Friday, April 01, 2011

Lazarus Awakening

Thanks to the LitFuse Group and WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing this book in return for a review.

I absolutely loved this book! I have not read the first two: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (Gift Edition): Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life or Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out. After reading this one, though, I am very inclined to check them out as well. I really felt this book had so much insight on where to focus your mind and heart when you feel God is tarrying in your life. I also felt it had much to say for those trying to minister to ones feeling God is tarrying in their lives. I found it a wonderful mix of good reminders and fresh perspective. I'm not sure I will ever view the story of Lazarus the same again. 

There is a wonderful Bible study in the back of the book to accompany each chapter. I am not normally a huge fan of these Bible studies. I often feel they just regurgitate what the book already said. This one really seemed to engage me in the material. To flesh it out more. I felt like she brought in more Scripture to engage with and take you a little deeper. 

She also has included several appendices: The Story (of Lazarus), Study Guide, Resources for Resurrected Living, Who I Am in Christ, Identifying Strongholds,  and Hints for Unwinding Graveclothes. As I mentioned, I felt the Study Guide very insightful. The Resources for Resurrected Living is fantastic and quite broad in its scope. I found the Hints for Unwinding Graveclothes full of wisdom. Somethings I had learned through life experience but would have preferred to learn this way. There were a few new things in there that made a lot of sense to me. 

Overall, this book is a winner. She writes with great compassion and understanding. I definitely recommend it.

About the book: Lazarus Awakening
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. Bible study and Leader’s Guide available here.

About Joanna:
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.

Link to buy the book

About the giveaway:

Joanna is celebrating the release of Lazarus Awakening with the Heart of God KINDLE Giveaway!
In Lazarus Awakening Joanna writes about getting God’s love from our heads to our hearts. 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. 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. Find out more here.
One grand prize winner will receive:
  •     * A Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
  •     * Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World
  •     * Having A Mary Spirit
  •     * Lazarus Awakening

Joanna will also select two additional contest entrants to receive copies of her trilogy. Enter soon by clicking the icon (see the side bar) and then tell your friends. Hurry the contest ends April 16th. The winner will be announced on Joanna's blog on April 18th.

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