Sunday, April 3, 2011
Book Review: Lazarus Awakening
Here is a summary from Joanna Weaver's website:
We all know Jesus loved Mary – look how she worshiped. And we can understand why He loved Martha – after all, look how she served. But what about those of us who don’t know where we fit in the heart of God? Lazarus Awakening explores the tale of the third follower – Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus. We never hear him speak, we never see him serve. The only thing of any significance that Lazarus did was to die. And yet, the Bible is clear. Jesus loved Lazarus. And He loves you and me as well.
Using a flexible 8 or 10-week companion study, Lazarus Awakening looks at different aspects of the story we find in John 11. We learn what it means to be a friend of God and begin recognizing the tombs we spend far too much time in. As we journey through the life, death, and resurrection of Lazarus, Weaver shows us how to unwind grave clothes – both our own as well as others – so that we can learn how to live resurrected.
Here is my reaction to the book: I always thought Lazarus was just a "product" of one of God's miracles. Just days before he is crucified on the cross, Jesus brings Lazarus back to life, and really, I thought that was all I needed to know about Lazarus. Joanna Weaver has proven me wrong. Through studying John 11 with Weaver's insights, I found that I can learn more from Lazarus than I could by just looking at his resurrection. There is much to be learned from his devotion in life, as well. Also, having gone through my own points of spiritual "death", I know what it's like to rejoice when God brings me back to Him! This book is a fresh look at a well known "Sunday School Lesson". Sometimes the word of God can become stale, even to believers, since we are absorbed in the words so often. It is wonderful to see a new take on the life of one of Jesus' friends. Sometimes we need our own Spiritual refreshment, and I think Weaver's book offers just that. Another plus includes a 10 week companion study that can be found in the back of this book. I haven't gone through the study yet, but I look forward to learning even more from Lazarus in the days ahead. If you know what it's like to go through your own period of "death", if you need a brand new look at the word of God, or if you are just interested in learning more about Lazarus and what you can glean from his story, pick up this book. You will not be disappointed!
Legal Necessities: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through LitFuse publicity.