I received a free copy of the book, Lazarus Awakening, by Joanna Weaver, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Below is my review.
Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God
By Joanna Weaver
God loves us. We seem to know this in our heads, but do we truly believe it and feel it in our hearts?
In her book, Lazarus Awakening, author Joanna Weaver gets to the heart of this issue: “Until we get around to accepting His (Jesus’) amazing undeserved favor, I fear we will miss everything a relationship with Christ really means.”
Weaver explains that this “love-doubt” we experience can be “traced back to troubling contradictions not unlike the one in the story of Lazarus.” Then she skillfully takes us through the bible story, exploring both the obvious as well as the deeper, more subtle layers of meaning we can uncover there, as she relates them to our own struggles, fears, and tough questions.
Weaver says, “Suspended halfway between death and life, we’ve accepted the Lord as our Savior, but we have yet to step out into the fullness of life Christ came to give. Instead, we’re holed up in the dark, held captive by our hurts, hang-up, and habits.” Weaver then gently and humbly provides us with new insights and fresh perspectives as well as practical help in overcoming our hurts, feelings of unworthiness, and unbelief that hinder us from allowing God’s love to flow from our heads to our hearts.
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.
While Weaver never provides cut-and-dried answers to our toughest questions, her guidance led me to a place where I could rest easier in the questions themselves.
As I read Weaver’s book, I found myself discovering my own new insights growing from hers. When you find a book that can do that, you’ve found a treasure.
I highly recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading it again, this time more slowly, so I can take my time to reflect more deeply on the truth of God’s love.