Item description for Martha to the Max!: Balanced Living for Perfectionists by Debi Stack...
Overview Do you long to order your days like Mary, but you're much too busy being the perfect wife, mother, daughter, friend, hostess, and worker---like Martha? With humor and insight, Stack gives "Type A" women ideas on how to "wait more" and "hurry up less," creating time to praise and serve God
Publishers Description Like the Martha of Jesus' day, so many women are preoccupied with being the perfect hostess, wife, mother, worker that it leaves many of them angry, frenzied, and depressed. In "Martha to the Max," Debi Stack uses humor to bring great relief and encouragement to today's Marthas. This entertaining adventure will help readers view and use their abilities in a way that brings a smile to the face of God. Debi gives plenty of practical tips on slowing down and focusing on the 'one thing' Jesus said is needed.
Citations And Professional Reviews Martha to the Max!: Balanced Living for Perfectionists by Debi Stack has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 07/24/2000 page 91
Christian Retailing - 08/19/2000 page 18
Christian Retailing - 09/05/2000 page 90
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN 0802453899 ISBN13 9780802453891
Availability 0 units.
More About Debi Stack
DEBI STACK is an award winning author, professional speaker and popular media guest who uses humor to address women who struggle with over-commitment, perfectionism and stress. She desires to inspire them to lighter hearts and deeper faith. Debi is the author of "Martha to the Max, Smotherly Love, Kisses of Sunshine for Women," and "Kisses of Sunshine for Grandmas." She has also served as an editor, teacher and ghostwriter and has been featured in numerous magazines and on media programs around the country. Debi and her husband, Neal, have two children and one grandchild. They live in Missouri.
Reviews - What do customers think about Martha to the Max!: Balanced Living for Perfectionists?
Great book...could easily relate to Nov 21, 2006
This book gave real world examples that made me chuckle when I realized how accurate of a description they are of me. I would recommend this book for Type A Christian woman who think they can do it all, but need to remember where our focus should be.
"P A M I T P" can also be your new motto if you will put into practice Debi's ideas!!! May 11, 2006
I gave this book FIVE STARS hands down! I love how this author hones in on the ever-challenging struggle us Christian women have between naturally being more like Martha in our own flesh vs. wanting to be more like Mary who willingly takes time to put God first and sit at His feet first every morning. After reading this book I see now that if I am surrendered to Christ and to walking in the Spirit over my own flesh....I can be the BEST of both Mary who sits at Christ's feet and listens and is taught and the BEST of her sister Martha who is more project and task oriented in the details of her day.
My favorite line in the book is on pg. 20 because it describes me and how I lived before reading this book: Debi writes, "Like Martha, I am tempted to perfect my own personal kingdom not seek the kingdom of God. Like Martha, I tend to view life as a series of projects, not a path toward knowing and serving Christ."
I am so pleased to boast that by applying many of Debi's ideas and with the Holy Spirit's help I regularly participate these days in THE GREAT SUPERNATURAL exchange of trading in my days dominated by walking in my flesh as a type A, O-C (obsessive-compulsive) Martha for a transformed life of walking in the Spirit (the best of Mary and Martha) as my new *normal*!
Like Debi before I was intentional and prayerful about living for God, I too was misguided for decades by admiring the unrealistic ways of such type A, O-C Martha perfectionists. But living this way wore me down and zapped me of contentment, zeal and joy! I thank God for Debi and her eye-openig and life-giving book and for her candid and transparent willingness to share her hard-earned lessons and battles so the rest of us may learn easier and quicker than she did! I enjoy Debi's humorous and honest approach willing to laugh at herself! I too use to judge harshly the type B's and viewed them as the lesser and very lackadaisical compared to us superior more competent classic Type A perfectionusts! Like Debi I skimmed over the scripture "Pride goes before destruction" and self-destruct I did which tends to happen when you live your way and not God's way!
But I am happy to report I am much closer to sharing Debi's motto these days of "PAMITP". . . what on earth is that you ask? Well it stands for Peope Are More Important Than Projects! This book is a MUST READ OWNER'S MANUAL for any Type A, O-C perfectionistic Martha's out there! It's chock-full of wisdom, laughs and a VERY easy and enjoyable read! God bless you Debi for sharing from your heart!!
Just say NO to Perfectionism! Feb 11, 2005
As a recovering perfectionist, I needed the reminders Stack gave in this book. She uses a lot of scripture, and she has quite a few academic references, which will appeal to a different type of reader than some of the other available "mom" books. Her main message: busy women, let's follow in Christ's footsteps, put God first, and "just say no" to perfectionism.
Real help for people with unreal expectations Apr 5, 2003
This humorous, fast-read is open, honest and absolutely on target. The author directs her comments to women struggling with perfectionism but most of the comments could just as easily apply to men. I appreciated the biblical basis of her insights and suggestions. This book is a must for any Christian woman who finds herself feeling like Martha of Bethany - stressed and wondering who is going to help with all the work that needs to be done! There are practical suggestions on how to reorder your thinking without surrendering your personality.
Awesome! Jan 11, 2003
This is a truly necessary book for any woman who finds she has perfectionistic actions and attitudes! What a relief and joy to discover that God made me this way - that he has a use for me - and that I can choose to loose the "over the edge" perfectionism and achieve a balance, love myself, my family and those that God has placed in my life! I am so relieved to know that I don't have to do it all and that I can enjoy life. Thanks Debi for the courage to plow through this area and come out victorious!