Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lazarus Awakening Finding Your Heart in the Place of God by Joanna Weaver

Book Description:  Getting God’s Love from Our Heads to Our Hearts
You believe that God loves the world…but sometimes you wonder if He truly loves you.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. 

My Review:  Having heard the Bible story of Lazarus from Sunday School and church I was interested to read Joanna Weaver's book Lazarus Awakening.
I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't just another "rehash" of the Bible story.  In reading this story I always thought of Mary and Martha, Lazarus' sisters, and their reactions to the miracle of Lazarus being awakened from the dead. I never really thought of Lazarus' reaction.
Joanna brings out the joy and the laughter that must have erupted from Lazarus.  He was alive!  The Christ had spoken his name and he now lives! {Wow!  What a thought!}  Christ speaks each of our do we respond?  
I loved this from the book, "Somewhere in our bondage we cease being us and become only our problems."!  Like Lazarus I want to respond with joy when Christ "awakens" me and I become truly alive!  
At the back of the book is a list of questions to help you identify strongholds, A List of Devotionals, and Resources for Resurrected Living. There is also a 10-week Companion Bible Study which can be used for Christian Book Clubs or Small Group discussions or simply on your own.
This is a wonderful book that will encourage your christian walk!
*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
Meet the Author:
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.

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307444961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307444967

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