God doesn’t want us to just live in him; he wants us to die to ourselves so that we can be resurrected in him! In Lazarus Awakening, Joanna Weaver shares how this ought to look in a Christian life. While we might have a tendency to just skim over this amazing story of Lazarus’ resurrections, there is so much we can learn from his story. His story speaks volumes about God’s nature, his will and how he wants us to live. God love us…he loves me…he loves YOU! He wants to be allowed to perform a resurrection in your life so that his will can be done and you can live and walk in His will. He is calling your name, just as he called Lazarus, and he is simply waiting for you to “come forth” so that he may work in and through you. Joanna’s book takes this point and many others even deeper so that the reader can really understand how to take Christianity from a “head thing” to a “heart thing.”
I really enjoyed this study of Lazarus and how his story is applicable and relevant in our lives today. Each chapter takes an in-depth look at a portion of his story and gives application for our lives. I never thought I could learn so much about myself and God’s love for me from such a short passage in scripture. This book is very well written and is easy to understand. There is a companion Bible study guide provided in the back of this book and I really think this would make a great group study; it would be great to be able to discuss this book in a group. The only thing I didn’t really care for in this book is the randomly placed things inserted in each chapter. These boxes usually contain a short quote from someone or a deeper look at a portion of the chapter, but they are oddly placed and break up the chapter in a strange way.
More About Joanna: Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. These two books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Dutch, Chinese, German, Korean and more. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. Past appearances include: The Harvest Show, At Home Live With Chuck & Jenni, Midday Connection, HomeWord, and Janet Parschall’s America. She is also a highly sought after speaker and shares her message at intimate gatherings and several high profile events each year. But Joanna’s greatest joy is found in being a wife and mother and her role as a pastor’s wife.
To learn more about Joanna please visit www.joannaweaverbooks.com.
The Heart of God KINDLE Giveaway:
Joanna is celebrating the release of Lazarus Awakening with the Heart of God KINDLE Giveaway!
In Lazarus Awakening Joanna writes about getting God’s love from our heads to our hearts. We all know Jesus loved Mary – look how she worshiped. And we can understand why He loved Martha – after all, look how she served. But what about those of us who don’t know where we fit in the heart of God? Lazarus Awakening explores the tale of the third follower – Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus. We never hear him speak, we never see him serve. The only thing of any significance that Lazarus did was to die. And yet, the Bible is clear. Jesus loved Lazarus. And He loves you and me as well. Lazarus Awakening looks at different aspects of the story we find in John 11. We learn what it means to be a friend of God and begin recognizing the tombs we spend far too much time in.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
- Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World
- Having A Mary Spirit
- Lazarus Awakening
Joanna will also select two additional contest entrants to receive copies of her trilogy. Enter soon by clicking below (PLEASE NOTE – THE CONTEST LINKS DO NOT WORK UNTIL THE MORNING OF 3/28!) and then tell your friends. Hurry the contest ends April 16th. The winner will be announced on Joanna’s blog on April 18th.
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Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.