Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae

Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul
Get your home and your heart in order in just 31 days!Sarah Mae wants to let you in on a little secret about being a good homemaker: It's not about having a clean house. She'd never claim to be a natural, organized cleaner herself--yet, like you, she wants a beautiful space to call home, a place where people feel loved and at peace. Where people can really settle in with good food, comfy pillows, and wide-open hearts.Is it possible to find a balance? To care for your heart--and your home--at the same time?Journey with Sarah Mae on this easy, practical 31-day plan to get you moving and have your house looking and feeling fresh. But even more than that, you'll gain a new vision for the home of your dreams, and how to make it a place of peace, comfort, and community. Originally published as the e-book "31 Days to Clean" and now revised and expanded in print for the first time, "Having a Martha Home the Mary Way" will inspire you to find a happier, healthier . . . "cleaner" way to live.
Writing
This was my first book by Sarah Mae and I was thrilled to find a new Christian author who writes super practical books that aren't necessarily all about Christianity, but about living regular life as a Christian, if that makes sense.  I've been on a huge housekeeping kick this year, trying to get and keep things in order and live like an adult - and this book gave me some of my best inspiration since Spark Joy.  The chapters are super short, but have a lot of encouragement and great advice on keeping your home and spirit in order.

Entertainment Value
It was a pleasure to read, which is a high compliment from me for a book that had a lot of parenting talk in it.  One of my biggest issues with Christian Women's Non-Fiction is that if it isn't about waiting for a husband, it's about being a mom.  Where are the books for women who are happily not married or don't have kids?  Anyway, I figured this one would contain a certain amount of mom-specific advice, and it did, but it was done in a way that I was still able to relate to.  I didn't feel like there was anything that just out and out did not apply to me and was a waste of my time to read.  Instead, I was able to find pieces of each chapter that worked for me.

Overall
This is one that'll be hanging around on my shelf.  First of all, it's pretty to look at.  Second of all, it has some great ideas.  And it was just fun to read and easy to relate to.  I definitely recommend it for those who think they'd enjoy a spiritual take on domestic life that doesn't get too heavy-handed.  And the best idea I gleaned?  Mae recommends cleaning your floors on your hands and knees with a scrub brush rather than a mop.  After nearly six years of unsatisfactory mopping I gave it a try and LOOK AT MY FLOOR!  It's a NEW FLOOR!  This alone is reason enough to recommend the book:


Thanks to Tyndale Blog Network for providing me with a copy to review!

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