Lazarus Awakening, Finding Your Place in the Heart of God by Joanna Weaver is a microscopic view of the relationship between Jesus and Lazarus. Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” (John 11:13 NIV) Weaver examines this invitation for Jesus to come to the side of his beloved friend, as she pulls apart scripture verse-by-verse, and revels more than just words on a page. She writes “Only Christ can perform the spiritual CPR we so desperately need.” He awakens us from spiritual narcolepsy and good things come to those who WAKE, explains Weaver. When we awaken to Jesus, we become His Lazarus friend.
The book Lazarus Awakening defines a friendship between Christ and His followers. Weaver asks her readers to examine the question “What Kind of Friend Am I?” and uses a ranking scale to evaluate your true friendship with God. Once you identify your current relationship, she then brings her readers into self-correction and positive steps. She reminds them to Stand Still, Sit Still and Be Still and teaches them the art of waiting, as Mary, Martha and Lazarus waited for the Lord to arrive. Her suggestions are always backed by scripture and examples.
Besides scripture references, this book is also richly filled with quotes from well known Christians, such as Francis Chan, James Strong, Max Lucado, C.H. Spurgeon and even Bono. The back of the back of the book features a list of questions to help you identify strongholds, A List of Devotionals, and Resources For Resurrected Living. There is even a study guide which can be used for Christian Book Clubs or Small Group discussions.
Joanna Weaver Quotes from Lazarus Awakening
- If we are ever to be His beloved, we must be willing to be loved.
- Somewhere in our bondage we cease being us and become only our problems.
- I’m tired of giving the devil more airtime in my mind than the Holy Spirit.
I enjoyed this book and the updated information, though her original book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is still one of my absolute favorites. When you write something so amazing, its difficult to compete with your original bestseller. The book Lazarus Awakening, Finding Your Place in the Heart of God expands on the characters of the first book, featuring Lazarus as the key character in this one. Weaver continues her microscopic examination of John 11.
Author Joanna Weaver is the wife of a pastor and lives in Montana with her three children. She is very involved in her church ministry, as well as a best-selling author. Her books and their companion Bible studies have been used by hundreds of churches as well as home groups and individuals. She speak at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally as well. Her passion is to see women become all they can be in Jesus Christ.For more information visit her website JoannaWeaverBooks.com or follow her blog Becoming His.
I received an advance copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Books in exchange for my unbiased review.
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