Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God

Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God

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Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God by Joanna Weaver, Anna-Lisa Horton

Who was Lazarus anyway? He doesn’t speak a single word in the Bible. We have no record of his great acts of faith. Yet he is described as the one Jesus loves. This audio book is the final in Joanna Weaver’s life-changing Bethany trilogy, Lazarus Awakening invites us to experience a divine shift in how we view our relationship with God. The idea that Jesus could love us apart from what we do is unthinkable for many. Others of us find it difficult to believe in God’s compassion when we don’t see Him intervening in the painful circumstances of our lives. But as the reality of God’s deep affection moves from our heads to our hearts, the stones of unbelief roll away from our spiritual tombs and we are freed to live vibrantly in the light of truth. As Joanna says, “The story of Lazarus reveals the scandalous availability of God’s love if we will only reach out and accept it. Even when we don’t deserve it. Even when life is hard and we don’t understand.” Lazarus Awakening shatters our spiritual formulas and calls us out of the tombs we often dwell in, clearing a path to the sweet intimacy God longs to enjoy with each of His children. Here we discover that “Jesus loves me” is not just a phrase to recite but a truth that can infuse every moment of our days.

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ISBN-13: 9781609812621
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Edition description: Library Unabridged, Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, In Touch, Guideposts, and HomeLife. Joanna and her pastor-husband, John, have three children and live in Montana. Visit her website at www.JoannaWeaverBooks.com.

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Lazarus Awakening 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
bveinotte More than 1 year ago
Joanne Weaver took a familiar passage and made it come alive for me. I loved the new insight I gleaned from this book. I had not read the previous ones in the series so this was my first exposure to her writings. Lazarus Awakening speaks about how God deals with the stones of unbelief, unforgiveness and unworthiness that cover the tombs of our lives.Our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in our lives but do we act like it.We are encouraged to wake up from our spiritual slumbering and live the vibrant life that Christ has called us to and has equipped us for. Besides the study guide, there are appendixes that provide websites and resources for resurrected living, reminding us who we are in Christ, hints for unwinding grave clothes, and recognizing strongholds in an individual's life.Lazarus Awakening includes a ten-week Bible study, filled with thought-provoking questions, and it encourages further exploration of the Bible as it relates to the theme of the book. The appendix includes the story of Lazarus in full, as well as a list of books and other resources that the author has found helpful in her journey. Sidebars placed throughout each chapter help us to further apply what we learn in real, practical ways. I highly recommend all her books. It is a great bible study. Check out her "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World"
VicG More than 1 year ago
Joanna Weaver in her new book “Lazarus Awakening” Book Three in the Bethany Trilogy series published by Waterbrook Press gives us Finding Your Place in the Heart of God. From the back cover: For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process. You believe that God loves the world… but sometimes you wonder if He truly loves you. In Lazarus Awakening, the final book in her life-changing Bethany trilogy, Joanna Weaver invites you to experience a divine shift in how you view your relationship with God. Shattering spiritual formulas for performance-driven faith, Lazarus Awakening clears a path to sweet intimacy with Jesus. You’ll encounter the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in a fresh way as you open your heart to the truth that you are cherished—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, unhindered by fear, regret, or self-condemnation. This edition includes: • a bible study guide for both individual reflection and group discussion • a bonus chapter on laying aside everything that hinders your life with Jesus • tools and resources for living fully and freely as God’s beloved No more graveclothes, no more tombs… Love is calling your name. At the beginning of each chapter Ms. Weaver has a page that provides the specific verses from John Chapters eleven and twelve that she focuses on in the chapter. This way you know what the Bible says before she expounds on it. Okay everyone knows Lazarus dies and then four days later Jesus called him out of the tomb. There is a lot of drama in the story of Lazarus. And then there is a lot of depth. When we look closely we can find a lot of Lazarus in each of us. There is a moment in the book when Ms. Weaver teaches us to pray everyday, “Lord, wake me every day”. Ms. Weaver provides fresh insights into a major event in the Bible. This is a book that we should read slowly so that we capture all of the rich detail that Ms. Weaver provides us. Eleven chapters that can help transform us. There is even a study guide at the end. I believe that this is a book for all of us that we might actually read more than once because of its richness. I also believe that this would make a great gift for friends and family so that they could be transformed as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. 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.”
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Joanna Weaver has a gift of taking a Bible passage and looking at it from new angles. In the passage where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, most commentators focus on Mary and Martha, but Joanna shows us that Lazarus plays a vital role as well. What did he do? He died. He never speaks in the Bible, never does anything dramatic, but when Jesus is sent for; they tell Him that the one He loves is sick unto death. We live in a performance-oriented world and it is hard to believe that God loves us and it has nothing to do with what we do or don't do. Joanna shows us how to live in His love and how Jesus can bring us back to life no matter how dead our circumstances and life seems. There is a resurrection awaiting each and every one of us if we reach out and accept His love. Lazarus Awakening speaks about how God deals with the stones of unbelief, unforgiveness and unworthiness that cover the tombs of our lives. With study guides that provide provocative questions, individuals and small groups can begin to look at what stones need to be rolled away and how to shuffle out of our tomb. Joanna Weaver points out that Jesus loves us so much that He is willing to wait until we are willing to die to ourselves so He can restore us. Once out of the tomb, restoration is a process, but true restoration comes only after what is old and no longer working in our lives dies. One of the most helpful chapters for me was guidelines of things we can do to lovingly help others unwind the grave clothes that bind. The one who is in charge of healing is the Holy Spirit but there are things we can do to help. Besides the study guide, there are appendixes that provide resources for resurrected living. Sidebars placed throughout each chapter help us to further apply what we learn in real, practical ways. I recommend this book for personal or group bible study. Weaver offers readers beautiful biblical insights into this oft glazed-over story and will open eyes to new details that provide deeper appreciation for this story. Lazarus Awakening includes a ten-week Bible study, filled with thought-provoking questions, and it encourages further exploration of the Bible as it relates to the theme of the book. I received a free copy of the book from WaterBrook Multnomah books in their Blogging for Books program for my review.
CHinckley More than 1 year ago
This book/study is about coming out of the grave and into His marvelous light; hearing the voice of God, not measuring yourself against other believers; searching your heart for areas that have gone "dead".  Very well written, honest and "real".  Great study for yourself or a group.  DVD's add a lot to the experience and were filmed in Israel for a great backdrop.
CluckLE More than 1 year ago
I have read all her books and there is always something new each time I re-read them. Excellent group study book and wonderful conversation sessions.
MgriffinMG More than 1 year ago
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! 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.
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SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"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.
Sonshine_Girl More than 1 year ago
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". 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."
Amanda_in_Medora More than 1 year ago
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. 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."
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
mirandi More than 1 year ago
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.