Friday, April 8, 2011
Book Review: Lazarus Awakening (and Kindle GIVEAWAY!)
For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process. As we consider our inadequacies or grieve our shattered dreams, we find it difficult to believe that God cares for us personally.
In this life-giving book, Joanna Weaver shows you how to embrace the truth that Jesus loves you apart from anything you accomplish, apart from anything you bring. Just as He called Lazarus forth to new life, Jesus wants to free you to live fully in the light of His love, unbound from the graveclothes of fear, regret, and self-condemnation.
Love is calling your name.
Combining unforgettable real-life illustrations with unexpected biblical insights, Joanna Weaver invites you to experience a spiritual resurrection that will forever change your understanding of what it means to be the one Jesus loves. Bible study and Leader’s Guide available here:
My thoughts on the book:
I remember reading Joanna's first book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, many years ago. It helped me get perspective on how to be like Mary in the midst of this crazy, hectic world we live in.
Lazarus Awakening, the third in the author's trilogy (Having a Mary Spirit is her second one), has a different objective. It is written to the believer who has become fearful, unforgiving, or is having a hard time believing that God loves them and that He can be trusted completely with everything.
I was able to identify with a lot of what Mrs. Weaver illustrated in this book. I know what it is like to doubt God, and I have struggled many times in my life with the inability to embrace the unconditional love of God. The author helped me to see myself accurately in the light of God's Word. I gained insight in this book about Lazarus and his sisters as I read how they came to grips with what the Son of God was doing in their lives. He knows exactly what he is doing, even when we continue to question his ways.
Mrs. Weaver has a way with making the Scriptures come alive. I did not agree fully with all she wrote, but these were minor things compared with the whole of the book and its message of healing and restoration.
I give Lazarus Awakening 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
(I received this book from LitFuse for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)
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. For more information about Joanna, please visit her website.
Joanna is celebrating the release of Lazarus Awakening with the Heart of God KINDLE Giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
* Lazarus Awakening