Monthly Archives: February 2012

Getting Back on Track

I am two weeks behind on my Mary and Martha reading.  I did finish The Hunger Games trilogy and really enjoyed all three books.  I love reading a series all the way through without having to stop and wait for the next book to be published.  I did the same thing with the Harry Potter series.  I started reading the books after they were all published, so I could read straight through.  I definitely get addicted to books like that and once I start I don’t stop for anything!

Non-Fiction is a lot harder for me to read but I am going to try and get back on track with Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.  The chapter for this week is called Kitchen Service and it is quite long.  This chapter makes me think of the song “They’ll know we are Christians by our love”.  Weaver offers a lot of examples of Christian service and stories of people serving God in their own way.  She also talks about the excuses we make to avoid service opportunities that come our way.  She quotes a passage from a book called Love Adds a Little Chocolate by Linda Andersen.

“Duty can pack an adequate sack lunch, but love may decide to enclose a little love note inside… Obligation sends the children to be on time, but love tucks the covers in around their neks and passes out kisses and hugs (even to teenagers!) … Duty gets offended quickly if it isn’t appreciated, but love learns to laugh a lot and to work for the sheer joy of doing it.  Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often, love adds a little chocolate.”

This passage alone makes this chapter worth reading.  I hope it is encouraging to other moms as well.  We can be in service just by the way that we take care of our families as long as we are doing it with love.  I just have to remember this while washing dishes and folding laundry each week.  I think I need to check out Linda Andersen’s book as well.

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The Hunger Games

Well, it’s Friday evening and it is just now hitting me that I completely forgot to write about the next chapter in my Mary and Martha book.  I will have to catch up next week because this week I was completely preoccupied with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  From everything I had heard about this book, I was expecting it to be a futuristic novel like Fahrenheit 451 or Super Sad True Love Story.  I was pleasantly surprised.

The story takes place in the future, but the emphasis is not really on technology.  There are definitely hints of futuristic technology, but Collins doesn’t beat you over the head with it.  There is a corrupt government which is the driving force behind “the games”, but the real focus is on the characters.  The plot sucks you in right away and the characters are convincing. I don’t want to give away too many details for anyone who has not read this book, but I was impressed by some of the plot twists.

This is definitely young adult fiction.  It is an easy and quick read and the main characters are young teenagers, but I think the story still appeals to adults.  It has hints of Romeo and Juliet, but not enough to make me gag.  The biggest let down for me was finishing the book, and then logging into the library catalog to find that book two in the trilogy has a waiting list that is 42 people long.  I may have to buy the trilogy for my kindle this weekend.

I should point out that I loved Fahrenheit 451, but was glad that this book was different.  I hope all of the teenagers who are reading The Hunger Games trilogy are also still reading Fahrenheit 451.   The teacher in me would also like them to write a paper comparing and contrasting the two stories.  🙂

Quiet Time

Chapter five of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World discusses ways people try to find intimacy with God as well as ways to avoid intimacy with God.  Weaver also brings up the idea of a “God-shaped hole”.  This is Christian lingo for the emptiness we feel when we don’t have God in our lives or when we try to substitute something else in His place.

One of my favorite things about this chapter is that Weaver gives practical applications for the ideas she is presenting.  I am not normally a fan of “Christian living” type books because I am left wondering, “now what?”  There is so much information, but not a lot of practical teaching on how to apply it to your life.  If I remember correctly from my first read of this book, Weaver has ideas like this throughout the book.  This week’s application is for spending quiet time with God.  She suggests having an area in your house dedicate to this time, but this is not practical for everyone so she offers alternatives.  My favorite is the suggestion to make a basket with a Bible, a devotional, and some note cards.  You can stash this anywhere and pull it out for some quiet time.  I like it because it is small and portable.  It doesn’t limit you to one place in your house.  I also love the idea of including note cards.  What a blessing it would be to receive a note from a friend who is praying for you.  And we are talking about real mail, not e-mail!  There is something special about a hand-written note, but that seems to be a dying art.

I would like to challenge all of my readers out there.  If God puts someone on your heart this week, send them a note saying that you are praying for them.

There is a ton of good information in this chapter, but I don’t want this to turn into a summary of the book.  I focused on one small point that I enjoyed.  If anyone else out there is reading with me, I would love to hear what you took from this chapter.  If you aren’t reading this book, you can let me know if you are taking the challenge to send someone a note or if you have a tip on how you make time for God despite your busy schedule.  In other words, I want to hear from you! 🙂