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Posted June 7, 2011
Nothing New In This Book; Written for Older Ladies
We've heard the Lazarus story a hundred times - in Sunday school, reading our bibles, and in church. In all honesty, it's been beaten to death, much like the Prodigal Son story. And unforunately, this book doesn't really add anything to the story. It seems the author (a woman) is writing for other women. There is no real depth, no real insights. Anyone really seeking to learn will be bored. This is a feel good book for old ladies in a women's bible study. If you find those old lady bible studies boring and not insightful, you will not enjoy this book.
I received this book free of charge from the publisher for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
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Posted May 23, 2012
When I began this book, I thought it was going to be a quick rea
When I began this book, I thought it was going to be a quick read. Good, informational, but overall it was short. Boy was I wrong! And not in a bad way! This book was so full of wisdom and insight that I found myself spending days going back and re-reading what I had previously read because it was SO good and I wanted to write it down!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I began this book with just the book in my hand, but by the time I had come to the end, I had my bible, journal, pen and highlighter in hand as well!
This book is centered around the story of Lazarus (not to be TOO obvious) but it takes a view/approach that I hadn’t thought of. Mary and Martha…his sisters. And how THEY might have felt. Having lost, mourned, then gained through the Savior. What were their thoughts…what should OURS be? In our lives we suffer loss, we mourn..but ultimately the LOVE we can gain through a relationship with our Savior is the most precious of gifts…do we accept it? Deny it? Or, do we claim to accept it, share it with others (with the purest hearts) but truly believe He can’t love US. We’ve done too much, said too much…no…He couldn’t love ME that way.
Joanna Weaver want’s you to know He does! And after reading this book, you will crave nothing more than the love that a Savior who would raise the dead to heal two sister’s hearts can give.
Posted February 28, 2012
Enjoyed this book
"Lazarus Awakening" by Joanna Weaver is the third book in the Bethany trilogy, but feel free to pick up this book without reading the first two. I found this book to be very interesting, and enjoyed reading it. "Lazarus Awakening" consists of ten chapters, chronicling the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The book begins when Lazarus is very ill and near death. What I liked about this book was that it told the story, but Weaver also intertwined her own personal thoughts and stories into relevant places within the chapters. I also really liked the study guide in the back of the book - it really helps you get what Weaver is saying. I would recommend this book, and give it a 5/5.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2012
What a great read & Bible Study
Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver is an incredible reflection of the life changing events of Lazarus as written in John 11:1 - John 12:11 in the Holy Bible. Jesus' dear sweet friend Lazarus knows first hand of the loving relationship that can be found in Jesus. He knows what it is like to be called friend. Joanna illustrates how we can come to experience the same spiritual resurrection through a relationship with Jesus and how we, too, may come to be known as "friend".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Joanna makes a comparison to Lazarus in that we are sick, dead inside, tomb dwelling Christians. We have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior but we fail to live the life that Jesus came to give. We hang out in the midchamber of the tomb held captive by our thoughts, fears, anxieties, past hurts, failures, regrets and addictions. A life of freedom in Christ is waiting for each of us. We just have to answer when Love calls our name and challenges us to live. We can't believe the lies of Satan and remain ineffective in God's Kingdom. We must take action.
We all have stones that need rolled away. Stones of unforgiveness, unworthiness and unbelief. What stone do have blocking your spiritual resurrection? Which one do you need to cry out to God to remove from your life?
I love how Joanna describes how the grave clothes that hindered Lazarus are the same grave clothes that hinder us as Christians.
Our feet are bound, affecting our walk with God.
Our hands are bound, limiting our work for God.
Our face is covered, clouding our watchfulness.
Our mouth is covered, muffling our witness.
The thing about grave clothes is that they can be removed. Removed permanently with the help of the Lord. They may be comfortable and we may want to put them on and off at times but if we want to live in the full righteousness of Christ then we need to let them go. We need to remove them, never to put them on again. As you recognize the hindrances that keep you bound and entombed take them to Christ asking Him to clothe you in His righteousness.
Joanna Weaver did an excellent job bringing this story to life. I am thankful for the bonus chapter on grave clothes; how they can trip us up and how we can shed them. I also look forward to working through the 10-week companion Bible Study that was also included in this book.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
Posted July 11, 2011
A Good Bible/Book Study
I liked this book. While I agree with a previous reviewer that if you want to "learn" more about the Lazarus account you might be disappointed, I disagree that you will be bored. I didn't "learn" anything from a purely intellectual stand-point, but my heart and spirit did learn more about my own personal tendencies in regard to loving God, loving self, and loving others. The message of loving well is one that I think is always good no matter how many times a person hears it, and if ever I find myself bored with learning more about love it means I need to take a look inside me and find where the disconnect is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a book primarily written for women and the guides in the back make it very useful for group study and discussion.
This is the third book in her series, but I don't think this book needs to be approached as such. I think it stands just fine on its own, apart from the other two, and a reader having not read the others would not be lost or confused or left wandering and wanting.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted April 2, 2011
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."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
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.
Posted April 2, 2011
Spiritual insight that is both relevant and personal
Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver is the final book in her trilogy about the trio of siblings of Bethany who were Jesus' good friends. Lazarus was ill and his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus. He delayed for several days before coming, and when he finally arrived, Lazarus was dead. Jesus approached the tomb and told them to roll away the stone, then he commanded Lazarus to come out. Lazarus did, making many in the crowd turn to following Jesus and inspiring the Jewish leaders to want to kill Lazarus as well as Jesus. To read the whole story go here or read it in your Bible in John 11. Weaver uses this story to illustrate how the Christian soul is dead until Jesus wakes us up, bringing us to new life in faith. Weaver's writing is also very conversational and personal. She connects with readers as though writing to a good friend, and readers can trust that she truly cares about each of them. Weaver shares her own personal struggles and flaws, using them to empathize with readers while also making spiritual break-throughs. She makes a terrific point about how it is the church's responsibility to remove the grave clothes from newly awakened souls that should be required reading for congregations. Here are just a few of her insights: [God] doesn't forgive us because we deserve it. He forgives us because we so desperately need it. Delayed obedience is just disobedience camouflaged by a promise. Be heavenly minded so you can be of earthly good. Reading Weaver is like a jolt of good coffee. She awakens readers minds to truths that touch the soul.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2012
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