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(Review) Having A Mary Spirit: Allowing God To Change Us From The Inside Out by Joanna Weaver

Publication Date: 2006.
Publisher: WaterBrook Press.
Genre: Nonfiction, spiritual growth.
Pages: 297.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

The book includes a 23 page companion Bible study, a "Journaling Your Transformation," and "Memorizing Scripture" section.

Summary:
"Having a Mary Spirit is about our attitude toward what God wants to do in our lives. The spirit behind our response to Him makes all the difference." Page 8.
"Having a Mary Spirit is meant to show us how to give God access to the deep, hidden corners of our hearts." Page 8.

God works in our lives to build maturity. Our inner person is where He works in His Spirit, changing us from the inside out, in order to reflect His Spirit living in us, and as a testimony of His grace, and for our sanctification.
Examples of women in the Bible are explored: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth.
Examples of chapters: toxic thoughts, getting rid of bitterness, loving instead of tearing others down, the problem of pride, and temptation,

My Thoughts:
My favorite chapter in Having a Mary Spirit is chapter eleven: Rooting Out Bitterness. There were several teachings I needed to hear.

  • "Hurt and disappointment" will "become resentment" and "bitterness." "Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." Page 153. 
  • The focus is on "what I'm supposed to do" not on the offender. Page 154. 
  • Refusing to forgive is like making our self a god. Page 155.  
  • A graphic showing the "Shriveled Soul Syndrome." Page 156-157.
  • Steps to forgive. Page 159-166.
For the toxic root of bitterness poisons every area of our lives, leaving our hearts small and shriveled. Unable to give or receive love because we've chosen to hold on to our pain rather than give it to God. Page 157. 
We don't always have control over the recollections that arise in our minds. But we do have control over whether we will dwell on those memories and allow them to grow into a bitter root of lingering resentment. Page 165.
My second favorite chapter is eight, "Mind Control." In this chapter Weaver discusses the battle that goes on in our minds, toxic thoughts, the assault of fear, the victim mentality, a graphic showing "What I know, Not What I Feel," and reprogramming with God's Word.

Having A Mary Spirit and Lazarus Awakening-both by Joanna Weaver, have been in my TBR pile for a few years. Both books are excellent. They are organized well; and teach with clarity and grace.

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