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  1. Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God
    Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God
    Joanna Weaver
    WaterBrook Press / 2011 / Hardcover
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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another excellent book for Joanna Weaver
    October 10, 2011
    bookworm
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well worth a read, and not just to read it for reading sake but to really take on board what the author is sharing and to study it for oneself and to give it wings.
  2. Vermont
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of my favorite books ever!
    July 28, 2011
    zekesmom10
    Vermont
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lazarus Awakening is the third book in Joanna Weaver's Bethany series. I've wanted to read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World for a long time. Now I'd love to also read Having a Mary Spirit.

    I loved everything about this book. Being a "why?" kind of girl, I enjoyed finding out a bit of Biblical background about culture and society as well as explanations about the original words used and their meanings. For example, two Greek words are translated in English as friend, philos and hetairos. Jesus used philos to describe Lazarus, meaning someone loved and dear. In Matthew 26:50, "And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him" we might wonder why would Jesus refer to Judas as a friend. The Greek word used here was hetairos, more rightly meaning, according to Spiros Zodhiates, means to "establish a... deceptive and misleading friendship."

    My husband teases me about all the highlighting I did in this book while reading it. It was just so full of wonderful thoughts.

    There are wonderful resources and helps in the many appendices in this book, including a ten-week Bible Study. I somehow missed the red banner on the cover of this book with that information, so will be re-reading Lazarus Awakening while actually following the study.

    I highly recommend this book. Remember, "good things come to those who wake."

    I was provided with a free copy of this book by Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 14, 2011
    Robin
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This author's popular title, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, has never made it to my hands or bookcase. So grateful I am that her latest has!

    So what does the story of Lazarus hold for us? Much! And Mrs. Weaver unfolds the story beautifully in this book. If you are like me and have grown up in the church and with the Bible stories being as common to you as nursery rhymes, then you also understand the struggle to slow down and visit the story carefully—as an observer present during the exchange. This author does a lovely job of slowing us down to see depth of truths in an act we merely accept as a miracle of that time to prove the Messiahship of Jesus.

    Ten chapters take us slowly and carefully through the story as well as through principles of Diving Love.

    "Lord, the One you Love is Sick" . . . don't we all struggle with the sickness of sin and the spiritual slumber our Enemy threatens to lull in us.

    "Our Friend Lazarus" . . . More than service and even our worship, God desires our friendship—our desire to live in deep relationship with Jesus.

    "When Love Taries" . . . My time-table is not God's. And there's good reason for that!

    "Tomb Dwelling" . . . Living with strongholds in our lives and the freedom possible!

    "Roll Away the Stone" . . . Roadblocks of faith—exalting God's truth over my feelings!

    "When Love Calls Your Name" . . . Following God's voice; obedience and where it can take me.

    "Unwinding Graveclothes" . . . Jesus brought the dead man back to life, but it was those around him that were asked to help with the processes of freeing the bound man.

    "Living Resurrected" . . . God's glory is realized in the life fully alive in Him. No partial resurrections!

    "Laughing Lazarus" . . . No longer walking in fear or anxiety but believing God's care is tangible in peace and serenity.

    Being Precepts trained, I appreciated her digging into the original Greek language as well as the quotes she supplied by Bible Scholars Spiros Zodhiates and Warren Wiersbe. Several other brothers and sisters are given space with their nuggets of gleaned truth like Charles Spurgeon, George Mueller, Hannah Whitall Smith, Elisabeth Elliot, Beth Moore, Francis Chan as well as others.

    There were a couple of areas in which I disagreed with her. In one case, she asserts that God created humans because "God was lonely" and that he felt a "lack". Maybe it was poor wording, but there is no lack in the Triune God—nor any way us humans can fill or complete Him!

    I was a bit let down by the end. I can't really put a finger on it, but it just peetered out to me instead of ending strong with more exergis, perhaps, on the love of Jesus. However, I am anxious to one day read the previous two books in this trilogy. I wonder what He holds for me there!

    {Multnomah Books provided me Lazarus Awakening for free for review purposes with no expectation that I would provide a positive review. The thoughts and opinions shared are entirely my own.}
  4. Tell City, Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A complete study of Lazarus & lessons we can learn
    May 12, 2011
    Sharding
    Tell City, Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver- a Book Review

    I have not read the other books by Joanna Weaver on the same Biblical family. I've read the Biblical accounts of Martha, Mary and Lazarus many times. I've even written blog posts. (See Mary and Martha - Luke 10:38-42 at http://thoughtsmeditationsofgod.blogspot.com/2010/05/mary-and-martha-luke-1038-42.html and It was Intended http://thoughtsmeditationsofgod.blogspot.com/2011/03/it-was-intended.html) I just didn't think there was a lot left to say or think about. The author even starts writing this book with this same idea - that there was not much left to say after writing a book about Martha and a book about Mary. After all, Lazarus doesn't even say anything in the Bible account! He just gets sick, dies, is buried in a tomb for 4 days then comes out when Jesus calls him.

    But we were both wrong. She had plenty to say about Lazarus, his death, his time in the tomb and his resurrection at the hands of Jesus. She mentions that Lazarus had a choice about whether to come out of the tomb or not. She mentions that Jesus asked others to remove the grave clothes because we each have a part to play. She mentions that we may be bound in grave clothes and offers ideas how to help others out of theirs. She guesses that perhaps once Lazarus faced death once, he likely had no fear of anything and was truly free to serve Jesus.

    This book has a companion Bible study to use for group or individual study. It offers additional "Resources for Resurrected Living" - books for understanding how much God loves you, tips for getting out of your tomb, how to be a friend to God, and how to help others out of their grave clothes. The reader does not even have to have a Bible to read the Biblical account of Lazarus because it is included as Appendix A! The book is chock full of Bible references, which I personally like so I can "test" the ideas presented.

    This book was provided to me for posting a review by the Books for Bloggers program. After reading this book I am thinking of reading Joanna Weaver's other two books on the same family: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. The author uses easy to understand ideas and presents them in a simple straightforward manner. I liked the book very much. I intend to spend some time with the resources (specifically Appendix E Identifying Strongholds and Appendix F Hints for Unwinding Graveclothes) to learn something about me!
  5. Oklahoma
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book kept my interest from the start to end.
    May 4, 2011
    just4marshel
    Oklahoma
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver

    This is the third book in the author's trilogy. I did not read "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" or "Having a Mary Spirit". But Lazarus Awakening is written in such a way that one does not need to read the other two in order to "catch up" and be current where the Lazarus book begins. The author has written the book where its message can stand alone without needing to read the other two. But I enjoyed the book so much that I am planning on reading the other two. If you feel as if you can't begin reading the Lazarus book until you read the other two, that is not necessary. If you already have the book, then most definitely begin reading it. It will be worth it.

    I chose this book because it stated it has a 10 week companion Bible Study. That is the first thing that intrigued me. I enjoy books that have a study with them. So, I sat out with a plan in mind to read the book for the review and then do the study at a later time. But upon reading the book I became so interested in what the author was sharing and teaching that I knew I would have to do the study sooner than anticipated.

    I have heard many sermons on Lazarus. I have done a lesson or two with my own Sunday School class on Lazarus. But Joanna Weaver presented the story of Jesus' friend in a whole new direction no one has taken before. I did not want to put the book down, but due to life getting in the way I had to. So, I would read it each opportunity I got and was not disappointed when I got to the end. The author was able to keep my attention throughout the entire book. I did not even skip pages just to get through the book. There have been books I have started reading that I did not think I could through it unless I skipped a page or two and this was not one of those types of books.

    The author presents the book from a different angle. It is as if we are the ones entombed and are hearing Jesus say to us "Lazarus come out!" There are many instances, times in our lives when we may feel as if we are like Lazarus, dying spiritually, and needing for Jesus to come and heal us. But then those times take us into the tomb instead. We feel as if we are alone in our spiritual death. But then the Lord brings someone to roll away the stone and we are freed of the rags that bind us. And we hear Jesus calling our name "Marshel come out!" Yes, Jesus could have arrived in time for me to be healed before I had to suffer through the spiritual death. But as He told the others upon arriving at Lazarus' tomb, it was for the benefit of the people standing there that they would believe that it was the Lord that sent Him. If we are healed before the time we need to learn what the Lord wants us to know then we will more than likely not give the credit to the one it should go to - Jesus and our Lord.

    Reading this book made me realize that there are times I don't want to be ridden of the burden of the rags that bind me up and keep me where I am, entombed. If I take the rags off I may have to get up and start living again. There are times I don't want my friends and family to go to Jesus and ask for His help. I want to wallow in my tomb of self-destruction, self-pity. But Jesus loves me too much for that to happen. And when He comes and calls my name I cannot fight His power the Words hold. I have to come out. Come out of the tomb and go to Him. He could carry me out. He could force me out. He could. But all He does is call my name and say "come out". That is all I need. Through those words I know I am loved, that I have a friend and Savior, and that I want to live. Joanna Weaver was able to touch my heart with how she portrayed Lazarus in this book. We know Mary and Martha more than their brother, but after this book I believe he played a very important part in the ministry of Jesus. I know that I want to meet Him in Heaven and talk with Him. He was Jesus' friend and I want to be that kind of friend to Jesus too.

    The Bible study is good for individual use or for a group. You will benefit from this study. If you journal as I do then this will be a great companion to your journaling experience. It offers many prompts and you will have many things to write about in your journal. I recommend this book with a rating of 5 stars. You will not be disappointed. I have written this review for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. I received this book free in exchange for my honest review at www.blogginforbooks.com.
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