthians 12:9)Running Away (Romans 14:4)Threatened (Psalm 7:1)Betrayed (Deut 31:6)Confused (James 1:5)Angry (James 1:19-20)Depressed (Psalm 40:2)Unloved (Jer 31:3-4)Phil 4:8p. 114-115Avoiding the Shriveled Soul SyndromeAvoid gossipRelease bitternessTake risksTrustDon't live for "stuff"Master your appetitesGrow deepBe generousThink globallyp. 156-157How to Forgive1. Make the choice2. Find a faithful friend3. Bless, don't curse4. Keep no record of wrongs5. Bring it all to GodBear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.Colossians 3:13-14Putting Off the Old and Putting On the Newstop rationalizingapply strategybe realisticbe encouragedstart todayp. 224-225

  • Lisa
    2019-04-09 19:55

    This book had such good reviews but I sort of feel like I could have gotten the jest of the book by reading the very thorough and glowing reviews. This book might be good for a women's Bible study. I read about 85% of the book. I kept looking for some real practical how-to's. The ideas seemed, well, simplistic. I guess I was looking for something deeper. And I did not connect with her humor. But, as I mentioned, others loved the book and said one woman said it was her favorite of all time and that she'd read it again. So I might be missing something. Good comment: we want to be conformed to Christ's image but not challenged in her chapter on training and discipline. I did really appreciate this quote from Andrew Murray and sent it to friends.Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder about nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord where I can go in where I can go in and shut the door and knee to my Father in secret and to be at peace in a deep sea of calmness when all around and above there is trouble.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-23 19:50

    After having read Joanna's first book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" {AMAZING!!} years ago, I couldn't wait to read her next book in her series. Our Martha desire to have a more Mary-like attitude and spirit instead of our react-first-think-later fleshly attitude that generally rules. Here Joanna Weaver takes you step by step teaching you how God can give you a holy makeover from the inside out. Joanna's devotional writing style gives practical insight and guidance for daily living and allowing the Lord to change your heart. A study guide is included in the back for help in digging deeper spiritually.

  • Missy Parker
    2019-03-21 00:58

    This is an excellent book, that has really challenged me in several areas of my life. I really relate to the author as I am very much like her in my personality and challenges. The chapter on forgiveness was really excellent as well as the parts about fear. It has been a slow read for me as the Lord puts His finger on different areas in my life. I have realized that change is totally impossible apart from abiding in Christ--the change just happens as a result of that. I am experiencing victory and rest in my life...praise the Lord!

  • Hart
    2019-03-24 00:50

    Every woman should read!

  • Leanne
    2019-03-29 17:50

    Not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Gave up 50 pages in.

  • Anita
    2019-04-03 00:08

    It is a book on self help to be more like Christ and less of me. I feel it has some revelatory concept and is excellent on the subject. This is a "rubber meets the road" kind of book for every Christian Believer that is serious about God. It was a book timely for me as I was dealing with an area, that I needed God to change in me. And after reading it, coupled with the Lord's timing, I am changed from the inside out in this area of God's choosing to deal with in me. I lead a group of about 5-8 women in a Ladies Weekly Bible Study and it is an excellent book to do a group or do it individually.So if you feel God is wanting to change some "inside" things in you, this is the book you want to read. I am sure if you are serious and apply the principals, after doing so, you will be a changed person and much more like Christ, than before you began.

  • Christina
    2019-04-20 00:12

    I thought this book would be very similar to Joanna Weaver's first book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" (after all, the title is almost the same). This one does start out with some basic Christian background, which is perfect for a new Christian. But it also has some more depth in the later chapters. My only problem in this book is the author uses one conflict in her life over and over again in numerous examples. It seemed a bit repetitive, but it was applicable several different ways.The material I found most interesting was on personal change as the Holy Spirit takes a greater place in your life. There are discussion/scripture look up questions in the back, so this is perfect for a small group Bible study.

  • Yolanda
    2019-03-30 00:16

    One of the best bible studies I’ve done in a long time.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-24 20:07

    Life-changing book! Weaver walks you through the process of transforming from being burdened by your sin to true freedom in Christ.

  • Donna Thomas
    2019-03-29 02:08

    this book is excellent. It really opens your eyes to the flesh and gives scripture to change if you really want to. God is waiting to help bring us closer to him.

  • Brenda Lanz
    2019-04-03 21:02

    Always a great reminder of what is important and simple truths to follow

  • Dee
    2019-03-26 19:11

    This is a excellent Book. I learned a lot about myself and my relationship with God. I am going to 're-read it. Lots of scripture reference.

  • Lacey
    2019-04-13 21:00

    Wonderful devotional book. It has been a long time since I've read a book that has captured me in this way. Would recommend it to others and will definitely be a book that I would read again. The author is honest about her walk with the Lord, the highs and lows of her faith, the refining of her character to be more like Christ. Some cheesy parts but for the most part just really honest and insightful.

  • Carol
    2019-04-14 18:57

    I don't even know how long it's been since I finished a book!!! Two months, I suppose. I read another book by this author, "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World," and it was very good and I wanted more of the same. A few of the chapters were not as interesting as the first book, maybe even a little too cliche like if there is such a phrase. The good chapters (totally subjective, of course) made up for it, however. Alot was said about Flesh Woman (the natural man's bride, I guess). We all battle flesh woman. She is described as living inside all of us. She's that contrary, rebellious, incredibly self centered version of you who shows up when things don't go the way you planned and life seems habitually unfair (that would be most of the time, I suppose. "I must warn you, however, that on the surface Flesh Woman doesn't always appear so bad. Instead of wearing leather and tattos, my Flesh Woman prefers lace and carefully coiffured hair. She goes to great lengths to be respectable because she feeds on people's praise and applause. You see, Flesh Woman doesn't need dark alleys and smoky bars to work her worst. I'm discovering she may flourish most in religious surroundings, carefully disguised in church-lady clothes."There is some confusion, however, in the author's mind as to how the principle of grace lets Flesh Woman stick around. I would love to explain that to her.My favorite (translate: most needed) chapter is titled "A Fearless Beauty" and, yes, deals with fear. "It's fear that makes us do those slightly crazy, often inappropriate things. Fear that blurts out thoughtless, sometimes hurtful words. Because fear babbles. It freaks out. It searches frantically for explanations and solutions. It races around trying to fix things or, at the very least, figure things out. It fusses and fidgets, messes and obsesses. Fear sews togehter fig leaves to cover our inadequacies and paints bright smiles to hide our tears. It builds makeshift shelters and puts on far too much makeup. It forces us to hide behind facades simply because we don't know what else to do."I could quote alot of that chapter because I was freaking out about a problem that was easier to freak out about that just to quietly trust in the Lord to gently almost imperceptibly but quite literally see me through. This chapter brought me back to the reality of trusting the Lord in my specific need not just in a general,academic sort of way. This book was a great spiritual springboard to meditation upon where I am and what I lack spriritually and confidence that I can wrestle down that darn Flesh Woman who would have me fear! A definite worth while read.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-31 22:09

    I found this book to be a challenging and very worthwhile read. This quote from the book cover well describes the struggle that I, the author, and I expect many others go through on a daily basis - "At our very core, every one of us is a "twisted sister" within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our "good girl" desire to put Jesus first and our "bad girl" realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way". So often we think that we don't need daily Bible study or daily prayer and that we don't need to attend worship and Bible study groups in order to follow the teachings of Jesus, but without them the "bad girl" parts of our personalities and characters often take over. I appreciated the honesty of this author in telling about her own struggles with pride, conceit, and the longing to be 'right' and 'in charge' of various projects or events in her life, and the importance of realizing that God has a plan and we must prayerfully submit to Him. I liked Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World, but personally found this book much more stimulating for me. I am looking forward to seeing what The Lazarus Awakening brings to me.Thanks Joanna Weaver for persisting in your book writing even when that "twisted sister" of yours kept putting roadblocks in your way. God bless you in your life.

  • Anna
    2019-03-27 17:51

    The author does very well when sharing other writer's words and stories and there are break through moments here. That said, it's a depressing read in some ways- I can't relate to this woman very much and I don't especially like her advice. Being Godly doesn't mean stifling your nature but growing into who God wants you to be. Chapter 14 was troubling. A Woman who calls another stupid in the name of 'Speaking the truth in love' is not chastised but praised and there's a sense that love means telling people mean, judgmental things. No thanks- not my idea of Godly love. There's a lot of emphasis throughout the book on shame. To me that is really backward and not affirming. I do like the study guides and the use of readings throughout but I don't think this is a very strong book. It's a bit fundamentalist in the understanding of Scripture as well without taking context and history into consideration when recounting certain passages. A nice book in many ways but only if read with some reserve.

  • Laura Beasley
    2019-04-20 00:15

    I read this book for my Bible Study. It was the second book by this author we read. A great book and so many wonderful life lessons. The book really spoke to me . I learned more about turning away from " flesh woman" and trying to be the person God wants me to be, God wants to make me a new woman and this book gives you the stores and guidance to do this. It will not be easy and there will be mistakes and times I take steps backwards but God is forgiving and will continue to be there for me. Joanna Weaver is entertaining but also has a wonderful message. She puts her message on a level I can relate to. Learning how to have a makeover - from the inside out.

  • Carla Still
    2019-03-22 20:59

    A wonderfully written book! Better than "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." Joanna Weaver encourages and inspires us to experience the gradual transformation through daily living and obedience. Through daily obedience can God change us and get us from where we are to where He wants us to be. There is not one quote that sums up the book. The whole book is great. She supplements her writing with other great writers throughout time and sub-articles that enhance the content. This is another book that I will review often to remind me of God's process in me.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-13 21:01

    This is a wonderful book full of practical information for daily living of the Christian life. Joanna Weaver shares from her own experiences, including failure and success. She is very open and transparent. We used this for a study in my Sunday School class, and I think we all identified often with the struggles discussed in this book. I recommend it for all Christian women, and it is good for a group study.

  • Your Highness
    2019-03-28 19:53

    This book was almost a 'must' to follow the previous one (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World)....but it is just as enriching as a book and study by itself. Joanna Weaver continues to provide practical insights and advice to help the reader draw yet a little closer to the Savior. Even though the book contains a study guide I would recommend getting the separate study guide, or better yet, get the DVD pack by the same name. It makes an excellent companion for individual or group study!

  • Cindy
    2019-04-09 20:03

    Joanna Weaver has beautiful insights and plenty of take away tools to help you have a Mary Spirit. I have been allowed to study many works on grace and healing that this book just didn't surprise me with the insights or help tools. Not saying that this book is bad, it's not; I am just saying I have heard many of these advice tips. I really like Joanna Weaver's writing style and will read more of her works in the future. I Give this book 3.5 stars.

  • Rachel Q
    2019-03-24 18:13

    I have read this book twice now and have loaned it out and recommended it to many different ladies in my church. I love Joanna's writing style and how she digs in deep with scripture, bringing out solid Truth and encouragement to live a life of loving Jesus better. This is a great practical book with very applicable applications in moving forward in our journey with Jesus. I highly recommend this book!