Having a Martha Home the Mary Way – Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In her book, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way, Sarah Mae adds scripture to her cleaning suggestions to show you can care for your heart and your home at the same time, to create a home filled with serenity amid the mess and chaos.

Each chapter opens with an anecdote followed by a Mary Challenge to encourage you to spend time with God. After that is the Martha Challenge. This is where you set about cleaning.

In this 31-day plan to get your house in order, Sarah offers guidelines to break rooms in the house into tasks to be completed over either one day, or several. She encourages enlisting your children in the process. She emphasizes organizing and reducing clutter as key to a welcoming home.

While I did not find anything new to help me maintain a clean home, I did find the addition of scripture references a unique aspect of Having a Martha Home the Mary Way.

The most important takeaway from this book that I hope to apply to my life is this: Create a Six List every night before bed. The “Six List” which originated in the 1920s by Ivy Lee for Charles Schwab, the president of Bethlehem Steel, is designed to increase productivity. On this list write down the top six things you need to accomplish the next day. Then go systematically through the list, crossing out each thing as you complete it.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.


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Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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