Mary, Martha, And Me:Seeking the One Thing That Is Needful

Mary Martha And Me Seeking the One Thing That Is Needful When someone says She is a Martha type we know just what that means a woman who is practical competent down to earth We understand that Marthas are certainly useful and necessary but it s usually

  • Title: Mary, Martha, And Me:Seeking the One Thing That Is Needful
  • Author: Camille Fronk Olson
  • ISBN: 9781590385470
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When someone says, She is a Martha type, we know just what that means a woman who is practical, competent, down to earth We understand that Marthas are certainly useful and necessary, but it s usually Mary that gets the halo Author Camille Fronk Olson brings unique insights and perspectives to the biblical story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who serve Jesus in diffWhen someone says, She is a Martha type, we know just what that means a woman who is practical, competent, down to earth We understand that Marthas are certainly useful and necessary, but it s usually Mary that gets the halo Author Camille Fronk Olson brings unique insights and perspectives to the biblical story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who serve Jesus in different ways Exploring the mixed messages in daily life, she discusses the motives and focus that determine our choices and the problem of comparing our gifts and contributions to others In her warm, engaging style, the author brings to light the lessons Mary and Martha learn from each other and the one thing that is needful for both.

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    1. Wow! I'm so happy I read this book! The story of Martha and Mary has always been difficult for me - because I feel like (as the mom) I am more like Martha and I've always thought she got worked for doing what she had to do - make dinner! This book gave me answers and perspective and NOW I get it.My favorite "ah-ha" moments from the book -First of all, Christ never says Mary has chosen the BETTER part. He just says she has chosen that good part. I swear I've always heard the word better in there. [...]

    2. I really needed the lessons and wisdom in this little volume. Being a dyed in the wool perfectionist (though I've spent most of my life trying to overcome that) I know what it feels like to be cumbered, to be careful and troubled about many things. Camille Fronk Olson delves into the biblical story of Mary and Martha with remarkable scriptural insight helping the reader to come full circle--as Martha did-- to realize that the "one needful thing" is indeed Christ. Beautiful, thought-provoking, in [...]

    3. This is one of those books that took a lot of concepts I already knew and understood and reorganized them to introduce an idea I had not grasped yet. there were a lot of "ah-hah!" moments. I love the argument that, all-in-all, Mary and Martha both served Christ with their own talents and that (besides wanting Mary to be forced to serve how she did) they complimented each other very well. It introduced a different twist on service to me and finding that "one needful thing".

    4. Really insightful book detailing Martha and Mary of Bethany. Camille Fronk Olson shows that this story is not really about which sister was *better* but about looking at our own lives and aligning ourselves with Christ -- He is "the One Thing that is needful.""Only when we forget ourselves, what others think of us, and how others' service compares to our efforts can we appreciate and internalize the one needful thing. Only when efforts are motivated by love and selflessness can His peace and gra [...]

    5. I appreciated Camille Fronk Olson's interpretations of the Mary/Martha stories from the New Testament. She touched upon themes that I had considered in relation to these stories. The idea that affected me most is that Martha's complaint to the Savior about Mary was essentially a comparison between the ways the sisters loved and served the Savior. There is so much comparison between women of the church, it's important to remember that the Lord accepts our sacrifices and our service in whatever wa [...]

    6. Many reviewers on have completely missed the point of this book: it's not Mary OR Martha's BOTH. Sometimes we will be more like Martha, sometimes we will be more like Mary. We have times and seasons in our lives that require different things from us. This is a very simple concept, so the effort to make a whole book from this notion was ridiculous to me from the get go. Overall I thought this book was boring and repetitive. The topic of how do we center our lives on Christ and make time for othe [...]

    7. I'm always grateful after picking up & reading a scriptural commentary such as this for the focus it brings to my personal study. That said, I felt that the first chapter of this book could have made an insightful pamphlet or booklet. It was sufficient to prod me into further study of the scriptures and ask a few questions I had not considered before. The remainder of the book I skimmed, as it felt like Olson was carrying on & on about the same things. I preferred being left to my own th [...]

    8. I enjoyed this book--especially better understanding the historical context in which the Mary and Martha story happened. I took notes and learned to better understand not only the importance of my own contribution, but the contributions of those around me as well.

    9. This book is really short. The author provides really good insights to the biblical story which help the reader ponder about how it connects to themselves.

    10. great book as we all seem to identify with Mary/Martha and that is not the point of this book. It's about finding the ONE - Christ in our lives. My favorite quotes below:"our personal vineyards become lofty and produce strange fruits when we polish only the outer vessel of our lives and allow the inner to rot away." pg. 34"some things--the essential things--we cannot do ourselves. We must let go and allow Christ to come to us." pg. 37"too often, however spiritual nourishment is swallowed up in t [...]

    11. I am impressed that someone could write 124 pages on the three times Mary and Martha of Bethany are mentioned in the New Testament. I read this book because I was asked to write questions for a church book discussion (questions below if anyone wants to use them).The author points out that she always thought that Jesus told Martha that Mary chose the 'better' part. She points out that there is no comparison offered by Jesus between the sisters. Just that "Mary hath chosen that good part". [pg. 7: [...]

    12. This was a wonderful book because it helped me think about my priorities, why I do the things I do, and how I can be better. I have often thought about the Mary and Martha story and even thought about who I would be in the story. At certain times and situations in my life I have been Mary, but I think I more often see myself as Martha. The ideas from this book helped me gain new insights about the importance of each and really focusing on the "one thing" that is "needful" and choosing the "good [...]

    13. The take home message from this book is that Mary and Martha have different gifts and focuses yet each found the "one thing" that is needful. Mary wasn't better than Martha. Martha's service wasn't less than Mary's yearning for learning. The thing that is needful is Christ. I love that. I only have he book 3 stars though because that is all explained in the into and then I felt like the rest was kinda fluff to back it up.

    14. This was a sweet, little book that I read in a few days. I loved the message that it left for me: for Mary and Martha there was "One needful thing," which was Christ. And it is the same for me, and for everyone. We all need the ONE, the Savior of the World.The other message of the book was to clear up the "conflict" between Martha and Mary. We always get the impression that Martha had chosen a bad part since we were told that Mary chose "that good part." But reading this book helped me understan [...]

    15. This book explains more in-depth Luke 10: 38-42, the story of Mary and Martha's different ways of serving of the Savior. The author, Camille Fronk Olson, offers a very well-put look at how Martha wasn't in the wrong, how the scriptures never say that Martha's way of active works of service is worse than Mary's listening works of service- they just say Mary chose that good part. The good part being putting God first. Both are good ways to serve--Here are some parts I particularly liked and record [...]

    16. This was a quick read by Camille Fronk Olson (an LDS writer of Mormon women-centric books. It focuses on the lessons she has learned from studying Mary and Martha (the Bible people) and comparing them with her late larger-than-life "Martha"-ish Grandma. It is an interesting read, and she brings up some really nice points. A lot of times I realized things that I can apply to my own life and how I approach the Savior (this is the main thrust of the book). However, I really don't like how Olson int [...]

    17. The book starts out with "How can you be 'anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of [your:] own free will' and also 'be still and know that [He is:] God'? How do you apply the counsel 'reduce and simplify' when Church commitments compete with home responsibilities most nights of the week? How do you choose 'less' when 'more' is so easily acquired and publicly applauded?" Then, the book goes on to use the story of Mary and Martha to answer these questions along with some others.It [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit behind in my self-imposed reading schedule (a cross somewhere between a Martha-like "to-do" list and a Mary-like desire to learn). This book was an easy read which made it really easy to catch up. :)The main focus of this book is that the most important thing we can do in our lives is come unto Christ. That path is different for each person. I loved the insights I gained from this book. Had anyone asked me to quote the scripture, I would have said that Jes [...]

    19. new perspective. When I would read this story in the bible, I always wondered what was so bad about martha. was she really that far off?. in fact, I could relate to her desire to put on a good meal for jesus, not to mention the fact that she probably had 50 guest at her house that day. but reading this book I gained a new appreciation for the lesson jesus was trying to teach her. she was filling her life with so many good things, that she was forgetting the most important thing, maybe her motiva [...]

    20. This was a very insightful book into the scriptural story of Mary and Martha. I definitely lean more towards being a Martha, but the point of this book is that we shouldn't compare ourselves with each other or judge each other for the ways that we serve. We all need to choose "the one thing that is needful", which is to serve Christ. Two quotes from this book really jumped out at me: "Jesus never requires that we choose one or the other: household duties or gospel study. Daily life requires our [...]

    21. Oh how I wished to be a Mary and yet knew, I was a Martha. I wanted to go to church and just absorb the message and feel the spirit, but I couldn't help noticing how wiggily my kids were and how I should really repack my church bag and bring better snacks for the munchkins next week and maybe I should slip out of Sacrament meeting early to straighten up the Primary Room before the kids arrived. Yep - I was a Martha. This lovely book helped me realize that I could have both. I didn't have to comp [...]

    22. I really, really enjoyed the first chapter of this but found myself a little taken aback by the many assumptions made about the story. It felt like over-analyzing and perhaps even "wresting" the scriptures. I also dislike how the author polarizes the two figures. I'm sure there was a LOT more to both Mary and Martha than just the few accounts in the scriptures and so to assume that Martha was always the "worker" and Mary the "still, reflective" one is just wrong.I do love how she points out that [...]

    23. This book sat on my shelf for a couple of years before I needed to come up with something to talk about at a Relief Society Board Meeting, so I started by just flipping through it. I am so glad I did! It gave new insight and understanding on my role as a woman. It also helped me understand and respect women more for the choices that they make. I love this book and recommend buying your own copy so you can mark it up with notes! It is so thought provoking. I think I ended up underlining most of t [...]

    24. I thought this book was interesting in how it expanded upon the whole Mary, Martha story and I think the author had some great insights about the two sisters and how they showed their devotion to Christ. I realized that it's not necessarily a bad thing to be a "Martha" as long as we come unto Christ. I definitely now look at the whole story in the New Testament in a different light. She had lots of scriptures and prophetic quotes to backup her ideas which is always good. I didnt particularly lik [...]

    25. I received this book out of my Grandmother's things after she passed away in December. There are notes and highlighted passages throughout and it was a very tender experience reading throgh and seeing what had special meaning for her. She must have recommended this book often because there's an inscription in front that I love that says, "Please do not borrow this book - I have purchased 10 of them now and this new copy is my only one. - Irene" The author has some beautiful insights into the sto [...]

    26. I thought this book was well informed and brought out some interesting scriptural insights. That being said, the author does make some assumptions about each woman which may or may not be accurate. This really doesn't bother me because I do the same thing with my historical research, since you can only work with the information that is left for you. There was some polarization of the women in this book, but it is not nearly as extreme as anything I've come across. I was impressed with her person [...]

    27. I took a New Testament course from Camille Fronk in college, and I remember her making some key points about Christ's visit to Mary and Martha in Bethany. I enjoyed reading her insights and felt uplifted after reading it. There are only eight chapters, so it's a quick read, and I'd recommend this as a good gift for mothers/mothers-in-law and for women in general. Sister Fronk, as I knew her then, was one of my favorite religion professors. This book reveals how much can be learned from a few ver [...]

    28. I have noticed that most woman (all in my bookclub and many who have commented) say they "are a Martha". Do we really not have any Marys? If this is so, are we misunderstanding something?I like the story for what it teaches. I like what it can mean for me. I do not like overgeneralizations and assumptions.I think the part that elicited the most pondering for me was the perfectionism verses pride. People seem to boast perfectionism, yet, this author suggest that perfectionism is pride. I think pe [...]

    29. Over all, I kept wondering where this book was going to get to some point. That's the 2 starts. However, I finally found my point at the last 2 chapters, thus they get 3 stars. The scriptural preface for this book is the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke, chapter 10 verses 38-42. The meaning for me was in Chapter 7 Priorities: Putting God First and Chapter 8 Wait Upon The Lord.Once I started reading these chapters I realized this was what I was needing and waiting perhaps hoping to find.Now [...]

    30. This book explores the incidents involving Mary and Martha in the New Testament. I really enjoyed the close look at these scriptures and the author's take on the progress you see in Martha in the 3 stories she is mentioned in. Very interesting and insightful. On the downside, I thought the author rambled a lot and spent too much time making a point when she had said it perfectly the first time. Learned something though, and I'm glad I read it. There are definately some golden nuggets of informat [...]

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