Have you ever felt dead inside? It’s as if the world around you continues to spin, but you feel nothing. Nothing but darkness. That’s what it’s like to be a Lazarus.
Based on the biblical story of Lazarus who Jesus brought back to life after 4 days dead, Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God is a call to the reader to come out of the spiritual tomb and really live. It’s about God’s unconditional love and our call to enjoy and intimate relationship with God.
I love Joanna Weaver’s tone and I’ve enjoyed her other book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, very much. She’s honest about her own shortcomings and her writing has a conversational style. I had a little more trouble really connecting with the subject matter of this book. Perhaps it’s because I’m more of a Martha and I really connected with her other writing. I wrote notes and highlights all over her first book and not so much in this one.
There were a couple of points towards the end where my heart connected with the author’s, though. Especially when she talked about her own testimony and lack of a drastic before and after story. I also liked the sidebars that she included throughout the book with extra content. Those gave opportunity for more thought and reflection.
The other thing that’s great is the Bible study material in the back. Joanna Weaver has included questions for discussion and reflection, as well as questions that urge the reader to go deeper and look up several Bible passages. There is a study guide for each chapter and I think I’d have to reread the book sometime and do the study to really get a lot more out of it. There are other helpful resources in the back too.
The reader who will enjoy this book is the one who has struggled with accepting God’s love and who has lived in fear, regret, and self-condemnation for all too long.
I received a free review copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their blogging for books program. My reviews are honest and I am not obligated to write a favorable review.