The Story of One Woman's Adoration of Jesus
“Mary and Martha are compelling – and competing – drives within us. Both live and make their presence known by inner pressure. And they constitute a crisis of choice.”
Mary of Bethany stands alone in the Gospels. She was the friend of Jesus, sharer of His secrets. She abides, uninhibited and limitless, an eternal emblem of adoration of Jesus.
Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.
Matthew 26:13 NASB
Mary received from Jesus what no other player in the Redemption Story received: His never-ending command that where the gospel is preached, the story of her alabaster jar is to be told. This book proclaims her memorial place with extraordinary insight and reverence, laced with the goal of following this quiet one who was the delight of Jesus into our own ADORATION.
“The anointing of Jesus is the living portrait of ministry that must go out with the Gospel. The motivation of love for God that spills one’s life out before Him for whatever purpose He needs… And please note, it is a memorial not to Himself, but to HER.”
If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
John 12:26b NASB
The Bible presents many major truths in twos, contrasting one against the other. Mary and Martha are just such a juxtaposition. Here is a profound gaze at the very human story of these two sisters and the stark contrast between what pleases God and what does not. Martha Kilpatrick quietly and lovingly dispels the hype and reveals the secret of true worship—the complete adoration of Jesus Christ.
“To know about God is one thing but to be ‘known’ by Him, ah, that is the bliss of Mary.”
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Shut myself away and just sit in silence!
Posted by A.J. on 31st May 2014
This week I have the opportunity to review an awesome book by a lady named Martha Kilpatrick. The funny thing about this is that when I saw this book I immediately pounced on it. I have a very close friend whose favorite character in the Bible is Mary of Bethany. He has always pointed out to me the different perspectives he has seen this character in the scriptures. She never cracked a miracle, had no following, and instead of taking up an offering – she poured one out. He is so fond of her, he actually named his daughter Bethany.
Needless to say, Mary of Bethany has always caught my attention whenever I see her mentioned. I actually feel totally unqualified to write a review on this book! To say my mind has been blown would be the understatement of the year. And yet, my mind has been BLOWN! This book is like eating a box of decadent chocolates. You just want to go really slow and savor every single bite.
I have recently found myself in a place where I don’t want to do anything except shut myself away and just sit in silence. There are so many distractions in the world today. And as an avid technology guru and Apple fanboy, I have more than enough gadgets to keep me entertained for years upon years. And yet, while reading this book I simply turned off everything and got quiet. No pressure to perform. No pressing issues tempting me to leave my state of quiet and rest. What a breath of fresh air! Silence.
Martha Kilpatrick has done an amazing job at inviting the reader into very sacred places normally overlooked by our business. Nothing is required except your undivided attention. You will not want to skim through this. It is mystical poetry at its finest. If you find yourself tired and worn out from all of the “same old same old” and the heaviness of life’s issues and the daily grind – do yourself a favor. Read this book. Don’t just read it – devour it.
No hype. No pressure. Just take my word for it. Delish.
Posted by AtHisFeet on 23rd Jan 2014
This is a book I will read again and again. I have long felt a kinship with all of the Marys in the Bible, but especially Mary of Bethany. I feel as if I have found a kindred spirit in Martha Kilpatrick, who has surely written out of a heart of adoration for Jesus. So much of what she shares in Adoration are the very same truths I have heard while sitting at His feet. What a joy to have His heart towards me confirmed in this little book! Her writing is reminiscent of anointed authors like A.W. Tozer or Watchman Nee. I found myself having to put the book down many times to just digest the words, so deep and rich.
If you are one who has tended to feel somewhat isolated in your single-minded, passionate love for our Beautiful Savior, then be blessed in finding a heart like unto your own in Martha Kilpatrick's "Adoration".
Posted by Jay on 23rd Jan 2014
This book was an inspiring rendition of an encounter with the Son of God on a human level. I am going to use it for group study.
A Different View of Mary
Posted by philip wassung on 23rd Jan 2014
"Adoration" is exquisitely written in a profound but simple style. Describing worship and adoration, it is a thought provoking book that will draw the reader back time and again.
There are not enough stars!
Posted by Tammy Hardin on 23rd Jan 2014
To review this book with a click of stars or written words could never be enough. My entire being is challenged and I am humbled and grateful. God is ever glorious and He is the Person of my praise.
There IS More!
Posted by Jan M. Larkin on 3rd Jul 2013
Over 10 years ago, as a born again Christian who supposedly had ALL the gospel, I hungered for more, and the Lord generously gave of Himself, mostly during times of worship. Those around me neither appreciated nor understood what was happening with me. Then, by "coincidence," I stumbled upon Adoration. Martha had put into glorious words what I had been experiencing! I read and wept, read and wept. If you have a heart hungry for God, this book will prove both a delight and a motivator to draw you even further along the path He has prepared for you.
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