Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver, review




Joanna Weaver makes the story of Lazarus personal for her readers in her book Lazarus Awakening. The chapters are equipped with a box specific for reaching internally, to reflect, and go a bit deeper in applying the “lessons” to one’s life. I appreciate the titles of her chapters. They are very clear in referencing to the applicable verses to the story of Lazarus.

Chapter Seven, titled “When Love Calls Your Name,” brought to attention several facts of the story of Lazarus I have never thought of. I have been a Christian almost 25 years, reader of the Word for equally as long, and I have never thought of how Lazarus responded to His Lord calling his name. That thought is so profound for me. I believe Weaver is after the Heart of God and is deeply set on gleaning all she can from each word and verse. She prods along longer with this thought to extend to “listening.” How do we listen to God’s voice. Are we doing what we can to keep our ears “tuned?” She gives us lots to think about, including how to keep our ears tuned- prayer, God’s Word….what simple and sound instruction!

As I continued reading, I was absolutely affected by another chapter, “Living Resurrected.” Basically, are you living in Christ the way you should be? With purpose, joy, and fullness of life? If I could be so blunt- no! I have trouble with that, and Weaver brings about some contemplation that I surely need in my life. And more importantly, these words she writes are all based upon the Word of God.

I admit I usually am wary of inspirational books. I think we find ourselves too wrapped up in books that reveal what the Bible is saying but not in THE BIBLE enough itself! However, this book, I did appreciate and will heartily recommend to both women and men alike!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review and am not required to post a positive review.