Book Review: Lazarus Awakening

I feel a little sheepish for finally getting around to blogging and it’s only a book review. Not that book reviews are bad, I like hearing what other people have to say about what they’ve been reading, especially when they are books on my Want To Read List, but, oh, I don’t know, I feel as though this post should be a bit more personal. Like I should tell you why I’ve been away from my blog for the past couple weeks and such.

But, honestly, I’ve not been doing anything, really. I’ve been cleaning my house, doing laundry, picking up poop in the yard, going to the post office, going in and out my back door. That kind of stuff. The kind of stuff that makes up a string of days, and I’ve not turned on the computer as much. That’s it. That’s the sum of things around here.

So, without much further ado, here’s my book review.

Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver is her third book in a three-part series: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, followed by Having a Mary Spirit, and now Lazarus Awakening. These three books center around the three siblings to whom Jesus formed a very strong attachment and give Weaver a jumping-off point by which to draw on similarities in our own lives. By looking closely at the personalities of these three individuals, we can begin to see ourselves in a different light and in the light of our relationship and responses to Jesus our Lord.

These books are written by a woman for women. A man might enjoy reading this, but will have a great deal of female topics to navigate around and might find it difficult to relate to some of Weaver’s illustrations. So, while the meat of her message is applicable to all, I don’t highly recommend these books to men.

Lazarus Awakening is primarily about love–learning about love, learning to love, loving others, loving self, loving Jesus, accepting love, giving love, trusting love, choosing love. Love. For many, I think this book will be very eye-opening especially in a day and age where many don’t understand what love is and what it looks like. Lazarus is a much needed lesson on love.

As I’ve found with her other books, Joanna Weaver is a great writer and uses interesting, often personal examples to get her message across. In this way, I feel the reader connects to the author and the book becomes more meaningful.

I originally read this through for the book review and now am going through it again with my weekly women’s group Bible/book study and find it better suited for a group, personally.

The back of the book is extremely beneficial in that the Appendix sections include a 10-week study guide, Scripture references, and “tips” for helping others, among a couple other sections. I find the Study Guide to be thought-provoking while being “user-friendly”. The questions are open enough to allow you to go deep but safe enough to be comfortable when expressing and opening up in the presence of strangers–in the case of study groups.

While this book wraps up a series, I can’t imagine Weaver handing in her writing tools, and look forward to seeing what God gives her to share in the future. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.

You can discover more about Joanna Weaver and her books at http://www.joannaweaverbooks.com/.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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